I was working construction once in Colo. and we had to move something really big to the back of the house. Well, we didn't want to carry it all the way around through the snow and struggle with it. We rigged up some way to get it down the stairs through the front. Person I was working with said:
"Laziness is the mother of invention."
Hand cranking the engine to start a car was to much work so so we got...electric starters.
In skiing, old straight skis were too much work and effort. So now we have shapes. What was one of the biggest "criticisms" when they first came out? People called them "cheater skis" implying if you're lazy or don't really know what you're doing, you'll use those.
|As I get better at skiing, will I still feel like I'm going between losing my balance and getting it back with every turn?" Ric B
I suppose we could answer by saying when you learned to walk down stairs you eventually got used to the feeling of falling with each step. There you're constantly falling while balancing on one foot. Recovering from leg injuries where you have to learn again how to walk down stairs requires you to get used to that fear again. Because you've done it before you know it's possible and easy but it's still hard to get used to trusting that one foot/leg holding you up before touching down on the other.
|I watched my daughter ski [those tough conditions] easily, as if it were groomed. She told me she felt like she couldn't ski at all any more. I think all good skiers have had the experience of being complemented on their skiing, when they felt as if they were not skiing well at all.
I think this points out one of the most common misperceptions novice or intermediate skiers have of advanced ones. They think "expert" skiers make every turn perfectly if it looks good. In reality the skier may be out of balance for most of them or have some sort of problem they are constantly adjusting for or correcting. The person who's skiing may feel like only one in 5 turns are really good ones. If they're out of balance for one turn they try to correct for the next. The advanced skier gets used to making corrections on the fly whereas the novice often gets frustrated and says they can't ski because they're not making a "perfect turn". A well trained eye will be able to see the problems in an advanced skier but a novice won't.[ December 11, 2002, 09:39 AM: Message edited by: Tog ]