We're coming to the end of the road on another ski season. I'll be around for awhile longer, but it's almost time to go into ski hibernation until next fall. I've enjoyed the conversations, discussions and even debates and look at my "initiation" into the club as "interesting".
In one of my last posts I had mentioned struggling for 10 years and many many lessons. In all those years, lessons, clinics and exams not a single instructor, clinician or examiner spotted my one main problem. And simply by stumbling onto that ONE instructor that spotted the my fundamental problem, my skiing completely transformed allowing me allowing me to be the skier and instructor I am today. To this one instructor I dedicate all my effort to helping others in my own way of "paying it forward". Overcoming that long struggle (that should not have been) is what motivates me to try to help others.
I want to thank all of you here on this forum for providing so many things to think about. You have caused me to reexamine my thoughts on just about every aspect of skiing. You have helped me to confirm many of the thoughts and concepts that I've held onto for years, helped me to modify some and broadened my perspective. Those posting MA videos have provided wonderful examples to study, helping me think through situations and mental lesson plans and allowed me to clinic myself. You all have given me things to explore in my own skiing and I would have to say I have had a very successful ski season, skiing as technically well as I ever have (though being a few years younger wouldn't hurt). All the knowledge I've gained from the really talented and caring instructors on this forum has helped me to develop some new approaches and themes to my lessons. And though I maintain the original concepts of skiing that I've come to understand over the past several years, you have helped me broaden them and come to an even deeper understanding of them. And for that I thank you.
Though soon going into the "standby mode" for awhile (as I'm sure many of you will also do) , I'll still peek in from time to time. I look forward to all the future conversations well have in coming months and years.
Thanks again for the stimulating conversation.