Originally Posted by weems
We are a sexy profession!
Yes, you are, but it eventually goes beyond that. It's all about liberation, and I'm not talking about the BS political rhetorical definition of the word. Accomplishment of ski skills is about liberation from fear, and liberation from feeling incompetant. IMHO, there is more of a deep psychological feeling of overall accomplishment from skiing than there is from any other sport.
I think back to the DH Lawrence quote I used to use in my sig file:
"Be Braver in Your Body or Your Luck Will Leave You."
In The Virgin and the Gypsy,
the analogy goes beyond sexuality. She became liberated from the whole oppressive lifestyle her parents imposed on her.
Back to skiing. I think that anyone who gets stuck at the "groupie" level never really learns the sport, or perhaps they never really want to. Some people just love to live in a perpetual state of infatuation with whoever they perceive as being "in control." I'm not making a value judgement, just stating a fact.
But to learn to ski, it has to be less about the instructor's personal attributes than it is about the instructor himself. I fell in love with Weems' skiing
before I ever took a lesson from him. He was featured on OLN, and I said, I want that!
But no matter how well he skied, or how gorgeous he is,
if he did not have the gift of being able to show us how he does it, he would be pretty useless as an instructor.