1 MILE AN HOUR ON FLAT TERRAIN?????
Hmmm. I just may end up with quite a few ski partners if people heed that advice! :}
|It's also *very* possible to use those miles to develop movements that could end up holding you back. The old "practicing bad habits" problem.
ABSOFREAKIN'LUTELY!!! This is the problem I see with people who ONLY ski challenging terrain. They begin to believe that their defensive habits are an actual skiing technique.
IMHO, Weems has the teaching technique down for this type of stuff. Teach a few skills on an easy slope, that he intends to have us use on more challenging one. Then, ski the more challenging conditions with the AWARENESS of, as opposed to the VALUE JUDGEMENT about the fact that you may not be skiing in optimal form. Then, go back to the easier stuff, and work on the technique some more.
But on the other hand
|When we did video analysis at Steeps Camp, we noticed than when snow conditions get to thick, wet crud, I picked up my left leg when it's the inside ski. (That's the leg I had surgery on.) So my coach took us over to the groomer to try a drill of skiing on one leg and then only on the inside leg. He was surprised to find that I have no problem with this. So we concluded that since it's not really technique, it's not a weak leg, it's a mental thing - the season I skied without an ACL, my knee would collapse if I skied in thick crud - so my habit became to pick it up. I thought I had broken the habit, but when conditions get ugly - it comes back. Work on the groomers does nothing to help, since I never show this habit there. I just have to replicate the situation where I have the problem and focus on doing it right.
Sometimes an injury that has been completely healed, still has some "trust issues" associated with it. Until you actually believe the leg is okay, you can talk yourself into believing that it is not functional.
This also gets into 2 issues of the physiology of conditioning. Balance and skill need to be constantly challenged, in order to make improvments. So if the skills are only practiced on easy terrain, they are not being enhanced. You also get into the concept of training specificty. While doing a skill on groomed terrain is certainly necessary, and sets the ground work, there are other biomechanical actions that come into play on the ungroomed.
This weekend at Sugarbush I spent a bit of time skiing with Mrs. Oboe. She actually has the potential to be quite an excellent skier, but she has some condifidence issues. We spent some time on this amazingly flat green slope, that also probably has the absolute slowest lift in NE for the short distance it takes you.
I was trying to think of ways to tweak up the skill set to build her confidence. But the trail was so short and flat, that even if you pointed the skis straight down without turning, you would feel like you were well within your safety zone. Add that to the fact that once you finished this tiny trail, it would take forever to get back up again.
As I suspected, when we went over to the blue terrain, it did not seem as though the confidence had carried over. Oboe can correct me if I'm wrong.