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I Did It!

post #1 of 12
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Today was my first outing in 3 years (2nd time ever) and boy was it a blast! When I found this forum I started reading and planning out how I was going to tackle this skiing business. A lot of the articles were VERY helpful and some provided videos and pictures. So thanks to this forum I didnt make too much of a fool of myself.

My first time ever was a few years back with 185cm straight skis and it was the toughest sport I had ever tried. I was all over the mountain and couldnt even turn. But this afternoon I was with a friend who's actually a 2nd grade teacher so he was really able to help explain things in a way I understood. My first time I was so frustrated I wanted to quit and never go again. Well I got the bug again and today I must have made a 500% improvement from before. I started out on the bunny hills to get used to the new used skis I bought (160cm K2's) and wow do parabolics make a difference! Everyone should learn on these things since its so much easier. I did fall a few times and got plowed over by a ski lift (funny sotry for a different time) but the entire day was still fun. I managed to do a weaker black slope a few times w/out much trouble and even did a small jump twice. Im just stoked now that I realize I can ski and its not so frustrating anymore. Okay Im sure you are sick of hearing about my day but mostly I wanted to say thanks for this forums existance! It really helped me prepare for skiing in a way that was more enjoyable.

As for my lack of technique, is it correct to feel like Im sliding my heels out when trying to carve and make short and sharp turns? Thats how it feels to me and it really seems to work. Im sure I look like any other newb on the slopes but I tried to focus on use pressure on the outside foot to make my turns and I was able to make very sharp turns on a consistant basis. My mindset is as long as I get to enjoy what Im doing I dont care how perfect the technique is, especially since this was my 2nd time out. Lastly, when turning how much do you guys keep your weight forward on your toes? For me it felt like being balanced right in the middle was "safest". I'd apprecaite any thoughts on that if you have a sec. On that note, I must go take a hot shower to sooth all my sore muscles that I havent used in several years! lol
post #2 of 12
Turbo6, well done!

Now, honestly, if you've read a lot of the threads here, you already have answers to those questions. But, most folks aren't going to learn from reading; they'll learn much more from doing under the watchful eye of a knowledgeable teacher/coach.

You don't say where you live, but perhaps it would be helpful to meet up with a bear or two for a few runs--or a real lesson--one of these times?
post #3 of 12
Congratulations Well done.
I guess you got some use out of your old bindings too.
As to technique, Don't be too critical until you have enough time on snow and skills to get some less forgiving skis (Which you have proven are not what you want yet), just try to ride your edges full-steam ahead on a less steamy pitch.
post #4 of 12
Resistance is futile.
post #5 of 12
Relax,tip skis,smile.
post #6 of 12
Staying centered in your boots sounds right to me. You won't be there all the time but that's where you want to be so you can move forward or back as your situation dictates. It's never too early to learn good technique. You know you got it right when one movement set builds on the next and your skill sets never needs to be discarded because they no longer work well.

Get yourself a good lesson, a private if you can afford one although a case can be made for the benefits of group learning (more opportunities to observe and listen to feedback). Keep reading the instruction forums here and don't be afraid to ask questions. Above all else, let the fun factor guide you.

Welcome to a life time of fun and challenge. As Phil and Seven of Nine said, "Resistance is futile". Welcome to Epic.
post #7 of 12
Welcome to the world of ski crazies -----you'll never be the same again
Glad u had fun this is a super sport that u can do for a long time . I'm 63 and luv to rip and didn't start downhilling till i was 50
post #8 of 12
Thread Starter 
ssh, Im in NE Ohio and the resort we goto is Boston Mills/Brandywine. We have a few small places here but nothing like Colorado, but thats my goal over time is to be able to handle the mild slops in the rockies. I've been told our blacks out here are like the blue slops out west. Im not up to that level yet, especially with real powder. I have no clue what it would be like to ski on deep snow but out here we are lucky to get more than a 4 ft base, which is usually fake snow or sleet crap that looks like groomed rice.

As for the part where I feel "centered" its usually while Im making any kind of medium or sharper turn. On my last couple passes on the blue slopes I managed to do some real carving and found myself almost hopping while switching balance from foot to foot. It felt fairly natural, so that usually means its really wrong lol.

In the future I will get a lesson for sure, but probably not from the staff at the local resorts because I seriously dont have much faith in someone who skis on a 300 ft high hill.
post #9 of 12
There are a few on here who ski near you, including Ott, Pierre, and SrMike. I'm sure there are others, too. Put a post on the Meet on the Hill forum and see if you can connect with one of them.

Enjoy it. You're at the beginning of a wonderful journey that has no end. And it is the journey that generates its own reward.
post #10 of 12


Turbo6. Welcome to our cult, smiles radiate from your descriptions. Be warned however, too much fun will addict you!! Go for it.
post #11 of 12
Don't let the size of the hill dicate the expertiase of your instructor.

300' vertical is a common size for teaching hills. Some of the best instructors on the planet teach at these small hills.
post #12 of 12
Congrats, Turbo. You're right, balanced in the middle of the foot, feeling just light pressure of your shin against the front of your boot is best.

As to your tails pushing out at the start of the turn,,, that's rushing the beginning of the turn. Try to be patient at the beginning of the turn, let the turn happen more gradually. Let the tails displace a little through the entire turn, rather than a lot right at the beginning and then less later. Stand on the side of the trail and wait for a good skier who seems to be making long, smooth turns (not tail tossing rushy turns) to pass by you, then try to follow exactly the tracks he/she has left. This will give you a good feel for what not rushing the beginning of a turn feels like.

And don't rush to ski difficult terrain either. It's fun to bag difficult slopes, but your best learning will happen on flatter, groomed terrain.

Welcome to the club.
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