We tend to get really particular about ski instruction, and some of us (namely me) overthink things too often.
When this article was posted I thought, "yup, that's right."
When I was taking a lesson with @Bob Barnes at Stowe and @cgeib was the videographer I was in one of my "overthinking moments" when Cgeib said, "just think about one thing. Core. Forget about all the other stuff you have going on in your head. Breathe and think about engaging your core" [paraphrasing] Every since then, if I'm skiing with cgeib and he holds up one finger to me (no not THAT finger) I know he's telling me that I'm overthinking.
So, I'll just think about one thing the next time I ski, and it won't be pink elephants.
*I'm not so sure about the boot buckling advice in this article. But that's a discussion for Ski Gear, eh?
Snip From the article by Lisa Richardson at LIftopia for Business Insider
When I taught skiing, the most common question I’d hear from clients, no matter what their level of proficiency, was: “So, what am I doing wrong?”
Well, that would be the first thing you’re doing wrong.
1. Worrying about what you’re doing wrong.
The brutally honest answer to that question is: You don’t want to know. It will suck up all the fun, make your head explode, and torpedo your morale.
The brain doesn’t operate constructively by focusing on the negative. If I say to you, “What you’re doing wrong is thinking about pink elephants. When you ski this next run, just don’t think about pink elephants. Think about hugging a bear,” I’ve basically offered you a recipe to have a mind-messed-up run thinking about elephants doing horrible things with pink bears while hating yourself and deciding you can’t do anything right. Fun-O-Meter? Zero.)
It’s better to start with a clear positive foundation… as in: Here’s something you’re doing right. Now here’s something to focus on doing to improve your experience.
But don’t believe me when there are actual experts around.
I reached out again to my on-call brain-trust, the pros who work in Whistler Blackcomb’s Snow School on the MAX4 program, and asked them to share the most common mistakes skiers make.