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post #61 of 75
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Originally Posted by Gary Dranow View Post
and don't forget about Rick's balance drills for higher level skier's at MSR.com Its all about expanding your range, limits and skill sets regardless of your level Dead ends not allowed
i will check that out. thanks.
post #62 of 75
Nice post Rick.. as usual I found a way to adapt some of that to dry land exercises - including trying to do a D-stance on one foot while working in a modified lotus position (one leg folded to hip)

Can't wait for the snow to actually try some of this.

btw.. is it ok with you if I cut n paste your posts so I can print them and take with to the resorts? Its much easier just saving the relevant stuff. Don't worry.. I won't reprint any parts of them!
post #63 of 75
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Originally Posted by RoboGeek View Post
Nice post Rick.. as usual I found a way to adapt some of that to dry land exercises - including trying to do a D-stance on one foot while working in a modified lotus position (one leg folded to hip)
That's an excellent dryland balance exercise, RoboGeek. From there work on moving through the fore/aft plane, balancing on ball of foot, balancing on heel, etc. Then with eyes closed.

This gives me an idea for a new article. Thanks!




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btw.. is it ok with you if I cut n paste your posts so I can print them and take with to the resorts? Its much easier just saving the relevant stuff. Don't worry.. I won't reprint any parts of them
Of course,,, feel free to copy these lessons (or any of my posts here on Epic) and take them to the slopes with you.
post #64 of 75
Hey Rick!

Finally got to put some of what I've been practicing to work! Went to Chestnut Mtn yesterday and got a private lesson - just to get used to it after 15 years. Went through the usual bunny hill stuff to get my balance and feel for the skis, and since the Novice runs were closed, she asked if I wanted to try something a bit harder...

So we head off to a nice long green - I was skiing with a sore left ankle and figured I might have probs turning right. And sure enough I was turning left fine, but had all kinds of issues going right - including a couple of times I had to bail out because I couldn't even get into a wedge.

So about halfway down we stopped for a rest, and she was going to watch me try a couple of turns to see where my problems were. I decided I was going to concentrate on my position and balance, and just ignore my actual technique and position of the skis.

Well.. that did it. It was like a switch went off in my head. I was in perfect control, executed turns perfectly the rest of the way down and shocked the heck out on my instructor!

Went to the bunny slope again and practiced some of the things from this thread, and tackled the run again all alone. Ran over my pole once, but otherwise it was a smooth run down.

Once I remembered to do the D-stance and be aware of my body I could do anything she told me.

Thanks for a great thread, and thanks for helping get addicted to skiing once again
post #65 of 75
Thread Starter 
That's great to hear, Robogeek. Thanks for letting me know, and enjoy your rediscovered passion with the sport. Remember, half the fun of getting there is found in the journey.
post #66 of 75
Ok, Rick. I had one day on skis, Friday at Stowe, with Spring conditions....some scraped off with rocks showing and some areas of thick 'sugar'. Here is the feedback.

The good news is that I have no issues with the knee with the meniscus repair. Whew! It's as good as the other knee. Take that out of the equation.

However, the left foot is another matter. I'm out of balance. It's still too early to be out there, as 'the marble' is still giving me pain under the ball of my foot near the second toe (it seems the surgery didn't do the trick). Half of my foot is also nerveless and numb, which is taking a little getting used to, but not as bad as I thought it would be.

Getting forward on that foot is not possible yet, so my tendency was to sit back during every right turn! I felt out of control, unstable, and at the end of the day (I skied all day), I could tell my right side was doing all the work (one sore leg!) When I stand centered on my skis, I noticed the right ski and boot is flat, the left one is tipped so the ski is not flat, but up on edge a little bit, favoring that sore spot.

When I saw Stu Campbell Friday night at Charlie B's, he said one thing to me: "Don't ski yet. You're just going to settle into bad habits". He's probably right. I'll compensate for this and then have to overcome it later.....or will I?

When we got back from Stowe yesterday, there was a message from my podiatrist: my footbeds are in, come in Monday to get them. I'm hoping that makes a difference!

I'll take the footbeds out on Monday and give them a trial run (if there's snow!!!!).
post #67 of 75
Bonni, I am not sure I agree with Stu about not skiing because it will engrain bad habbits... He is completely right, and if you were more concerned about your technique than just going out on the snow and having fun with friends and family I would say you probably should not be skiing. However, for you, skiing is so much more than technique and if you want to be on the snow for the sheer enjoyment of being out there - I say go for it as long as you are comfortable being out there. You do not however (and I am guessing this is Stu's concern) want to push so hard to be out there that you end up doing more dammage to yourself. I hope the footbeds work out for you.
Good luck.
Later
GREG
post #68 of 75
Thanks, Heluva. I went out again today, but I felt unstable again.

When my area opens again on Thursday, I'll throw the footbeds in the ole boots and give them a spin.

I do love to ski!!
post #69 of 75
Rick writes well and appears to be a very thoughtful holistic coach. Id bet he could help just about anyone improve a lot in a short time.
post #70 of 75
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Originally Posted by ramshackle View Post
Rick writes well and appears to be a very thoughtful holistic coach. Id bet he could help just about anyone improve a lot in a short time.
If you want to learn about skiing, just do a search for all posts by Rick and read them all. I'm quite serious.
post #71 of 75
Rick,

I was doing rather well using some of your advice, but unfortunately, the lessons are over for this season.

I will resume next year. Apologies for the timing.
post #72 of 75
Thread Starter 
Hey Bonni,,, I'm so sorry to hear about your mishap. Best wishes to a speedy and full recovery, and I'll be here when you're back in your boots and ready to continue.
post #73 of 75
That will be next season.
post #74 of 75
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That will be next season.
Put it this way,,, I'll be somewhere.
post #75 of 75
Just let me know where that is.
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