I read Mermer's book. It has some nice stuff in it, but I still have a fair amount of fear.
I don't think certain people EVER get rid of it, and Little Tiger may be one of those. It's what your body does for self-preservation. Here's a little story to illustrate.
Now, I love to drive fast. I'm extremely
comfortable on the interstate at 90 mph for extended lengths of time, and will do it as much as I can unless my husband is gripping the Oh Shyte handle a little too tightly.
I've driven a stock car, I've raced in the streets for money, I'll drive anything with 2, 4, or 18 wheels (I did that, too, for a while, Cross Country).
I got to drive the Garden State Parkway over Thanksgiving weekend......at night. I got off about 8 pm and needed a shower to get rid of the sweat.
We started in Cape May, NJ with 2 lanes, then it went to 4 lanes, then 7. By the time we hit 7 lanes, I'd been on it a while, and I was getting frayed. In lane 5 of 7, doing a steady 80 mph, I was being passed
by Grandma's in clunkers and Yuppies in SUV's with the kids in the back watching movies on the drop down DVD players. Bumper to bumper with no room for error and if you get a flat.........Brother, you'd better be religious or lucky, cuz you're not getting out alive. Lane change? HA!
There was fear.......oh yeah. If one car got out of control anywhere around me, it was all over. I wasn't scared about myself: I had the skill and a car (equipment) I knew would not let me down. It's the Other People.......the UNKNOWN....that scared the bejesus out of me.
Did I just get out and do it? Yeah, sure. Was it fun? Hell, no. If I did it every day would I still have fear? Maybe, maybe not.
Skiing is like that. You can know yourself, know your equipment, but the UNKNOWN (terrain, conditions) constantly changes, and for some, that's always going to leave some room for fear.