Originally Posted by DirtViking
Originally Posted by marznc
I still use mine. Not that often, but often enough to think they are worth having around. It's a fun way to get back into my ski boots in the fall. I actually use them more during the ski season than during the off season. Find it useful when it's a week or two between ski trips since the nearest ski area is a 4-hour drive.
What color did you start with?
Started with the green and just tried to stay balanced. That was easy, so I moved on to blue, then red and then black. Black was very difficult just trying to stand and keep my fore and aft balance. I moved back to red and tried some edging and rotary moves, but that proved a little too much for me. So I'm now back on the blues and it seems to be the right mix of difficulty and success.
Improving balance takes patience and consistency. I learned that during knee rehab. When I've been off skis and out of ski boots for several months, I start over with the green blocks for all four of the basic exercises.
Same principle applies for basic drills on snow that I've learned since I started taking lessons more regularly from very experienced instructors as an advanced skier (Level 6/7 of 9). I decided to take more lessons after knee rehab. As my Massanutten coach told me when I first worked with him, ingraining new movements takes a season or two, especially the more subtle movements. Took a couple seasons to understand what he meant. Made even more sense by the time a very experienced instructor (RM Examiner) confirmed that I'd become Level 8 a couple seasons ago. One reason I actually have more fun on the short groomers at Mnut now than before is that I know better how and what to practice. (Blues and blacks at Mnut are more like greens or easy blues out west.)
What other balance exercises do you do?