For me the drive to the slopes is relaxing, the skiing, not so much. The reasons I ski are for the exhilaration, the challenge, the physical exertion and the camaraderie.
I've been happy as a clam skiing for many years with no thought about perfection or improving. Of course I've improved a fair amount over the years without thinking about it... I guess that's been my preferred method. It's only since joining this site that I've become 'hungry to improve'.... willing to try to learn to make my skiing fit someone else's ideas of what's 'right'.
Regarding the relaxing angle: SMJ, I think your comments are very insightful. The way I interpret it you're talking about a different sort of relaxing than Strato is, but I can relate. I think the two areas where I find it difficult to ski relaxed are deep powder and steep steeps. I don't have much experience in either but with experience comes (to a certain extent) technique and as you pointed out, with technique comes the ability to relax.
I've been giving the concept of learning technique a lot of thought recently. One angle I like is that with 'proper' technique comes efficiency. I know that I can make gains in efficient skiing but ya know, that's not all that important to me at the moment. I'm young
and strong and I don't have much problem skiing Mary Jane bumps from bell to bell (although I do often make my days shorter than that). When I think what skiing will be like when I'm 70 or 80 though, the idea of being efficient becomes quite attractive.
So, am I driven by the desire for perfection? No. Do I focus on improvement on each run? Not on the flats or in the trees, but I do in the bumps. Do I get endless enjoyment from savoring the snow, the sun and the ambiance? Most definitely, and I don't think improving my technique will enhance that at all.
Originally Posted by SkiMangoJazz
NOW THAT IS AN ROFL!!! how you come up with these pictures is something else bf!
No need for that to be a secret, I just do an image search. Most often on Google (a local employer).