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I have an article along this line submitted to the Professional Skier. If it doesn't get accepted perhaps I can post it here. The article deals with some manifestations of fear in skiing. I think these are often forgotten about yet are a major factor in people not being able to follow advice and guidance from instructors and friends or achieve what they would like in their skiing.

I don't think it is really possible to "overcome" perceptions of fear. I think the solution in almost every case is to find an alternative approach or focus that "bypass" these perceptions. Strategy, as has been mentioned, is one very good focus. Motivation (i.e. trying to follow a good skier) is another. One that hasn't been mentioned is goal setting. Let me give you an example:

A couple years ago I was skiing with a soon to be replaced hip at Big Mountain. My kids and I discovered a fun little chute there (NBC) and kept on returning. I couldn't really connect turns on it very well and just accepted the fact that the limitations of my hip prevented me from skiing this in the way I would like. At the end of the day I was there with my son and a beautiful setting for a picture with him just having slid into the top of the chute. I told him to wait a second and without thinking entered below him (a more difficult entry) and connected three or four great turns down the chute to where I planned to take the picture. All of a sudden I realized that I had just accomplished what I thought my hip was preventing me from doing!

I have occasionally seen guides and coaches use this type of approach, especially on steep terrain. I think it is one that is underused but well worth considering. In fact, asking someone to go somewhere to set up and take a picture of someone else is one great ploy you can use along this line.