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post #31 of 34

Guts vs Technique

Brice618, technique if fine and Cooley statement is definitely true. BUT don't let yourself be a total technique geek you'll lose some of the fun of just flowing with the Mountain. Yesterday I rode up the lift with a 20 yr old andhe was complaining about how tired he was. I got a big kick out of this because I'm 40 yrs older and not tired out. Why ? technique, on intermediate terrain especially I ski relaxed. Guts is good, technique work on it just don't get consumed, have fun an enjoy a great sport and experience. Pete
post #32 of 34
I have been wanting to post this topic for awhile myself, all to often on this site is technique discussed in great lengths when the mental aspect(guts) and athletic ability is ignored. I will be the first one to tell I like make due with guts and strength over technique lots of the time. Often times I find myself in way over my head and the only way I know this is because I am plastered in the snow somewhere. Luckily at our age we bounce.

this thread now has a pics brice PM me if your not ok with this.

You can actually tell a lot about someones skiing while they are air born, and you can also tell that someday with the right technique that you will be going much bigger someday if you doing this. at 10 days a year. this is all based on this picture and the others. things your going to need to work on. no order

1. Your ankles arent flexing at all, I doubt its flexing when you are actually on the snow. this is part of the reason why you in the backseat as you implied in the boot thread.

2. Your arms are lazy. your elbows should be ahead of your ribcage and arms slightly out hand in front. when your trying to learn this you not looking for stiffness you looking for functional tension among not only your arms but also you entire upper body.

3. The above two things and I am sure many other things are contributing to overall balance point that is aft of where is should be. aka backseat skiing , backseat skiing will hold you back most of the time. Backseat skiing makes bumps nearly impossible, your quads burns , it looks bad to a trained eye, and overall its just not letting you get better.

this is what your plans should be

1. New proper fitting boots as suggested in the other thread, no need to go stiff just yet.

2. A lesson from a good instructor, you want to learn and with you diiling back the terrain should be easy. your jumping cornices already easy blues where your learning on will perfect for you to learn some of that "technique" stuff on

3. Get out of Texas(DD are you listening), you will never get "really" good skiing 10 days a year.

4. ski everyday you can. blow off everything that you can just to go skiing. Think skiing live skiing make skiing your life in the winter. OCD is huge a plus when trying to become a better skier, and trust me you will need to be more obsessed.

5. Always ski with people better than you, if they are female all the better. If the basic technique is there being pushed constantly is a great thing.

so yeah keep us posted on the progress
post #33 of 34
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haha, so i told ya'll i have guts! i'm sure its very obvious i lack alot of technical skills, but i am eating and sleeping skiing and trying to aborb all the knowledge i can off the mtn to put into place on the mtn.

thanks for the great post bushwacker
post #34 of 34
Jezz its gettin close to winter so I feel like the technical forum again. brice618 I took what you are saying to extremes. I had all the guts and athleticism in the world and the ability to trash my way through endless mogul fields. There was virtually nothing inbounds that I would not tackle. Especially on a dare.

My technique was basically windshield wiper turns, everywhere. I hated blue and green terrain and considered instuctors inept. I judged all skiing skill by the terrain that a person was willing to ski and how confident they were to get down it. I assumed for years that I had better technique than most because I could ski terrain with confidence that 97% of all skiers just gawked at. I even switched to telemark to increase the risk and fun.

What changed all that. Three letters ARC, as in, Age Related Complex a short term for everything that starts to hurt.

By my early 40's I was in trouble on energy and stamina. I could no longer ski anything close to the way that I wanted to and was then being forced to ski easier terrain. My zest was gone and so was the life of great skiing.

A couple of whacko gorp eating telemark instructor types talked me into becoming a ski instructor over a beer. Well that seemed like a new challenge that I could do locally so I set about to show everyone how to ski.

At first all I wanted to do was teach high level skiers but it did not take long before I had learned enough about technique to lose even the confidence to teach a never ever skier. Okay I broke down and decided I skied like sht and was going to learn how and gain that respect back I once enjoyed amongst skiers. I had my tail between my legs.

In short, I suddenly found that skiing greens and blues and learning was great fun. As my technique improved I was able to ski difficult terrain again without tiring.

Some things have not changed. I am a skier whom is always looking to get in over my head and I have found a new way. The better you are the more trouble you can get into. With me, curiosity has always killed the cat. My skill level is now such that I can get extreme angles and very high G loading. Oh boy, that's addictive. I am back to not walking at the end of the day with no way out in sight.
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