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post #31 of 55
Definitely the former. Although my way of working on my technique I guess is trying out trails that are just a bit beyond my reach on days when I feel like I am "on".

I dump skiers who discuss technique all day pretty fast. I am a BAD student. I don't know how I look and really don't want to hear about it either. Consequently, I usually ski alone and that's fine with me. I can pick the trails I want, the speed I want and if I need company, the chairlift will do.
post #32 of 55
Perhaps once I perfect my pizza slice I can ride the lift like the big kids.
post #33 of 55
I grew up as friend, then mortal enemy, of a "colourful" world-class racer. When we were kids I quit racing, effectively abandoning him - I was the only other kid his age - and he hated me after that. (Except when we were the only two of matching ability skiing, then we'd hang out. Kids, go figure.)

He'd use any opportunity to try to ridicule me, my equipment, my technique in front of his new "peers" (the older racers). I skied pretty much by myself, so I had no posse backing me up like a cheesey sitcom laugh-track.

After years of that I started to realize I was actually pretty good, and his comments didn't bother me at all -and I'd often make a point of 'hot-dogging' by him if he was training, etc.

Since then what other people think has had no relevance to me at all.

I do work on my technique, doing drills mainly when there's limited visibility, but in general I just go anywhere that looks interesting or challenging.

The faster and steeper the better usually, but I have also come to love the trees and like to stop there by myself and take in the quiet and beauty.

Peace and quiet and speed and challenge. That's what I'm after I guess.
post #34 of 55
What kind of skier are you?
Which are you the more of? The kind of skier who goes skiing for the overall fun experience? You cruise around the whole resort enjoying all the trails, the scenery, the people, the atmosphere. You have just as much fun relaxing on the liftchair taking in the mountain views and chating with the people you ride with. Not worrying about checking the trail map so you don't end up on a bump run?

This one, 'cept I need a trail map. The winter experience is my stress valve.
post #35 of 55
Thread Starter 
Geez, not one instructor has replyed here yet.
post #36 of 55
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Originally Posted by Lars View Post
Geez, not one instructor has replyed here yet.
oh crap, I'll play.....

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Originally Posted by Lars View Post
Which are you the more of? The kind of skier who goes skiing for the overall fun experience? You cruise around the whole resort enjoying all the trails, the scenery, the people, the atmosphere. You have just as much fun relaxing on the liftchair taking in the mountain views and chating with the people you ride with. Not worrying about checking the trail map so you don't end up on a bump run?

Or, are you the kind of skier who works on technique all day. Constantly trying to emulate he better skiers you watch come down the hill as you ride the lift. Critiqueing yourself as you compare others to your style. Not daring to ski under the lift because you might think you look bad to others as you ski. Worrying more about what others think of you and how you look rahter than trying to have fun?

When I'm free skiing, definitely Type 1 (except I look for bumps). I hate trailmaps (Unless I find myself in the middle of a nightmare that I'm skiing Vail, trying to figure how the h to get back to the car). I just wander around having fun - sometimes I even stop and enjoy the view, even on slopes I've skied hundreds of times.

But, I do have days that I'm working on technique, then it's a Type 2, I just try not to mix the days.
post #37 of 55
I'd say I am both, except I don't really care about what others think. I ski under the lift if I feel like giving the run a go. When I am skiing alone, I spend about 1/2 my time doing drills working on minor things, trying to get better. I get a lot of satisfaction out of improving. Other times, especially when I am with friends, we seek out difficult terrian or glades and just have fun. Heck, late in the day you might even find me in the park (*GASP*) hoppin' around in the terrain park. I'm probably the worst guy in there, but I have one of the biggest smiles!
post #38 of 55
Both ! but mostly #1 . Just being there and living the experience is what floats my boat

but i dearly luv to rip and work on technique
post #39 of 55
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Originally Posted by Lars View Post
Which are you the more of? The kind of skier who goes skiing for the overall fun experience? You cruise around the whole resort enjoying all the trails, the scenery, the people, the atmosphere. You have just as much fun relaxing on the liftchair taking in the mountain views and chating with the people you ride with. Not worrying about checking the trail map so you don't end up on a bump run?

Or, are you the kind of skier who works on technique all day. Constantly trying to emulate he better skiers you watch come down the hill as you ride the lift. Critiqueing yourself as you compare others to your style. Not daring to ski under the lift because you might think you look bad to others as you ski. Worrying more about what others think of you and how you look rahter than trying to have fun?
flawed

I am mostly number one, but I only check trail maps unless at Killington.I ski to ski, I normally go to bell to bell. I normally study the mountian and try to find soft snow based on exposure normally winning this battle against bad snow conditons. I just kinda of explore resorts and generally dont like skiing on marked runs. Scenery is nice but I barely stop to look, people are awesome, and I will chew their ears off on the chairlift when with friends. I am not as technique driven as most on this board, Id much rather just ski. I MAKE IT A POINT to ski under chairlifts, and I dont care how I look to the masses.
post #40 of 55
I took the types to mean:
Type 1 = ski for fun most of the time, regardless of form/technique, terrain, or onlookers.
Type 2 = work on technique most of the time, paying attention to form/technique, terrain, or onlookers.

