Originally Posted by LindaA
but I guess after that crash its now a mental issue. any tips?
Hey Linda! Take a page out of Dr. Liz's book (my wife, aka, Elizabeth "the Eagle")
(yeah the dog broke his foot the same day Liz had surgery, I had a GREAT day - sheesh!)
After crashing off the jump at the Soldier Mountain Downhill series and breaking her arm (badly), Liz got right back on the horse and conquered her fear. She had me lead her off the jump at speed and landed it (about 70 feet). Still with a unset broken wrist she completed the day's training session successfully running her first full downhill (and this is a REAL downhill). Her season was over but her last memory of this season won't be the crash, injury and failure but the success of controlling her fear and not her fear controlling her - as it did when she fell. She is raring to come back and determined to get comfortable in the air (this is one of those "I show her, I tell her and still she didn't do it!! - now she believes
Here's the big lesson Linda. In ski racing forward is always better then backing away. The worse the conditions the more forward you've got to be. You may still crash but you'll come out of it better and more likely with your bones and knees intact.
Second lesson. If you make the feature and issue it will be come the insurmountable issue. In Liz's case it was air. So the Jump become the big feature on the course when in reality the jump was inconsequential once you figured it out, there were much more critical sections of the course and gliding was way more important than flying.
So you've made "Big ruts" bigger and now they've become an obstacle rather than just terrain to be skied.
You are right, enter the rut high and ski it unless you can take a tighter line and get inside (which is rare). Aggression will always give you pay off if you mind your basic P & Q's (meaning reasonable tactics and line).
Make up your mind to control your fear and you soon find the ruts can be your friend and keep in the course. If you are in control of your fear (rather than your fear controlling you) you will relax exiting the ruts and absorb the terrain and your transitions will be assisted by the end of the ruts (pole planting will help keep you on the front of your boots).
De-emphasize the ruts and concentrate the task at hand, they are only as big as you make them (no matter how big, late or low they really are).
More about Liz's adventures at Soldier Mountain