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Who taught you how to ski?

Poll Results: Who taught you to ski?

This is a multiple choice poll
  • 26% of voters (25)
    Dad
  • 12% of voters (12)
    Mom
  • 4% of voters (4)
    Significant Other
  • 43% of voters (41)
    Ski Instructor
  • 8% of voters (8)
    Friends
  • 5% of voters (5)
    Strangers
  • 36% of voters (34)
    I taught my own bad self
  • 10% of voters (10)
    Other (because this poll is missing something)
94 Total Votes  
post #1 of 56
Thread Starter 

Through out the Father's Day Weekend, I saw a lot of pictures posted on line of dad's teaching their kids to ski.  

My dad taught me how to do a lot of things but skiing wasn't one of them.  

 

Who taught you to ski?

 

My boyfriend took me skiing when I was 18, but I can't say I really started to learn how to ski until I was 40 and treated myself to an EpicSki Academy.

post #2 of 56

I mostly figured it out by myself and by trading tips with buddies.  I was the baby in the family by a number of years and all of us kids started at the same time.  When I was 9 my parents got me gear and had a neighbor who was a skier take me out and give me a couple of pointers for a few minutes (he got tired of me in a hurry), then I was left to learn on my own.  My older brothers ditched me pretty quickly, and I don't blame them because I was a whiner.  It wasn't pretty and it wasn't efficient by any means.  I would have quit, but my mom would never allow that, so I kept at it and eventually began to enjoy it. 

 

By the time I actually took a few lessons they didn't have that much impact on me because the teachers were poor and I was a stupid teenager.  Not a great mix.  My real inspiration was my friends in jr. high and high school.  We sort of taught each other.

post #3 of 56

 I grew up horseback riding and ALWAYS took lessons (sometimes 2-3 per week) so in my mind that was the ONLY way to learn a skill. It served me well. 

post #4 of 56

    My uncle (who incidentally, coached Scot Schmidt way back when) was a race coach at Showdown, MT. I learned from him, my Aunt, and my mother when I was 5...glad to have started young!!

 

    zenny

post #5 of 56

6 consecutive years of ski school lessons

post #6 of 56

Plugged away on it myself, interspersed with an occasional lesson.

 

Took a clinic with Bud and that also helped

 

My major gains happened when I just put more days/year in

post #7 of 56

Who taught me to ski?

1) Hockey Coach

2) Regular instructor

3) Freestyle Coach

4) PSIA guys at the ski school I worked for.

5) Own bad self.

 

 

I'd like to say, "taught my own bad self" because I spent a lot of time hacking around in back country as a child.  However, the real progress started to happen when I joined a hockey team.  So, the hockey coach that taught me how to skate actually also taught me my basic skiing technique.  A few years later I parlayed that in to a week in intermediate lessons, then skied many many days/years getting better on my own.  I don't really feel I took much away from those 4-5 lessons other than better, easier ways to tackle moguls at the most basic level.

 

Enter joining the Freestyle Team.  There was where I transitioned to a truly advanced skier.  Freestyle Coach had the biggest impact on my skiing for sure.  Finally, I began working for the ski school and got a lot of good stuff from the weekly instructor clinics, along with just hanging with a lot of solid technical skiers. 

post #8 of 56

My father introduced me to skiing and when he'd seen enough off he went and left us with Mom. Mom didn't like witnessing my current style of skiing and did her best to no avail.I did learn a hockey stop early having morphed that out of controlled crashes. That lasted until I was old enough to be dropped off for the ski school bus and I did this until my Junior year of high school ,then knowing everything there was to know I played  with my brother mostly as a skiing partner. I did a short stint as an instructor in my year following high school . After many years went by I became an instructor again and learned I didn't know s**t and have been training since with good and some great instructors and mentors.  I taught myself but learned from many.

post #9 of 56

My mom and dad taught me when they were ski instructors. I think I was around 2 years old. I still get a couple great lessons a year from their old ski buddies, who are all now mostly level 3s. 

