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Something New - Taking it to Another Level

post #1 of 37
Thread Starter 
I really didn't have a subject. I just wanted to start a new thread with the following rules.

1) No mention of the words Tai Chi will be permitted.
2) No mention of the Pseudonym "Tai Chi Skier" will be permitted. That includes simply saying TCS.
3) This thread must be killed prior to getting to 20 freakin pages.

Here's the topic:

What is the one thing you think you need to do to take your skiing or teaching to another level this year and how will you accomplish it?
post #2 of 37
I need to overcome my timidity when it comes to trees. To do that I have to ski in them a lot.
post #3 of 37
I've been told that I have one thing to fix: "turning my hips too much in my turns". But I am not foolish enough to believe that is the only thing I need to do to reach the next level. I have been chasing the "one thing" for 3 seasons now. Every season it's a different thing. This year the focus will be "There is no try. There is only do or not do."
post #4 of 37
Hey TR, are you told you rotate your hips with the turn or counter them too much?

I've got to get back to being able to ski the bumps. I've basically avoided them since the mid-1970s, when I had to have both knees aspirated and injected with steroids because of the abuse I'd given them in bumps.
post #5 of 37
For my 3rd season on skis I want to learn to carve. How do I propose to do that? Tip my feet more. Been working on the balance board and dry land (living room) tipping. Can't wait to get on the snow!!!
post #6 of 37
KB,

The former (i.e. I do not have too much counter). Which is hysterically funny to me because the in thing not so long ago was don't counter too much. Over the last couple of seasons, however, I've noted the examiner focus was on reinforcing that some counter was necessary. The glass is 1/2 empty people would say "make up your mind". Being a 1/2 full glass person, I can feel the difference in my skiing. I'm just not dialing in the right amount all the time.
post #7 of 37
I'll be refining my waist skills, and revisiting my explorations of rotational orientations.
post #8 of 37
Quote:
Originally Posted by therusty
KB,

Over the last couple of seasons, however, I've noted the examiner focus was on reinforcing that some counter was necessary.

I can feel the difference in my skiing. I'm just not dialing in the right amount all the time.
Rusty, how do you define the right amount?
post #9 of 37
I need to improve my switch parallel skiing without using my waist and keeping my skis on an edge.
post #10 of 37
Rick said, "...revisiting my explorations of rotational orientations."

It is so refreshing to hear this kind of statement from a long term coach/instructor. So often the attitude seems to be one of not wanting to hear about new ideas unless they come from the top down.

yd
post #11 of 37
1-heal my injured leg
2-ski a lot-pure miles, baby!
3-ski with the best skiers I know and some I have yet to meet
post #12 of 37
  • Get an I-Pod
  • Load up my I-Pod with Barry White songs
  • Get some stretch pants
  • Work on my Tight Cheeks skiing technique
post #13 of 37
If my knee lets me I´ll be working on my left turn which is less good with my left hip replacement. I was pleased to have improved it last season thanks to both new better boots and some useful tips including those at Epicski.

Not just that. I´ll consult my skiing with a few knowledgeable people and hope to get some more hints. I also plan to dissect WS with some members of our German forum which as a result might have some impact on my skiing priorities.
post #14 of 37
What Rick said... plus balance... possibly by way of what Rick said.
Later
GREG
post #15 of 37
I have to get better at carving up moguls. I bought shorter skis for that. It will take some practice; it's all too easy to give in to the traditional slide, skid and pivot method.
post #16 of 37
Looking at a new plug boot, a little softer than the Technica xt. It may help me get a little more flexion with my inside ankle which may help my demos during lessons and clinics.

RW
post #17 of 37
The "one" thing? BWAHAhahahahahah!!!
post #18 of 37
Quote:
Originally Posted by therusty
KB,

The former (i.e. I do not have too much counter). Which is hysterically funny to me because the in thing not so long ago was don't counter too much. Over the last couple of seasons, however, I've noted the examiner focus was on reinforcing that some counter was necessary. The glass is 1/2 empty people would say "make up your mind". Being a 1/2 full glass person, I can feel the difference in my skiing. I'm just not dialing in the right amount all the time.
So you lack inside hip movement into the turn? I found that a focus on relaxing the new inside knee and letting the point of the hip follow that knee helps.
post #19 of 37
Quote:
Originally Posted by FRAU
The "one" thing? BWAHAhahahahahah!!!

Think positive: It's one thing at a time.
post #20 of 37
I'm gonna get better at short turns. To maintain speed and rhythm on different pitches is a huge challenge.
post #21 of 37
Thread Starter 
Weems,

I have a sure fire way for you to improve your short radius, move to the Midwest. When you ask most instructors to demo a short radius, you get short radius. When you ask for medium radius, you get short radius. Long radius? Well enough said. When you ski 250 ft. of vertical, you must space out your lift rides to at least 90 seconds, which requires about 50 turns. It's also the only way you can pretend to get a leg burn.
post #22 of 37
If this year is anything like last year then I'd like to improve my breathing technique in deep snow.

How? Drive to Wall-Mart and buy a friggin' snorkel.
post #23 of 37
Woodee,
You complainin' or Braggin'???
post #24 of 37
Quote:
Originally Posted by Stache
Woodee,
You complainin' or Braggin'???
Both, I guess.

Can't flash a run if you can't breathe. I just hope it's a problem again this year - I'll be ready.
post #25 of 37
Skiing - to find out WHAT it is I need to do to improve! I knew aggression and speed were issues, so I've bought some skis which give me the confidence to ski more aggressively and faster. Now to work out what technicals underpin my deficiences. And to do a lot MORE skiing...to get out there.

Teaching - to keep developing the ability to give the right info at the right time in the right quantity. To better gauge when guests want to do a bit more skiing, and when they want a bit more teaching.
post #26 of 37
I'm still trying to become less earthbound. I'd blame gravity, but I know it is fear.
post #27 of 37
On a more serious post, I've been really trying in my free skiing to practice skiing the "slow line fast," and the fast line even faster.
post #28 of 37
I would like to work a lot more on one-ski skiing. Once you can ski well on a single ski, you can operate wonders on two. Now that I quit teaching I should have more time to hone my skills. Hack a few cliffs before I am too old for that would be nice also.
post #29 of 37
To have fun. I have to figure a way for my teeth not to get so cold from smiling so much.

I want to help my son get better than me.
post #30 of 37
>>>What is the one thing you think you need to do to take your skiing or teaching to another level this year and how will you accomplish it?<<<

I need to get about ten years younger,( Oh to be 63 again, what a dream that would be) but since I don't know how to accomplish that, I'll work hard to maintain the level at which I am now and be satisfied with that.

And oh yeah! I will go and teach myself the whole PMTS stuff just to see if I can do it, which I am confident I can since I can do most anything else on skis.

....Ott
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