Originally Posted by bud heishman
I can give multiple examples, but here is just one. I had a one hour private years ago with a world famous prima ballerina who had never skied but wanted to learn. Long story short, in one hour she was making parallel turns with a pole plant on beginner terrain!!!! I did not teach her anything, I merely said watch me try this and we went through the whole milestone progression in one hour. Her body knew intuitively how to balance and her total body awareness and coordination was amazing. If we would have stood around analyzing the skiing mechanics where would we be?
Well, I ain't no prima ballerina, but that's pretty much how I learned. Never skied until college. Friends took me to the top of the hill and let me go. By the middle of the second run I was making reasonable parallel turns, and by the end of the day I was skiing with the rest of the (probalby not very experienced) group. Long long time ago.
Call it intuition if you want. For me it's more visualization. I knew for a week I was going skiing, and I visualized the movements and internalized them. This is how I learn most activities I do -- watch, visualize internally, then do. Usually works, as long as you have a good example to visualize.
Edit to add that when something doesn'tn feel right, I visualize that too, so I can see in my head what I"m doing wrong. I don't th ink everyone learns this way, but it's alway been the way I learn.