It's my first "real" season skiing somewhat regularly (Mom, at 43, with a set of runner's knees. I'm clearly mentally challenged) and I've done well. I started out here in Virginia and have conquered the local greens- in fact I really enjoy them. I have started to parallel with consistency, have gotten the whole "turn up the hill" thing to help control speed. I have no problems stopping (not "hockey" yet. Next winter!) am balanced and very stable. I've had lessons both here and during an awesome vacay in Steamboat (love love!). I am told by my instructors that I'm far FAR more skilled than I think (one said "you crack me up! you have no idea how good you are. you could ski the blacks with your kids! - and since I like the little bumps my 2nd instructor said I could be called Terrain Park Mom). I do have a decent and healthy fear of heights that I am slowly getting over and I *think* I could take on a few of my local blues (let's call em turquoise) with just some refresher next season. I would like to improve my skills and step it up just a notch.
Here's my major problem- I've read everyone's wonderful (and comforting) advice re: fear of heights and unknowns- but when I dissected my issue I realized mine is more lack of confidence reading terrain. Is there a pitch guide, or sage advice in regard to heck- idk what you'd call it- reading a grade maybe? For instance I skied a short nice blue at Da Boat that I'd never have tackled alone- but I had no problems following my instructor and once I saw what he did, I did it too. I fell once before then (instructor: " you didn't fall. You sat down" - well enough to tear up my PCL, tyvm!) in the most ridiculous place totally out of anxiety just looking at a steep drop (okay, it's called "Dead Man's (Something)- that I only had to go around- not down. I got up, took my skis off, walked maybe ten feet down so I couldn't see the pitch, and kept on (also the impetus to go buy some awesome boots and choose better skis). Ugh! Gave myself a stern talking to about being irrational. Two days later with another instructor after skiing the same area with only the slightest notice I was where I'd freaked out prior, I realized its not so much a fear of the grade as it is my lack of confidence in knowing HOW to attack it. I know I can turn, I know I can stop, I know how much speed I am comfortable with and how to control that, too.. I seem to have a particular aversion to double fall lines and places with multiple angles. Visually I handle tree-lined groomers 100x better than what most people seem to like- big wide open tree-less paths or bowls. I think its because I see the trees or fences and can quickly figure out time/speed/turn required. Put me in a bowl or on double falls- I see all that space and angles and think "oh sh*t! Now what do we do?!" Then I freeze and it all goes to hell in a pole basket. It's not just bowls- any thing that's not a nice, straight, direct path and I'm all flustered. Is there a rule of thumb?
Edited by PermaBunny - 4/17/13 at 6:42pm