Hello! I have been reading these forums for a couple years now, and thought I would post to see if I can get some positive reinforcement/see if anyone else ever has felt the same way.
I grew up skiing in NH ....started at age 7...stopped skiing around age 19 when I went off to school. I was never very "skillful", but I was certainly fearless and would ski down moguls/difficult blues/maybe even a black if my brother wanted to.
I took about a 7 year break and started skiing again 2 years ago. At first I felt like I had never stopped...but this season I have been so totally scared. Last year I fell and got a concussion (with my helmet on!) while skiing at Okemo. I'm 28 now and I want to keep skiing and improving for years to come!
I am terrified of steep terrain....especially here in NE where it is often icy....I don't know, I am afraid that while on a steep run there will be a dad with his kids just waiting somewhere in the middle or that I will somehow lose control and just fall forward and seriously hurt myself. I have no idea where this blind panic came from, it never used to bother me.....I was skiing on Risky Business at Sunday River the other day and started to CRY because I didn't think I could do it.
Any words of advice?! My boyfriend tries to give me encouragement that saying I know how to stop/avoid people in my way, that it's all mental, etc. It doesn't help that he was a snowboarder and started skiing last year and has now surpassed me in skill and confidence! It just makes me all the more nervous.
Perhaps a private lesson would help me? Do you think an instructor would know how to push me out of my comfort zone? I don't just need skills I really need someone to beat it into me that yes, I can do it!
Sorry for this "emotional" post....I don't know anyone else personally who has gone through this retrogression....I know I can basically ski anything but I just get so nervous that it's like I lose all sense of rationale thought and my skill set when on the slopes!
Cheers from Massachusetts.