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Do You Ever...Just Not Have It?

post #1 of 22
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Do you ever have days, when you get on the hill, and wonder: "What happened? I thought I was good at this?"

We just returned from the brief 4 day trip in Summit and Beaver Creek. On the first day, I felt like a skiing superhero. Every turn was magic. Bode - you can't touch this.

On the second day, my super-suit was revoked. I became a flailing wanna-be. Timing sucked, bumps were bumping and tips were crossing. As my ego crashed, my legs begged for a warm patio, and cool beer. Poser! :

The next 2 ski-days were fine. But, I can't figure how virtually all mind-body coordination can go "poof" on a given day. Scary!
post #2 of 22
I have been getting too many days like that lately. Friday was feeble and discouraging. Then Saturday was a powder day, no warm up run - jumped right into it and everything fell into place. It was a fantastic day. Strayed off the open trails and skied crotch deep snow. My best day at my home mountain this season.

I bitch and moan about my boots but that seems to be what it comes down to. When they work, I'm on.
post #3 of 22
Yep yesterday I felt like a beginner all over again. Wrong skis, challenging conditions, little sleep, full stomach, I was hot, wrong goggles.....then again I might just be making excuses and I just suck. At least I accepted my suckdom and did not push myself to the point of getting injured.....well at least not while skiing, because once I called it a day I slipped down the steel plated stairs in the lodge, and now my elbow is the size of a tennis ball and killing me, not a good day.
post #4 of 22
Sometimes your HOT and sometimes your NOT! When your palace is crumbling around you remember just smile and everything will work out;-)
post #5 of 22
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Originally Posted by Paul Jones View Post
I have been getting too many days like that lately. Friday was feeble and discouraging. Then Saturday was a powder day, no warm up run - jumped right into it and everything fell into place. It was a fantastic day. Strayed off the open trails and skied crotch deep snow. My best day at my home mountain this season.

I bitch and moan about my boots but that seems to be what it comes down to. When they work, I'm on.
Saturday was a powder day but you think it was better than Friday because of your boots?
post #6 of 22
I often feel like that on my first couple of runs if I've just switched to other skis.. On my first couple of turns on my fischer wc rc I couldn't turn left without going down on my side It felt like the skis hooked like hell - which they did but I guess I was just forgetting to counter-balance Never really felt as secure on those fischers as I did on my atomic gs12's. Wonder why.. Guess I just need more miles on them..
post #7 of 22
Yep, happens to me too. Like the basketball player who says that sometimes the net seems huge, and other times they can't make any shots at all.

I have found myself saying things (to myself) like "I hate skiing, I don't want to do this anymore, why can't I ski well by now, I've been skiing for 20 years fer chrissakes!" Other days it's the opposite.
post #8 of 22
Ah, the Weird Funk moment!
It happens.
post #9 of 22
OK Folks;

I have to fess up. I sent a PM to a few folks already. I was a tadd off yestarday myself. Conditions were horrid, bulletproof washboard lined with death cookies. Trying out some 'new?' gear. I kept ending up a bit back seat and catching inside edges, almost going down once in awhile every other run or so hoping nobody noticed LOL! It only seemed to happend when I really attacked hard. Was it the conditions? Was it the skis? It didn't seem to matter which ones I was using. I was trying 2 different bump skis, both mounted mid sole, same as other skis I already own and similar legnths. Anyway, I figured out the issue around 11:30. I was also using some poles I has never used. I took a look and saw they were 2 inches longer than what I had been using for the past 20 years OH! Once I realized what had been knocking me backseat I was able to adjust by planting a bit farther forward. On the next break and gear switch I got my old faithful poles from the truck and all the planets were back in alignment.:


It also helped that the sun came out and softened things up a bit!
post #10 of 22
This is starting to sound like a marriage counseling forum.

