Originally Posted by HeluvaSkier
No... this is how it goes:
In the thickest Austrian accent you can imagine:"GRAAAB ZHE BOOOOOTZ!!!! You are zkiing too shlow! You zki like a gurly-maan! Zki fahzter! GRAAAB YOUR BOOOTZ GURLY-MAAN!!!! Zis is NO WAY to zki! Do you zhink zis is fun!? You zhink zhis is fun!!?!? ZHIS IS NOT FUN!! GURLY-MAAN! GRAAB ZHE BOOOTZ!!!"
Thats how I learn anyway.
No joke, Greg!
I took an instructor clinic with an Austrian instructor years ago. I'll never forget it.
We were all waiting in a group, he comes over to us, looks us all up and down, and went right around the group...
"You need GS skis. And you need GS skis. You... you zere... you need GS skis. And you need GS skis."
He was Mr. Personality.
"Okay." ::click:: ::click:: "Ve go."
He takes off and just disappears.
None of us can keep up. The first few of us are hauling to try and find him. We come around a bend, and he's at the bottom of a long stretch, propping himself up with one of his poles under his butt cheek, looking like he's been waiting there for an hour. As we get closer, he waves us toward him one at a time with those quick "come-un-zee-here" hand motions.
He ripped into us all morning long.
"Vy do you Americans keep stoppink? Zere is no stoppink in skiing. You ski!Down
. You ski down
Vat is zis stoppink? --- you stop to see zat's it's OK, or zat it's not OK?
NO! You ski DOWN!
Down ve go!"
More yelling at us throughout the morning... turns are too small, going too slow...
So one guy in our group says under his breath..."Gimme a break... I'm on rental skis here."
Heinrich (or whatever his name was) stops on a dime, turns with the snap-click posture of a Marine drill instructor, and pulls his goggles up:
"Ahhhhh! So... ve blame it on ze skis
Some of us are holding back laughter, just from the accent.
"So... you zere... za next time you coam heeyah, you bring your
skis and your
boots.... und ZEN vat vill be ze excuse, hah?"
I, too, vote to see Dr. Rick do the boot grabbing drill.