The Mahres used a lot of "good turn / bad turn" training. The theory goes something like what you describe with the fascinating addition of experimenting with known movement errors and that helps us identify where we are in relation to that magical zone. So by moving into and out of that zone, we are eventually more likely to make the appropriate semi conscious movements that would get us back into that zone. From the perspective of the mind, it's this experimenting with conscious incompetence that allows us to eventually move to unconscious competence. A state we see commonly among racers and other competitive skiers but not nearly as frequently in recreational skiers. It's even rarer in ski school classes where the strong focus is on movements and learning which movements are most likely to produce our intended outcomes. It is through a balance of activities that we can first experience the middle of that zone and then through exploring, we can discover the threshold and edges of that zone. What that experience offers us is a chance to develop more confidence since through experimenting we discovered the fact that even when we are temporarily outside of that zone, it's just not the traumatic event so many fear. All we need to do is a corrective move so we get back inside that zone. Flirting with the edges of that zone is IMO where the most fun on skis can be found. But we have to believe in our minds that we can successfully move between those two states.
Edited by justanotherskipro - 1/10/13 at 11:07am