This may seem like an odd question but it boils down to this:
When you hear someone ask about a 360 do you assume aerial?
I certainly did/do. As a self taught goober who in the 80's took my jean wearing, skinny skied, gaitered self up to the mountain with my other teen friends and we would essentially try to out do each other jumping off anything possible. But I never really learned how to actually ski. To this day (now in mid 40's, back to skiing after 25 year layoff) can land an aerial 360 off anything from about 1-4 ft high (the vast majority of the time).
HOWEVER, in following my daughter (7) around in her learning to ski adventure, one of the drills she has learned is a flat spinning 360. AND I CAN'T FRIGGING DO IT! I get to 180 about 95% of the time, but I can only complete the spin about 15% of the time, I either fall or wind up at a full stop facing uphill and step around. She will spin both ways for the full 360 several times, then laugh at me picking snow out of my waistband. What am I missing? Does anybody but me find it much harder to do a 360 on the snow than in the air?
As a side note, for those of us who may be (shudder) terminal intermediates, who now have kids who are getting a much better opportunity to ski than we ever had (I got maybe 10 days per year from age 14-18), when is it OK for your kid to pass you up. Intellectually you may be saying "I just want her to be the best she/he can be and I am so proud". But some part of you HAS to be thinking "Dammit that kid is only xxx years old and I SHOULD be better than him/her!" I am not at that point yet (not counting the flat 360 thing), but if the current trajectory holds up, I may only hold out for another 3-4 years.
/EDIT: I am fully aware that passing me up for someone who started skiing at age 3 might be akin to becoming the best concert cellist in Folsom NM.
Edited by Alveolus - 12/28/11 at 8:32pm