So there we are on our 8th Ski vacation and my wife is sitting at the bottom of the run next to our hotel with a face like thunder! She loves the snowy mountains, the ski camaraderie, the food, the whole ski vacation experience but she is terrified of skiing or she was until last year! I know you're all going to say why doesn't she have some one-to-one lessons with a sympathetic instructor, she's done that many times, in fact as far as technique goes, she's pretty damn good and understands the principles well (she's made a study of it) but that didn't change what was going on inside her head.
In desperation I looked for a sports psychologist but they are thin on the ground and you need deep pockets. So we looked for a cheaper alternative. We came across a CD on Amazon called Fear of Skiing by a female author and therapist called Sharon Shinwell who produces a CD specially made for nervous skiers, using Hypnotherapy and sports psychology techniques. It's not tuition. What attracted us was having read about this person, she is a skier and was nervous too at one time...so she understood where my wife was coming from. Nothing to lose we thought.
My wife used the CD as instructed and took it on holiday as there was no way of seeing if it had worked at home. The transformation was quite amazing - don't get me wrong, she isn't going to throw herself down black runs any day soon, but she can at least now enjoy the reds, feeling confident and relaxed and better still, my ski vacations are assured for the future! I am now a great believer in approaching skiing from different angles, like many sports, a lot depends on mental attitude not just physical skills. Just thought I'd share this if your snowy visits to the mountains are being threatening by a reluctant partner!