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I forgot how to ski...again.

post #1 of 9
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It's funny how as much as things change, they still remain the same.  I posted this exact same topic around this time last year...with lots of gnashing of the teeth and self-flagellation about my lack of skills.  Well, I completely forgot about that this year and went skiing today.  For the first time all year.  

 

The results?  My legs hurt.  My feet hurt.  My skills are gone (but not forever).  I skied like crap in the bumps and couldn't make a single good turn.  Once again, I forgot how to ski.  But I did ski and that was cool.


I've now realized that I'm just going to suck in November and therefore, I need to ski as much as possible during the early season so I can be on my game come December time frame on.  'Cause that's what early season skiing is for...getting the kinks out...shaking the rust off...relearning the basics...but most of all...having fun.  

 

So I'll report back in December and regale you with my tales of awesomeness (not really, I just have a great imagination) or at least tales of competence on the slopes.  But for now, I'm going to put my early season time in to shake off the rust, get my body used to moving on skis and hone the skills so I can get ready for the season.

 

Hope to hear some great early season reports from everyone this year!


Bill


Edited by Sugarloafer321 - 11/9/14 at 2:54pm
post #2 of 9

How many years have you been skiing?  I remember feeling that way the first day for about the first dozen years.  Then for no perceptible reason, I had a year where the first day felt good.

post #3 of 9
It's just like riding a bike, except your on snow. Not really.
post #4 of 9
I do not care who you are it always takes time to get back to where you were the season before.
post #5 of 9
Thread Starter 

It's frustrating but kind of funny how I practically have to start from scratch each year on opening day.  I literally couldn't find my COB...I couldn't carve a single turn (skidded everything) and of course, had a devil of a time in the bumps.  I also tweaked my low back when I did a poor job of absorption on one of the bumps.  Part of the issue is I need to get my ski legs under me and I need to do that on some greens and blues.  Once I get back in the groove, I can jump back into the mogul fields.  But if I don't have confidence in my basic turns, that's a recipe for disaster.

 

Early season skiing is usually all advanced terrain and it's all bumped out b/c everyone is skiing the same 3 runs.  While it was really fun, I think I'll have a better chance of improving when there is a bit more easy terrain open.  Last year was the same for me on opening day.  It took until December before I really felt good on my skis again.  I'm sure it will be the same this year.  Maybe a bit earlier.

 

Bill

post #6 of 9
S-L-O-W D-O-W-N your not a spring chicken anymore. :-) Do drills, basic movements, stretch before skiing and leave the bumps to the teenagers.
post #7 of 9
Thread Starter 

Well, that was part of the problem.  The only way down from the top of the lift was that bumped out trail.  Like I said, that's the tough part about early season skiing.  I do agree that I should have stretched out both before and after skiing yesterday.  That was just dumb.  

 

Bill

post #8 of 9

I feel ya.  Granted, I think this will be my 11th season, but every time I do the 6 hour drive to Mammoth, I feel like a dork the first day.  And bums? not my preferred path down.

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I feel ya.  Granted, I think this will be my 11th season, but every time I do the 6 hour drive to Mammoth, I feel like a dork the first day.  And bums? not my preferred path down.
There's an old truck saying. It's a hell of alot easy to get in one than it is to get out. Spend 30-40 years 10-15 hrs a day and you'll know exactly what it means.
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