I just spent a number of days skiing out in Utah with my daughter she's 23 and has been skiing since she was 2. One day while riding the chair at Powder Mtn. we watched a ski lesson below and she commented that it must be hard to learn to ski as an adult. As a long time instructor I just said it depended on many factors but she went on to say she can't remember learning to ski. For her it would be like someone teaching a person to walk. As far as she remembers she's always known how to ski and can't remember learning how just as she can't remember learning how to walk. I just found her perspective interesting and after teaching people how to ski for over 20 years I've never thought of it that way or heard that before. After thinking about it I think in some ways I'm lucky I learned later in life I can still remember my first time on skis and how frustrated I was and I feel this perspective helps me relate with my students. At the same time I can't help but think how cool it would be to think of skiing as innate to your being as walking.
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2/13/07 at 10:26am