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post #31 of 62
Most of the time... "Don't you dare f' up at this speed..."
post #32 of 62
To me, the beauty of skiing is that it has absolutely nothing to do with words. It is something that can be felt. It is here and now. It is alive. Words?? (said like Jim Mora, sr. "playoffs" quote) Words??? mpfff. When skiing, my mind is quiet. Honestly.
post #33 of 62
the timing equipment must be messed up, i know i was faster than that.
post #34 of 62

Or the ever popular...

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Originally Posted by The Cookie Monster View Post
the timing equipment must be messed up, i know i was faster than that.
...there's no way I straddled that flush...
post #35 of 62
When confronted with a challenge
(hopefully several times per ski day)
I say to myself:

Life's an adventure,
but only if you show up.

[And then I just do it....]
post #36 of 62
Just remembered something I tell others.
"Gravity is your friend."
post #37 of 62
What most of us long time members of this forum think:

"Damn, I'm better than 97% of the skiers on this hill."
post #38 of 62
Own every inch of the turn.
In other words,keep those Hips in the game.
post #39 of 62
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Originally Posted by Rio View Post
What most of us long time members of this forum think:

"Damn, I'm better than 97% of the skiers on this hill."
LOL...its funny because its true
post #40 of 62
What-Me worry??
post #41 of 62
I try not to think.
post #42 of 62
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Originally Posted by Richie-Rich View Post
LOL...its funny because its true
Is that what you think... because I was wondering - what is Richie Rich thinking.



I know there is no way that I am in the 97th percentile...



I suppose you're right - most probably think they are though.
post #43 of 62
As for what I tell myself...

I just silently laugh to myself as I ski. :

:
post #44 of 62
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Originally Posted by Ghost View Post
Just remembered something I tell others.
"Gravity is your friend."
Ghost, did you ever instruct at Whistler-Blackcomb? I clearly remember my instructor saying those exact words. :
post #45 of 62
Last couple of times it's something like:
"ok, here goes, make a turn, make another turn, oh crap it's choppy, try slowing down, don't fall don't fall don't fall
*biff*
*crash*
*splat*
what the hell am I doing anyway, God I suck : OK, try to get up, why can't I pull myself forward and up?! : This is embarrassing!!! Finally back up one way or another, try again, maybe it's back to the green slopes:"

Clearly that needs as much work as my actual skiing...
post #46 of 62
Here is a classic:

"Go that way really fast, if something gets in your way, Turn!"
post #47 of 62
"Something tells me it's all happening at the zoo. I do believe it, I do believe it's true..."
post #48 of 62
You wanna fight me? You can't beat me! King Kong ain't got SH*T on me!
Sometimes The MOUNTAIN ain't got....

from "Training day", that will wake the fighter in me.
post #49 of 62
Sometimes I tell myself "Hold it together, if you crash at this speed you will die". That usually keeps me focused.
post #50 of 62
3 words ...

Throttle. Throttle. Throttle.
post #51 of 62
good post,

I think "stay forward", "keep shoulders pointed down the fall line", "upper-body calm and stable", "Punch the fists out a bit for pole plants".

there's so much u can think about, sometimes i say screw it and "don't think, just ski"
post #52 of 62
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Originally Posted by crank View Post

I tend to drop my left hand back, my arm follows and so does my shoulder:
I also have this problem and will drag the pole behind for balance sometimes. it's a crutch.. hands always out in front is the solution?
post #53 of 62
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Mashed Potatoes View Post
I also have this problem and will drag the pole behind for balance sometimes. it's a crutch.. hands always out in front is the solution?
Yeah, hands in front can be a solution for a lot of things. I never even knew I was doing it( dropping my shoulder back) until a buddy pointed it out one day, about 12 years ago. Ever since then I've been very aware of it and almost have the problem licked. Bad habits die hard.
post #54 of 62
Normally, I'm very laid back and at ease with any textbook aberrations. When I'm racing at mach n and an outside edge folds under me with no possibility for parole, I afford myself a quiet '****!'.
post #55 of 62
When I find myself in a place where my leg is twitching uncontrollably from fear , I tell myself "You are going to die." Then I point them downhill and hope for the best. I'm not dead yet.
post #56 of 62
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Originally Posted by roastpuff View Post
Ghost, did you ever instruct at Whistler-Blackcomb? I clearly remember my instructor saying those exact words. :
Nope. I've never been a ski instructor. I guess other people sometimes say smart thing too:
post #57 of 62
My skiing reminder:
"Chin up"

I want to bend at the waist and my upper body tends to follow my head. It's no big deal in the east but it creates huge problems for me on true steeps in the west.
post #58 of 62
When I start to mess up --

"C'mon, ski!!"
post #59 of 62
When I'm skiing , I'm too busy skiing to talk to myself or think for that matter. I save that for the ride home.
post #60 of 62
Keep your upper body and head facing downhill, and drive your hands forward.
Hey, it works for me.

Mike
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