I had mixed emotions and 2 immediate responses going through my head when I read your post. First one was, you are horrible for the sport to the enthusiast, and the second one was that you are great for the sport to the recreational skier. I'll explain. First, I agree with wanting to put smiles on the faces of many skiers. What could be better than you going home feeling like you made someone happy and that person (especially a tourist, if you are in Utah) sitting in the hot tub enjoying a cold brew with the wife and talking about how much fun he/she had that day. But I hope you don't do that at the expense of true enthusiasts who want to learn some fundamentals that won't put a smile on there face. Let's say I took a private lesson from you and had it all wrong. Wrong to the point where I had been skiing wrong very well for 12 years and "thought" I was a pretty hot skier like that guy who never took a lesson and wrote a book watching from the lift chair. I would hope that you wouldn't just try to tweak my hot style, and not tell me my book was garbage, buy instead start over with me, at least back to a point to where we can really build from. I don't really know your style of teaching, I'm just taking some harmless pokes from your post
. This was all sparked by the comment you made about disregarding what the student tells you about his goals. I sure hope that if I came to you in a privte lesson with something that I am struggling with, and that something would require some exercises or some advice that wasn't "fun" or put a smile on my face, that you would tell me how it was, instead of trying to teach me how to smile. Let me speak on behalf of all the enthusiasts here, and by all means not for all the recreation skiers. There is something challenging, motivating, and extremely rewarding about the sport of skiing. It's really what draws many of us back so fiercely each year. More fiercely than the year past. I've seen some of your posts (and Dr. Go's) when enthusiasts like me get in a serious type of tone about skiing. You say relax, have fun, put a smile on your face. Fact is, for most serious skiers on a plateau, this put a smile on your face stuff doesn't work. Go tell a serious enthusiast golfer (who has realized he has a major swing flaw) to go out and shoot nine, smile and enjoy himself. Have you ever been to a driving range? People go there to practice ... so they can have fun on the golf course! Unfortunately for both parties (the weekend funners having to deal with the practicers, and the practicers having to deal with the many weekend funners), the driving range is the golf course, i.e. both parties have to ski on the same slope at the same time. When you see me out there struggling and not smiling, don't thing for a minute that I'm not enjoying myself. I am. I have a srong work ethic and feel great satisfaction from achieving something very challenging. (I also love to rip turns and put a smile on my face too
. But sometimes to be very good at something, it takes a little more than a smile. It takes the reality of what needs to be done to achieve the goal. A little work ethic, drive, determination and of course, if you don't enjoy doing all that, or at least enjoy the end result enough to sacrifice the energy to do all that, then I'm with you.. just go out and have fun!! Next time you see me "not smiling and having fun", I'm just hitting some balls at the range so I can shoot par the next time out!
<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ December 20, 2001 11:27 PM: Message edited 1 time, by Vman ]</font>