Originally Posted by JoeB
One great example of this is an experience I had over 40 years ago, when I was first learning to ski. I started skiing during the '67-'68 season, driving up to VT from Hartford every weekend starting right after Thanksgiving. I acquired what I thought were some pretty decent skills that way and came roaring back the next season determined to get much better. I got off to a great start--that great feeling in athletics of getting measurably (and noticeably) better each week--until there was a big 3-week thaw in January. During that period, I was frustrated because of the enforced hiatus in my learning curve--I could just feel myself losing ground.
But when I resumed my trips, I had a startling experience--something that Restak talks about in his books: by not only thinking, but brooding, about ski technique for 3 weeks, my brain was actually hard at work sharpening the neural pathways to make me a better skier. I got back on snow not only without losing sharpness, but actually with more technique than I had the preceding time. Wow!
What are other peoples' experience on learning away from the hill? JoeB
That´s a very nice story.
There´s a similar axample I know from a friend of mine. He came to Australia as a 20-year-old not very good ski racer. Some time later he had to quit skiing for four years because of some health problems. Fortunately enough, he was already a freshman at the university studying sports science. He devoted the time to thorough understanding of skiing and had some excellent teachers from various parts of the world. "After the four years I was back on skis and was better than ever before," he told me on some occasion about 10 years ago.
He could become a part of the Pro Tour and later was a coach both in Australia and here in Europe. He is definitely one of the best racers of his age category (45 now) and on a few occasions he raced on the FIS Masters Cup he never finished worse than 3rd.
The basis of his indisputable skills were the four years without active skiing but living and thinking skiing most of the time.
Having finished his theoretical period he knew exactly what and how (yes, the HOW BigE mentions) to do. The rest seems to have been the practice.
Shouldn´t you -at least sometimes - concetrate less on the fact you´re learning and simply enjoy skiing?
You say you can ski all day. Well, then ski! Just do it!
"Otoh, freeing the skier from permanent external input and let him use the right part of his brain, the "holistic", non-analyzing one and enjoy some "natural learning" with intrinsic self-feedback and possibly the state of "flow" might produce great results." (from my post http://forums.epicski.com/showpost.p...58&postcount=4
I completely agree on the necessity of some previous experience.
I like the "city analogy" although I don´t know how well it applies.
The Cybervision System seems interesting. Only Killy, now 62, as a ski model in 2005, is somewhat outdated.
As a result, I´m perfectly sure that it is possible to "learn" = improve, perfect our skiing over the summer. As JoeB showed it doesn´t have to be summer but summer is the part of the year we usually don´t ski and can concentrate on the mental work. In the skiing parts of the season skiing habits often prevail and most skiers just ski and don´t work on their skiing skills.
It´s the motivation, of course. Most skiers are not motivated enough to ski better. Only those who are will be "thinking skiing" in summer and taking advantage of the things discussed here.
Btw, isn´t it funny that the same quotation about learning to ski in summer appeared also in "my" German forum last week?
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