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Thank you everyone for telling me to go racing - it has improved my free skiing already

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Thanks to all who advised me to go racing in the thread I started earlier this season asking for racing vs psia as a way to improve my free skiing. I'm sure PSIA training will be helpful as well, but I chose to join the Mammoth Masters program this season.

 

We had a five day pre-season camp in late November, and now training every Th-Sun as often as we have time to show up.

 

Though I haven't entered a race yet, the camp and the weekend training has definitely helped my skiing. You guys were right.

 

The discipline of the gates, and the feedback from the coaches, the video analysis (woah that was painful to watch lol), and the free skiing with the coaches has been awesome.

 

Last week I had the best ski day of my entire life. After a morning gate session, and video analysis we went free skiing with the coaches.

 

And for the first day ever in my life I skiied a double black diamond run at Mammoth with what I felt was grace, control, and that indescrible feeling of "flow."

 

The things we had worked on - "ski the tunnel aka stay low through the transitions", driving the inside knee, staying committed down the fall line, still upper body - all directly applied to the free skiing.

 

I was able to arc lines down steep, ungroomed snow that I really never thought I would be capable of doing.

 

I'll probably never be on a podium - and that wasn't my goal - but I'm so glad to have found this program.

 

So - thank y'all

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glad to hear it!! smile.gif

zenny
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No doubt about it.

Gates will teach you to ski well or else!

Training is not like being in a course for real at all.

When you know the clock is on and all your buddies are watching you don't want to suck.

The adrenaline flows and the clock doesn't lie.

You will want to get better then you will want to see how good you can get.

Best of luck and stay safe.

Don't let you brain write any checks that your body can't cash!

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That has been my experience as well.  I started racing 6 years ago after 35 years of free skiing and actively avoiding gates.  Wish I had started racing back when I was younger with bigger balls.  LOL  Who knows where I would have gone?

 

Rick G

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Pretty universal - one has to go to a racing program to learn how to ski well. Most good skiers I talk to have been in one at some point. You can generally tell by the helmets they use wink.gif

Still can't figure out why though... maybe non-racers complicate things too much and forget the basics... Or consider these basic skills too advanced and leave these skills for too late, when improper movement patterns are ingrained and hard to change? Or is it simply the time and energy one devotes to a "racing" program?

Good luck with your continued improvement!
Edited by razie - 1/1/13 at 8:54pm
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Pretty universal - one has to go to a racing program to learn how to ski well. Most good skiers I talk to have been in one at some point. You can generally tell by the helmets they use wink.gif
Still can't figure out why though... maybe non-racers complicate things too much and forget the basics... Or consider these basic skills too advanced and leave these skills for too late, when improper movement patterns are ingrained and hard to change? Or is it simply the time and energy one devotes to a "racing" program?
Good luck with your continued improvement!

 

 

Why I did not start racing till recently when I was already an accomplished skier?  The biggest reason was that when I was learning (70's & 80's) and racing might have been a help, I viewed racing as too structured.  I had never participated in organized sports and I liked being able to do my own thing.  Plus being the young Hippie that I was, I was intiminated by all the rules and regulations.  I was quite happy to ski bumps and the trees, stopping to enjoy one of nature's finer smokes.  My ski heroes back then weren't the racers, it was the freestyle skiers zipper lining bumps and doing arials as well as the extreme skiers hucking cliffs and skiing big gnarly lines.  That is what I wanted to do back then, so racing just never appealed to me.

 

What I wish I had known back then, racing would excelerate my learning curve and help me ski trees, and big lines better.  I am not sure if racing would have helped with my arials and cliff hucking  skills though.  That just takes some bigger balls than I got.

 

Rick G

 

PS  I still can't do airials except for a half assed spread eagle and I never grew my balls big enough to huck any cliff over about 5 or 6 feet.

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