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Any thoughts on what skills a person needs who has had a 10 tear lay off from skiing?
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Originally Posted by tom beach
Any thoughts on what skills a person needs who has had a 10 tear lay off from skiing?
Box of kleenex?
post #3 of 21
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Originally Posted by tom beach
Any thoughts on what skills a person needs who has had a 10 tear lay off from skiing?
Tom- bring your balance skills and a sense of humor. You'll probably pick up fairly close to where you left off after you get your sense of sliding again. The new equipment "skis different" when driven as intended, but you can still skid 'em if that's what you're comfortable with. If you do plan to get new equipment, I would encourage you to forget the old rules about ski length. Get some "shorties" (or demo some) and start having fun!!

Good luck and hope to see you on the slopes!!
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Any thoughts on what skills a person needs who has had a 10 tear lay off from skiing?

Just get out there. You will have a blast especially with the new gear.
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The best thing to do as medmarko said, is to just have fun, rent some better gear from the area or a shop and DON"T let the ego get in the way when the shop person says you should be on a 170 cm when your last pair of straight thangs were over 200's!
post #6 of 21
Tom, Perhaps what you need is a Tune Up: check it out at http://forums.epicski.com/announcement.php?f=14
post #7 of 21
Tom,

Your profile indicates that you are a Level III cert.!!! You know what to do. Go to Boyne for the PSIA-C's Season kick off event Dec. 10-12, 2004. There are tons of clinics offered.

ed
post #8 of 21
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typo

Sorry about the lack of typing and proof reading skills, I just wanted some experienced thoughts, I already have my own.
post #9 of 21
I layed off for 25 years. Wooo boy!!! Everything had changed. You shouldn't have a much trouble. Just remember, the equipment has changed and shapes make all the difference.
post #10 of 21
As an L3 instructor, are you asking how you should approach students who have had a lay-off? Or is this a question regarding what you should do personally after a lay-off?
post #11 of 21
ssh,

I know Tom and it's not him. Tom taught at Eldora two years ago, returned to Ohio last year, and rumor has it is coming back to Eldora for a stint this winter.

Tom is a great skier and teacher who clearly has never had a lay off!
post #12 of 21
I came back after 7 years off 2 years ago. Can't believe I ever stopped. Just charge hard and don't be afraid, it helps a lot in getting it all back.
post #13 of 21
It's just like riding a bicycle; it will come back.
post #14 of 21
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Originally Posted by tom beach
Any thoughts on what skills a person needs who has had a 10 year lay off from skiing?
Given Rusty's response, I am sure that it's unlikely I can tell you anything you don't already know, but...

First, I'd look for motivation: why are they returning to the sport? What are their hopes and goals for re-engaging in it? Where would they like to ski? How often and how much?

Second, I'd find out what they know about skiing from their previous experience. How accomplished were they? Where did they ski? What did they like about it? What didn't they like about it? Why did they stop? I'd also be looking in here for their understanding of technique, changes in equipment, and the resulting changes in tactics and technique.

Then, I'd give them some initial thoughts on the differences that they'd likely experience based on equipment, age, etc. and head out onto the snow.

In case it's not obvious, I think that technique, while important, isn't nearly as important as other areas of the person.
post #15 of 21
Tom sent me a pm. He is doing a clinic in Ohio for folks "returning" after some layoff and was seeking ideas.

The other good news is he is returning to Eldora for a stint this winter. Tom and I had one great moment in a clinic together.

Tom......remember the little "tip" given about how women are "different" and how a little tip of the shoulder helps "gals" carve!

Before I'm blasted.....neither Tom or I buy into the tip or physiological differences cited!
post #16 of 21
Hey where is Tom doing that clinic??? Snow Trails?? I would love to take it.

Ed

Ps: Did you know that AC learned to ski at Snow Trails?
post #17 of 21
Hey dude I did it...Then having my kids and friends shaming me into getting rid of the old longboards and my fav Lange XL1000 boots...Stepping into the new generation of Skiing its been a BLASTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT...Even if I get picked on I will never layoff from Skiing again...Your taking the first step by thinkin it over...Your standing on the edge...Dont look back...Leap Leap Leap Leap...
post #18 of 21
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Rusty, I do remember the "tip" and was smart enough not to mention it to my wife.....or any other women!!
post #19 of 21
Hey Tom, are you coming to the Gathering at Seven Springs this season? Check out the details in the Meet-On-The-Hill Forum. Send me your e-mail address and I'll keep you posted. Bring your better half too so she can show me how to ski bumps like a girl.

Rob
post #20 of 21
Tom Beach:

If you´re a real person (not just a "model case") I ENVY YOU !!!
There´s a new world of carved turns waiting for you.
You´re an absolutely lucky man!
post #21 of 21
Lol, Tom is not the one returning after 10 years off guys.

Hope to see you and Lori (hope I didn't slaughter that spelling) at 7S in Jan.

Rob: "ski like a girl" hehe, riiiiight. Girlie rips.
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