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I am the worst skier that I know

post #1 of 15
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Hi everybody. I'm new here, so if this is in the wrong place, feel free to move it.

 

The last two years, some friends of mine have taken a ski trip to a resort that, for the most part, uses fake snow. We are going for the third time tomorrow, and I'm going to put it bluntly: I am the worst skier with any experience that I know of. I constantly lose control, and sometimes I fall intentionally in order to avoid sliding off the course and dying lol. I'd say I do the worst on the turns and on stopping, but I'm just bad in general.

 

I play sports, so it's not that I'm just horribly unathletic; I am just really, really bad at skiing. Is there any hope at all for me? Do you have any advice? I'd appreciate any guidance.

 

Thanks!

post #2 of 15
We all are our own worst critic. As long as you enjoy skiing, keep on keeping on! Take lessons, read books, watch videos, etc etc. Take it easy. Don't ski out of control and ram into someone else.
post #3 of 15

Take lessons and ski more.  

post #4 of 15

Welcome to EpicSki.  

Take a day on your trip to sign up for a lesson.  You'll be shocked at how much you'll get out of it and you may find more of the mountain opening up to your new skills. 

post #5 of 15
Try to learn to ice skate in off season,that will go a long way.
post #6 of 15

What kind of gear are you on?  Is it possible that your skis are way too long to learn on? 

 

Have you had any instruction at all, or are you just trying to wing it?

 

  1. Stay on the easiest run until you CAN turn and stop with some proficiency.
  2. Take some lessons.  If you can't take lessons try shorter skis.
  3. Ice skating is an excellent suggestion as well.  The skills transfer well to skiing.
post #7 of 15

1st, 90% of skiing is keeping your weight forward so the front shovel of your skis engage in the turn and carve . . . majority of skiers are just turning with back or tail of ski.  So keep your hands forward and exaggerated like you are riding a bike because the rest of your body weight will follow your hands (just experiment and let your hands go back and see how you get on back of skis and out-of-control).  Its also extremely imporltant that your shins are constantly pressing against the front tongue of your boot and ultimately when you learn to carve a turn you will see it is just simply as easy as pressing against that tongue and . . . .

2nd, rythem of pressing forward on the front of your downhill boot, turning and then shifting weight on that uphill ski and starting the transition to carve on that other ski

3rd, if you get to a real resort then take an all-day lesson

post #8 of 15

There's nothing to worry about. You'll go from awesome to the most rad skier on the hill the older and drunker you get. And thru Epicski you'll get to know lots of rad skiers ;) 

post #9 of 15
^^^ Rad by association? I like it.
post #10 of 15

Since you haven't said so, let's assume you like skiing, or at least you want to like it.  

 

We were all the worst skier at some point. People who take lessons and try to learn all they can end up being not the worst in short order. Some of us become quite accomplished!

 

I suspect your friends may also be taking you to runs beyond your ability. You would be better off taking a lesson and then working on exercises and development on the green runs for a while until your confidence and skill rises. 

 

Good luck!

post #11 of 15
I'd checkout the hills near you and see if any of them offer a series of lessons. A hill by my house that I'd never want to actually ski at offers great lessons for $100 (3 group lessons plus another day lift ticket). The hill is flat and short but they have a large ski school. Doing the three pack really helped me progress quickly.
post #12 of 15

Three pieces of advice I can give you:

 

1. Take a lesson.

2. After you take a lesson, practice what you did in the lesson.

3. Repeat steps 1 and 2. 

 

Notice how I set up an endless feedback loop there? It never ends. As somebody who has been instructing for over a decade, I still take instruction. I seek it out. If I don't get instruction in a long while, I start jonesing for it. Never stop learning. 

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post #15 of 15
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Originally Posted by ImBad View Post
 a resort that, for the most part, uses fake snow.

 

 

Fake snow? you mean the grass mats, or plastic BB encrusted dry slope sort of thing?

 

If you mean snow from guns I prefer to use domestic, versus imported snow. Given the vagaries of weather, let alone climate questions, domestic snow is all that makes large scale skiing possible in many areas.   

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