Depends on what you hit when you come to a stop.
LMAO!! Yes indeed........
Great posting and video. And your dad did the right thing. BTW, we don't teach kids to ski. Its a lesson in life.
I've seen more kids than I can count laughing up a storm when they fall. And then their friends cover them with snow which results in even more laughter.
Until the next kid comes along to try to spray the fallen child again, loses their edge, and their ski slices a giant gash in the face of the kid that fell first. It's happened..
No doubt. But we see it on the mountains all the time even with adults.
Guess you were always there on the right day.
Staying home is really the safest bet.
77% of accident related injuries happen in the home. (and I didn't just make that up
I think falling is probably similar to instruction/coaching.... you can learn without it, but you'll probably learn faster with it.
You learn a lot by pushing your boundaries, and if you do so often enough you are going to fall a bit.
This is not an easy answer, so I'll answer in in two parts.
As a beginner, you will fall as you do not have the skill set to understand what is right or wrong with what you are doing, the fall is part of the instruction in that you made an error.
As an advance or expert skier, you have near falls when you push the limit of your ability and learn by that close call. The fall happens usually when you step well beyond your skill set or you have a moment of brain drain under the same circumstances. Any of these moments will usually cause a rapid learning moment .
In short at the beginning you fall because you don't have enough experience to recover, at the later stage you fall because you stepped well beyond what you can do. One is unintentional, the other error in judgment.
I'll add that last season I fell once, because of a loss of focus and not lack of pushing my skill set to advance (couple of close calls though).
..........and when you fall, do you learn?
Looking at skiing as some type of performance, falling could be seen as a, I hesitate to call falling failure but it is not an excellent part of the "performance". We don't go out skiing intending to fall. Falling is part of the Experience of skiing. I think how important falling is depends what you are trying to "learn".
The day I mentioned above, I was tooling along, under the lift getting used to skiing in the un-tracked snow. I know why I fell but what I learned is it is ok to fall, i got back up and even laughed about it after I dusted myself off. I am hesitant to ski steep bumps especially if i "think" they are icy, I hate traverses, hike to terrain, exposed areas........I wouldn't call it fear, maybe it is but I want to ski there and probably have the skills to, maybe not rip it I don't rip much of anything, but the skills to ski it safely.
End of ramble, thanks for reading .