I didn't see any distinction regarding the skill level or terrain choice of either type, just outlook or attitude.
post #41 of 55
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Originally Posted by faisasy View Post
I took the types to mean:
Type 1 = ski for fun most of the time, regardless of form/technique, terrain, or onlookers.
Type 2 = work on technique most of the time, paying attention to form/technique, terrain, or onlookers.

I didn't see any distinction regarding the skill level or terrain choice of either type, just outlook or attitude.
Although that might be interesting background as to WHY people identify with one type or the other, it seems to be just that, BACKGROUND. I don't think you need to know this to find it interesting that most identify more with Type 1. I would think that it corresponds mostly to whether you are a "Type A" or "Type B" personality, unless like me, skiing is your release from being Type A.

After all, someone still climbing the learning curve could be 2, as could an instructor whose job it is to be working on technique all the time. And 1 could be someone whose way of escaping something is to ski just as easily as it could be someone who is a total ski bum.
post #42 of 55
[quote=Lars;589080]Which are you the more of? The kind of skier who goes skiing for the overall fun experience? You cruise around the whole resort enjoying all the trails, the scenery, the people, the atmosphere. You have just as much fun relaxing on the liftchair taking in the mountain views and chating with the people you ride with. Not worrying about checking the trail map so you don't end up on a bump run?quote]

That's me!:

I'm the one practicing bumps under the chair lift that the type 2's are laughing at as they ride above me.
post #43 of 55
I'm too busy racing to have time to have fun

When I'm not racing or waiting to race, I'm a #1. I used to be a #2 until I figured out that life is too short.....don't think about it, just do it!
post #44 of 55
I may outwardly appear as 1, when actually I practice as 2
post #45 of 55
[quote=HotChocolate;589699]
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Originally Posted by Lars View Post
Which are you the more of? The kind of skier who goes skiing for the overall fun experience? You cruise around the whole resort enjoying all the trails, the scenery, the people, the atmosphere. You have just as much fun relaxing on the liftchair taking in the mountain views and chating with the people you ride with. Not worrying about checking the trail map so you don't end up on a bump run?quote]

That's me!:

I'm the one practicing bumps under the chair lift that the type 2's are laughing at as they ride above me.
Is it OK if I point you out to students? I often use people we see from the chair as examples for students - not what that person is doing wrong, but what the student(s) do in the same way as that person and ways to change those movements.
post #46 of 55
you are such a #2!
post #47 of 55
Do you do #1 on the Groomers.

Or do you get off the trail to do #2.

I try to take care of that during lunch so I can enjoy myself on the slope.

I stop often, I tell my ski buddies its to enjoy the scenery but its really to catch my breath.
post #48 of 55
More of a #1. A little of #2

Anything OK for me. Just waiting now!
post #49 of 55
If you're not having fun, then why ski?

I'm basically a 1.

A little bit of a 2 at times. I am relatively new to this sport and I need to do some catch up. My wife and friends are advanced level. I hate to make them wait for me. They don't mind. We're just having fun.
post #50 of 55
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Originally Posted by faisasy View Post
I took the types to mean:
Type 1 = ski for fun most of the time, regardless of form/technique, terrain, or onlookers.
Type 2 = work on technique most of the time, paying attention to form/technique, terrain, or onlookers.

I didn't see any distinction regarding the skill level or terrain choice of either type, just outlook or attitude.
This is close to the point I was trying to make. For some of us (maybe we are too tightly wound), "just having fun" isn't all that much fun. It has to be a bit of a challenge to be fun.

I was kinda surprised to discover this about myself, since I always thought I was pretty laid back. Guess not.
post #51 of 55
#2 no doubt.

Although I know I ski respectably enough so that I don't care who is watching.
post #52 of 55
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Originally Posted by DonDenver View Post
I may outwardly appear as 1, when actually I practice as 2
+1 I'm there to enjoy the adrenaline rush, the beauty of the mountains, talk to interesting people on the lift and hopefully improve my skills to ski better, which makes it more fun
post #53 of 55

Depends on who I'm skiing with

I'm on the "good time" end of the spectrum. If I'm with my buddies, I have a mini DV camera & catch my buddies acting like goofballs on the slopes or on the chair. I scout the terrain and ski fast to get ahead, then film and/or heckle. We have big fun, but rarely stop for lunch.

If I'm with my wife or a mixed group of friends, I'm happy to just cruise around the mountain. If I'm by myself, I practice technique & challenge myself more.
post #54 of 55
I am a skier that loves to rip a mountainside of moguls underneath the main chair whilst the sounds of AC/DC "Back in Black" or Guns n' Roses "Welcome to the Jungle" is echoing through my skull.
post #55 of 55
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Originally Posted by icanseeformiles(andmiles) View Post
...But, I do have days that I'm working on technique, then it's a Type 2, I just try not to mix the days.
Hmmm…”I just try not to mix the days”…

…so far posts read like most folks prefer not to be specifically categorized as a 1 or 2 type of skier (damn those questions requiring a specific response) However, it does appear there is a type “blending” that occurs depending on how an individual is so inspired by their day of skiing.


icanseeformiles has drawn out for me another aspect to Lars’s thread question. Maybe it’s not a choice between being a 1 or 2 but rather is your skiing day consciously type exclusive and you prefer not to mix it up.


Therefore I can say I mix up my skiing day as a 1 and 2. Further, I can now go to sleep this eve as I have found piece of mind with my particular way out of this difficult choice. Please do not tell me I’m terribly flawed here...I need some sleep:
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