Comprex - Well said. Do something that will produce the desired result now. This spring. Then another this summer. Then another in the fall. Then look to what can be accomplished next winter on skis.
Last summer, I bought a rather ordinary bicycle. I rode it down some steep hills and leaned it through the turns much the way I *thought* i was supposed to do when I ski. Whether that relationship was right or wrong, I leaned harder & harder as the summer went on and my confidence in what the (very ordinary) bike could do steadily increased.
So when Weems was telling me to "trust that the skis will do what the engineers designed it to do", it was no leap of faith on my part.
Bob - great post, thank you . . . you are a gifted writer and teacher.