post #10 of 56
My dad was big in to skiing when he was younger but we never went skiing until we had some family friends moved out to Breckenridge. At that point he had been away from skiing for a long time so he let our family friend teach us. IN fact I still get pointer from him when I ski with him. I will say learning from a one legged skier was certainly interesting, he still skis better than me though
post #11 of 56
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by lonewolf210 View Post

My dad was big in to skiing when he was younger but we never went skiing until we had some family friends moved out to Breckenridge. At that point he had been away from skiing for a long time so he let our family friend teach us. IN fact I still get pointer from him when I ski with him. I will say learning from a one legged skier was certainly interesting, he still skis better than me though

Maybe you'll find the humor in this. 

http://www.epicski.com/t/103709/its-better-on-one-leg

 

It was inspired by some incredible adaptive skiers we saw in a ski movie. 

post #12 of 56

ski instructor and my mom for about 10 years. after that coaches and instructors every now and then.

post #13 of 56
Quote:
Originally Posted by Trekchick View Post

Maybe you'll find the humor in this. 

http://www.epicski.com/t/103709/its-better-on-one-leg

 

It was inspired by some incredible adaptive skiers we saw in a ski movie. 

 

roflmao.gif

 

I guess that's partly true. 

post #14 of 56

I marked "Dad" on the poll.  He was definitely the one who got me started & spent the most time with me.  Only had one real lesson as a kid when I was about 10 or 11.  My older brothers also gave me some good tips growing up.  Really learned the most when I began teaching at age 18 & have been in lessons ever since.

 

JF

post #15 of 56
Thread Starter 

As a side note:  You can select more than one of the Poll options. 

post #16 of 56

Cool poll. 'Own bad self' - funny and true.

post #17 of 56

Me

post #18 of 56

I checked off "other', because all the media is missing; books, DVDs, videos, the Internet and of course, You Tube. Perhaps this should count as "My Own Bad Self", but many people get information and tips form the Internet and then go try it on their own. Not saying it's the best way to learn, but it's out there. Before you knock it, many of the instructors on this site have instructional You Tube videos posted, so they are buying into it as a valid teaching tool.

 

You could have a whole thread on "Things I learned To Do From You Tube", skiing included.

post #19 of 56
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Shoebag View Post

I checked off "other', because all the media is missing; books, DVDs, videos, the Internet and of course, You Tube. Perhaps this should count as "My Own Bad Self", but many people get information and tips form the Internet and then go try it on their own. Not saying it's the best way to learn, but it's out there. Before you knock it, many of the instructors on this site have instructional You Tube videos posted, so they are buying into it as a valid teaching tool.

 

You could have a whole thread on "Things I learned To Do From You Tube", skiing included.

You are right!  That is a good call and something that should be in the poll. 

 

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post #20 of 56
I learned to WANT to ski by watching the '68 Winter Olympics in Grenoble - Jean Claude Killy. Naw, I really wanted to impress a girl in school who said skiing was her favorite sport. Now she lives in Florida and never skis (at least that's what she said at our 30th high school reunion). Wish she could see me now. But I digress . . . . 4 lessons and then following my little brother around for years. Pretty boring....
post #21 of 56

Dad put skis on me and learned with me at about 5, none of us knew squat.  A really cool USAF friend of his showed which end of the skis went in front (very cool bachelor for 1956, Head skis, could ski backwards, and yodel).  A ski week at Boyne, a race camp at Telemark, and 2 winters of skiing a lot on private molehill ski club in Madison (first 100 day years) during junior high. 9th grade Anchorage with a pass for another speed bump skiing every day but this one had a ski school on it and they let me start clinicing with them (think they got tired of seeing me always standing 50' away) actually taught my first lesson for them in the 9th grade.  2 Winters in Colorado Springs teaching on Pikes Peak on weekends and skiing Broadmore many nights (actually taught a couple of classes in a white shirt & tie when the Breckenridge instructors blew off a couple of ramp lessons at Sears where I worked).  Back to Anchorage in Jan of Senior year, at 18 got my full Cert pin (L3); then started learning how to ski.

