Originally Posted by Bazza
thanks everyone - I'm a bit of a 3-D learner, in that I like to turn things around and get different angles. All the feedback here is really helpful and much appreciated.
I think 'skis always on snow' is an ideal. If we aim for it, we reach a level where we experience a lot of up-unweighting, which makes steering the skis easy, and some air, which makes changing the direction of the skis very very easy; but I don't know if any of us on this list can truly hope to achieve it. We get better the closer we get to the ideal.
Off topic: I remember the first time I came upon a badly injured skier on an empty trail, skiing at night (at Mountain Crap, NJ).
I wanted to get to the bottom to call the patrol 'immediately'. So I raced down, and the ideal of being down immediately, and forgetting any self-consciousness, got me down faster than I'd ever gone before.
I flew over the icy spots where I had feared falling; raced through the section under the chair where I was previously worried about looking bad, and got down fast.
A few years ago I realized that I'd had some serious injuries skiing, but only when I fell. I was never injured without falling, so I established 'never falling' as an ideal for myself, and kept to that for several seasons. Pursuing that ideal kept me upright.
Of course, this season I loosened up, bought twin tips, started jibbing, skied 32 days, and was hit by snowboarders twice. I did fall. Really fell. Seriously majorly fell, a few times.