Originally Posted by Max_501
Have you ever seen a great skier (you don't know) and skied behind them? If so, were you able to learn anything from it?
Have you even skied over to someone that just rocks, told them so, and then asked if they would watch you for a few turns and offer any pointers? If so, how did they respond and did you learn anything if they watched you?
I once rode up a chair with Phil Mahre at a pro race at Nashoba Valley in Westford, Ma. They used to have the pro tour there in the late 80's. I had asked him if while he was warming up freeskiing on the public trails if he was worried about someone hitting or running into him especially from behind. He said no and proceeded to show me exactly why, with in 2 turns he was gone, as fast and silent as anything I have ever seen up to that point in my skiing, which was about 2 years. This was on pure east coast boiler plate and it still amazes me to this day.
I had another experience similiar to that in my 1st year of skiing I was at Sugarloaf trying to survive Widowmaker with huge spring bumps, had never been on moguls before. I was getting clobbered. 2-3 turns crash. Couple in there late 30's early 40's came skiing by at a nice even pace, I fell in behind them and just tried to keep their rythum. It was working for a while. I was getting 8-10 turns in and still staying upright. They started to get further away , I couldn't keep up then right back to 2 turns and die. I have found that by watching and trying to follow better skiers one will get better. It is alot like any sport, you have to play up to improve. Now as a ski instructor I'm always looking around as I'm out and about to see if anybody is really in over their heads and I'll ask if they would like assistance in getting down a trail. Sometimes a little pointer will set them straight, other times they have asked if they could just ski behind me and I say sure.