 

A well mis-spent youth.                  Ya, Dad taught me how to ski.

post #22 of 56

Mom and a bunch of Austrians. And the next door neighbors.  

post #23 of 56

I think the hill taught me....... but then again, I may not know yetconfused.gif

post #24 of 56
Quote:
Originally Posted by Trekchick View Post

Maybe you'll find the humor in this. 

http://www.epicski.com/t/103709/its-better-on-one-leg

 

It was inspired by some incredible adaptive skiers we saw in a ski movie. 

haha. That's pretty funny. You missed an advantage though when someone breaks a ski they give you the other one for free!

 

Not quite as funny but still pretty cool

 

post #25 of 56

Other:  older siblings.  But only for a run or two on my first day, thereafter I was on my own.

Here we are at Camelback, PA around 1969 after I had a couple seasons under my belt.  Motley crew.  My brother on left was/is good and had the Head Standards. Big brother in center had just got back from a tour in Vietnam with the USMC.  He was cold the whole ski trip.  I think I was on a pair of red and white striped Fischers with Cubco bindings at this time, and leather boots with metal buckles.

post #26 of 56
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by lonewolf210 View Post

haha. That's pretty funny. You missed an advantage though when someone breaks a ski they give you the other one for free!

 

Not quite as funny but still pretty cool

 

I love it!  

"Pamela Anderson has more prosthetic in her body than I do and no one calls her disabled."

post #27 of 56
Quote:
Originally Posted by crgildart View Post

Who taught me to ski?

1) Hockey Coach

2) Regular instructor

3) Freestyle Coach

4) PSIA guys at the ski school I worked for.

5) Own bad self.

 

 

I'd like to say, "taught my own bad self" because I spent a lot of time hacking around in back country as a child.  However, the real progress started to happen when I joined a hockey team.  So, the hockey coach that taught me how to skate actually also taught me my basic skiing technique.  A few years later I parlayed that in to a week in intermediate lessons, then skied many many days/years getting better on my own.  I don't really feel I took much away from those 4-5 lessons other than better, easier ways to tackle moguls at the most basic level.

 

Enter joining the Freestyle Team.  There was where I transitioned to a truly advanced skier.  Freestyle Coach had the biggest impact on my skiing for sure.  Finally, I began working for the ski school and got a lot of good stuff from the weekly instructor clinics, along with just hanging with a lot of solid technical skiers. 

Wow, I'm surprised there's someone else who shares more or less the same progression as me. I own most of the basics to hockey as well. Edge wise hockey and skiing are the exact same thing, skates are just a bit lighter though. wink.gif

 

Me and a friend from hockey tried it out for the first time when we were in the 4th grade. Remarkably we were both making parallel turns that same day, granted the local ski hill was literally, a hill. But looking back knowing how hard it is for some to learn today I still am pretty surprised. To bad it all hasn't come that easy. biggrin.gif

post #28 of 56

Other.

 

Similar to Jamesj, I had five older siblings who took turns teaching me to ski.  At first, they would guide me down the hill between their legs, then take me back up the T-Bar to do it again.  I was not quite 3 years old that first season on the slopes.

 

Eventually, I was able to make it to the bottom myself.  However, it would be a few years before I could ride the T-Bar alone - because I was not heavy enough.  If I tried to ride alone, it would lift me up several feet off the snow and spin me around backwards.  Never made it all the way to the top going in reverse.

post #29 of 56

1. only a few day lessons at first. (3 or 4)

   gave up as I always seemed to get way too easy classes.

2." Own bad self"    for 30 yrs.

 

Did a lot of ice skating when starting which helped. Got to a strong stem christie quickly

and was on black runs on 4th or fifth time out.

 

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post #30 of 56
Dad!! Started at a very young age, Dad would ski down the hill standing me up on the front of his skis. Started skiing at 3 or 4 years old in my little pink ski suit. Loved it ever since!
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