|Originally posted by ant:
Lucky the thing about falling to improve is a complete furphy! Or only those under 30 would be taking up skiing. Fall if you want to, but it's not essential, it's not your ticket to instant improvement. Skiing at the edge of control/disaster is probably exciting for the young. I remember getting quite a buzz out of it in my 20s. But it was in my 30s that I started to really improve my skiing, and falling was not a frequent occurance, by my choice.
Ant - I would agree that the notion of pushing the boundaries for kicks or a "rush" is a recipe for disaster and one of the sources of bad on-mountain etiquette. But I think that there is a distinction to be made in terms of trying things outside your comfort zone either in terms of technique or terrain where even when in control, a mistake will lead to a fall. As others have posted here, it is my belief that falling is neither bad nor good - neither something to be sought nor avoided! While I am certainly no longer a spry youth, and would agree that as I mature (I'm not gettin' old, I'm developing more complex character!
) I'm with you in no longer pushing boundaries just for an adrenaline rush. However, I do hope that I don't fear falling so much that I won't try something new.