Really, take any response above and start it with ..... "My wife said that ..."
post #11 of 22
For me this is an age thing. There was never an off day on the younger side of 40. Now in my mid-50s there are more offs than ons, but I manage to have a good time anyway. In fact, now it's a bit like hacker golf. One good shot or one good run is enough to bring me back for another day.
post #12 of 22
First day at JH a few years ago. I had trouble with blue cruisers. It was right after that woman was killed there by the snowboarder, that jsut played in my head all day. The next day...all was fine! Go figure.
post #13 of 22
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Originally Posted by telerod15 View Post
Saturday was a powder day but you think it was better than Friday because of your boots?
You raise a good point.

My best days this season have been either in the bumps at Mad River Glen or in Power.

When I ski in those conditions, my stance, not how wide my feet are, somehow puts me in the best position to leverage and flex my boots. It gets me over the sweet spot and able to use the front of the ski when I want to.

When my frustration level is high, it's my boots that I complain about.
post #14 of 22
When you have an off day, do you ever think about the Sports Diamond.

Or maybe start your day over again.

Or focus on those aspects that are not off.

Sometimes that does help. Try not to feed into the negative.

Also, a good warm-up seems to help set the tone for a good day.
post #15 of 22
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Originally Posted by Yuki View Post
This is starting to sound like a marriage counseling forum.

Really, take any response above and start it with ..... "My wife said that ..."

Now THAT'S FUNNY!

My wife would have thought it was funny too. She's never seen me ski, except toting the kids down the bunny hill. She just hears me brag about it a lot. She would have loved to see me do the splits and nearly faceplant:
post #16 of 22
I had three great days of skiing long fat skis in powder and soft snow out west earlier in the season. The following week back home, I resumed my east coast routine on hardpack with short skinny skis, and I was flailing around hopeless for hours before I started skiing well. That was an off day for sure -- I felt like a total idiot on skis. To this day, my short hardpack skis seem too short at times, and I never had that impression before.
post #17 of 22
"Do you ever have days, when you get on the hill, and wonder: 'What happened? I thought I was good at this?'"


Yeah, this happens a lot in our "PNW Elephant Snot Snow" (PESS).

I've heard that the only thing you can really do about it is to move to Vail!
post #18 of 22
Yeah, it's called the first day of the season... I always talk a ton of trash to myself- I'm all like "Self, you suck- you look like a gaper with that crap parallel control- you better snap out of it!!" and it makes me push myself harder. Otherwise, if you ski a buncha days together, you're obviously way more likely to suck when you're stiff and sore from the days before. Being an old fogey does not help this, nor does an 18-pack of PBR to the head so don't beat yourself up too bad- just blame it on the party the night before and nobody will think anything of it...
post #19 of 22
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Originally Posted by guest1 View Post
"Do you ever have days, when you get on the hill, and wonder: 'What happened? I thought I was good at this?'"


Yeah, this happens a lot in our "PNW Elephant Snot Snow" (PESS).

I've heard that the only thing you can really do about it is to move to Vail!
Priceless! PESS - That's acronym of the year.

Yeah, I never did get to do the BC with you - something I regret.

Still, I'll be back at Whistler this spring for Elephant Snot in the Sun - the best kind!
post #20 of 22
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Originally Posted by Captain_Strato View Post
Do you ever have days, when you get on the hill, and wonder: "What happened? I thought I was good at this?"
I know exactly what you are talking about.... Not for skiing, but wakeboarding. Those days remind me that I'm really not as good at wakeboarding as I sometimes think.

Skiing, on the other hand, is second nature. Coming from a strong racing background, solid technique has been ingrained over the course of 30 years. Obviously some days are better than others, but I'm never really truly "off".

That's what I'm shooting for in wakeboarding... that level of comfort. I've got at long way to go!
post #21 of 22
Blackcomb, BC - 1/15/08 - Nuff Said !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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quote=U.P. Racer;871628]I know exactly what you are talking about.... Not for skiing, but wakeboarding. Those days remind me that I'm really not as good at wakeboarding as I sometimes think.
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Nuff Said 2 !!!!
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