|Originally posted by anotherskidad:
These are the ramblings of 42 year old advanced intermediate who wants to be great skier so bad I can taste it, but due to the limitations of days to ski (20-25)and lack of progess in the last 2 years, I don't think it is going to happen. I have had group lessons, I have had private lessons, 1 hour lessons and 1/2 day lessons. I regularly have my advanced children take private lessons. I enjoy the lessons, I enjoy what I learn. My biggest problem with lessons is the inability to translate what the instructor is telling me to do versus what I feel I am doing. Though I know I am not doing it right, even when being told I can not visualize what they are telling me to do. i.e. Get out of the backseat and on your tips. My body tells me if I get more up front I will do somersaults, but obviously I am not. Its back to the bang for the buck. If I could find a instuctor that would take me through that level I would pay for full day privates for a week, but I have yet to find the instuctor who is able to communicate what he knows I need to do in a manner that will allow me to make my body do it. I think there are a whole bunch of people who think this. I know this is probably my fault, but it is the reality I must deal with.
The quickie tips:
1) Concentrate on feeling the pressure of your shins against your boot tongue; push your shins into the tongue of your boot with your knees.
2) Imagine that you are a boxer, keep your hands up ready to fend of that next punch to your face. Always keep your hands within your field of vision.
Additional explaination of the above:
By pressing your shins against your boot tongue your are driving your weight forward with your knees/lower body are pushing yourself down the slope. Leaning forward to get out of the backseat occurs from the waist down, the upper body stays erect. Start out with exaggerated pressure against the boot and then experiment with varying the degree of force exerted.
By keeping your hands where you can see them you are forced to keep them in front of your torso. It sounds very simple here but in practice is much more difficult. By keeping your hands forward of your body you are projecting your body mass down the hill and effecting force on your lower body as prescribed in tip #1. When you find one or both hands outside of your vision, forcefully pull them back into that field, this will bring your body back into a more proper position. Think about (visualize) boxers, tennis players, baseball infielders, etc.; when they are in a ready position (body in a slight crouch, hands in front between mid torso and shoulders) they are ready to react athletically to whatever happens. This same stance is the proper skiing stance.
It sounds as if you may need to back down to a less steep slope to work on your weighting issues. Often times people finnd it hard to project their bodies down a steeper slope due to the fear factor. This results in reaching back behind you to "verify" where the slope is with your hand/pole which pulls your weight to the back which results in less control and unintended acceleration which results in more fear and the cycle escalates.
The video camera is the most amazing tool ever invented for sports instruction, it is very easy to self diagnose your problems when you are seeing them from a 3rd party perspective. Once the problems are diagnosed, then the solutions are much easier.
Hope all that long-winded stuff helps.
As far as not understanding how to do what the instructors are telling you to do; you're not the only one with that problem. It is very widespread. I help people with their skiing for free, I get satisfaction from seeing the results; not in keeping them coming back every week for yet another $100 lesson. Not saying that this is the motivation for any of the instructors here, but we all know it happens.
Flame away instructor types, I'm wearing my asbestos undies!