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Letting go

post #1 of 8
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I like being in control, and the slopes in my neck of the woods usually have quite a bit of ice on them.I have had the benefit of skiing on nice sharp race-type skis for quite some time.  First with my SG skis, then later with my Fischer WC SC skis. 

I was late switching to shaped skis, and at first really liked the SL sidecut, but I still yearned for a large radius ski that might fill the gap between SG and SL, so some time ago I bought a pair of Volant Machete g skis.  I didn't ski them much because they didn't have the ice grip I had gotten used to.  I saved them for days with a lot of snow on the hill (few and far between).

Fast forward to the closing day at the local hill last year.  I suddenly realize I haven't skied the Volants!
I decide to take them out for a spin regardless of conditions.  Sure enough there is a patch or two of ice at the top of the run and mid-way down.  I said, "So what"and just allowed gravity to have its way with me on those patches, which required a little effort on timing so as not to run into anybody.  I really had a blast.  I was well aware that fast skiing was fun, but it had been so long that I had made some GS turns on a GS-radius ski, that I had almost forgotten how great it felt.  The skis worked fine everywhere except on the ice.

I gave up a little bit of control here and there, and  in return I had a blast.  I'm going to ski these Machetes more often, despite the fact that they don't hold on the ice.

I realized that I don't need to be in control every second of every run.  Anybody else give up some control and find themselves having a good time? 
Edited by Ghost - 9/15/09 at 5:10pm
post #2 of 8
Agreed. I always think of skiing as controlled abandonment. I go much better when I let go and abandon worrying about the need for too much control.
post #3 of 8
Nice Ghost. I for one don't push my limits enough. My goal last season was to ski "slower". I wanted to learn more about control and feel that i could always be in control. There are so many envelopes to push- speed, steep, ungroomers. The more turns you make at the edge of control the better you become and the better you become the more fun skiing is.
post #4 of 8
Woo. Live it up.
post #5 of 8
Yep...as we say in ski racing, "Know your limits...and exceed them frequently..."

post #6 of 8
Heh. Thats what skiing praxis is like on a groomer.
post #7 of 8
'Anybody else give up some control and find themselves having a good time? '

Just once.  May 18, 1990;  Got married. 
post #8 of 8
'Anybody else give up some control and find themselves having a good time? '

Just once.  May 18, 1990;  Got married. 
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