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Skiing advice I'd give myself 10 years ago

post #1 of 24
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If you could go back in time 10 years and give yourself a few tips on skiing what would they be? Here are a few of mine...


--Travel often, travel further

--Ski more, party less

--Ski with different people other than your crew and keep in touch with those you meet along the way

--Take care of your gear and learn how to tune properly

--Stretching is a good thing

--Actually learn how to land switch on those cool new twin-tips

--Hike for turns (it's rewarding)

--Take an avy course and learn about your environment

--Don't take yourself so seriously

--Enjoy every moment you're on the mountain. You are lucky. 

post #2 of 24

Take her and make sweet love to her and her and her. 

post #3 of 24


post #4 of 24

Don't bother buying those fatties.  You'll never get as many powder days as you're hoping to.

post #5 of 24
Slow down.
post #6 of 24

don't over think perfect vacation planning - crappy ones are memorable too.

post #7 of 24

You think your weight is forward......It's not.

post #8 of 24
Don't ski weekends.
post #9 of 24

Off season conditioning with a emphasis on ski-related exercises really does make a difference.

post #10 of 24

Take lessons!

post #11 of 24

Spend every day you possibly can on the hill with your beloved uncle - the man who made you a skier. After all, he is 81 and he may not be with me in ten years. He wasn't. But he got to 89 - and skied till the end. The ski muse should treat us all with such grace.


post #12 of 24

Don't look behind you when you're going at mach speed.  Ever!!

post #13 of 24

Ten years ago?

-Don't ski the trees alone


Twenty years ago

-Skip the sports cars and buy a condo in the mountains


Thirty five years ago

-Don't stop skiing

-Apply to University of Montana

post #14 of 24

Take early retirement and move to the mountains (oh wait, I did).

post #15 of 24
Originally Posted by Born2Schuss View Post

--Don't take yourself so seriously

--Enjoy every moment you're on the mountain. You are lucky. 

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Follow those two and there will be no regrets baby!

post #16 of 24
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post #17 of 24

Ten Years Ago, huh?


For skiing, properly tune your ski, push in the turn. Then grip it and rip it. (I never pushed hard on skis because I didn't like the chatter on hard ice.)


For life, friends and fun are more important than anything. If it isn't fun, stop doing it. (Those video games won't do much either!)

post #18 of 24

Go buy some good, properly-fitted boots - you'll be amazed.

Push yourself to improve with lessons and by skiing places you didn't think you could.

Don't get out of the habit of going! (once you miss a season of skiing, it's even easier to miss the next one)

post #19 of 24

Buy skis you are likely to use most of the time, not the ones you use once a year for those epic days.  Buy slalom skis, damn it!


Had I known...............


Not is all lost though.  I finally have it figured out :)



post #20 of 24

Ten years ago? 


  • Start skiing immediately. (I started 9 years ago.) 
  • Buy your first boots from a ski shop, not from the ski swap. Ignore the pleasant but ignorant bootfitter woman's advice that a boot should be comfortable and roomy. 
  • Don't buy your second pair of boots just because they're on sale, and $150 cheaper than the ones that actually fit properly. 
  • Don't buy those foam core ex-demo skis! Spend another $200 on something decent. 
  • Learn to tune ASAP. No, you can't tune with just a diamond stone and a guide. 
  • When you first get to Blackcomb, stay away from the rock garden on the glacier! You're going to break your wrist. Take an off-piste lesson instead.
  • On that sweet powder day five years from now at Grouse, remember there's a cat-track cutting through the run, and turn before you reach it! Otherwise you're going to tear your rotator cuff. 
  • When you start working at Whistler ski school, wake up early and do sessions every day. 
  • Don't snowboard in Ontario. You're going to tear a ligament in your thumb. 
  • Smile on every run. Smiling triggers your brain to make you feel happier. Try it right now!  


That's about it. 

post #21 of 24

good thing your in Canada last 10 years ago for the medical coverage. 

post #22 of 24
  • Skip that last tree run at Brian Head (your ribs will remain intact)
  • Don't avoid the terrain park!

I used to always avoid the terrain park because I wasn't any good at it, and I didn't want to hang out with teenagers (I can't possibly be the only one). But after a friend dragged me in once I discovered how much fun it can be, and how it's generally way more interesting than the blue/green terrain near it.

post #23 of 24

Take your wife skiing immediately and start again yourself...

post #24 of 24

- you will feel much less flexible at 52 than 42 so ski more often, you never know when you won't be able to (not there yet fortunately)

- go out west more often 



20 year ago

- buy a slope side condo 

- more ski trips while single, heli-ski


30 years ago

- ski with my parents more often while they still ski


that said, no major regrets, still love skiing and snowboarding 

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