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post #31 of 38
RE:  That camp exists!
Here in the West we call it, "The East"  

lol...hey i'm from back east originally (toronto)...but i hear you...

yet at the end of a day out here on some of the slopes in vancouver bc (cypress, grouse or seymour) after tons of skiers have done their turns, the runs imo can get pretty icy too.
post #32 of 38
Originally Posted by Lars View Post

Good article Rick. You know what I fear the most?

Some day I will get too old and feeble to step into my bindings.

My biggest fear is forgetting how to step into the bindings!
post #33 of 38
this was a wonderful read.  something GREAT for a beginner like myself!!
post #34 of 38
 well i'm up here at whistler in the green/blue group....doing mostly blue runs...man are they challenging when you're so used to easier groomed greens....we've had a big dumping of fresh snow the last few days so skiing in powder (while it's highly sought after of course) IS difficult to first deal with....then when it's skied there is another factor to deal with: mounds of snow or bumps...so lots of tossing and being thrown off my balance as i try my best to find 'the sweet spot' and  take my time into the turns and keeping cool when hitting the bumps/mounds....but like anything new, it's challenging and so good to know in my group i'm not the only one struggling.
post #35 of 38
Originally Posted by Acrophobia View Post

The problem with fear is that it can erase all learned skills. 

While I agree with Rick's concept of expanding the comfort zone, I think the above quote is the key to (my) fear; particularly for an acrophobia person like me.

I am still at a stage where when I have a guide in front, someone I trust in the sense that he/she will not lead me down somewhere that would kill me, I can comfortably apply what I know and go. But am totally lost when I don't have this safety blanket.

This seems to be one of the skills that none of my instructors taught - how to visualize a path down the hill? I have been taught "count 1-2-3 then turn", "up-and-down", ... but one needs to know where one is going before any of these timing tricks come into play? :(
post #36 of 38

Move into visualization one turn at at time.  We're going to eat the elephant here so stand by.*

First look across the hill and pick a point to ski to.  Ski to it and stop.  Turn and face the other side of the hill.  Pick a new line and ski it again.  Stop. -  Lather, rinse, repeat until you are comfortable with this.

Now, two traverses with a single turn between.  Look at the hill, pick a line across and plan where you want to turn.  Then look beyond the turn for the next traverse.  Get it in your mind, ski it and stop. -  Again, lather, rinse, repeat until you are comfortable with this slightly larger step.

Next step, three traverses with two turns.  See the idea.  Start your visualization small and increase your scope one turn at a time.

(* How do you eat and elephant.  Answer: One bite at a time.)
post #37 of 38
Thanks for the simple pointer T-Square. Will make it one of my 1st exercises for the season :)
Somehow I got into the thinking that, like driving, look far / well ahead so one can develop the plan of attack. But this sounds like a good approach; as it also takes some of the fear (about still having thousands of feet to drop down to) away by looking a little closer.
post #38 of 38
My fears are related to both ice and speed control. On ice I feel I can't turn that effectively to control my speed - and on steeper hills I feel I get going to fast and out of control. I like longer wider easier trails for this reason. I don't feel these fears are irrational. Fear is useful because its often telling you that your not good enough to ski such terrain yet..
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