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THE PATH IS SKIING WITH BETTER AND BETTER SKIERS

post #1 of 14
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You try to hang with better skiers than yourself at some point to up your skiing.

 

If you were just bad (unskilled), you might not fit in. But if you were bad but super motivated they'd figure you had potential, and let you hang, even bring you along a bit.

 

I saw a skier on a headwall once, from the chair right above him, and he was so down the fall-line that I could understand just by watching him.what I had to work on.

As a kid in Alaska, I was very small and followed the patrol all around. I became a sort of mascot. They tweaked my rope tow hook for me with a torch. I was more proud of my cool patrol rope tow hook than anything.  

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edit: you know there is room here for all sorts; don't like, don't read. simple. rude is rude, typed or mumbled under your breath


               


Edited by davluri - 11/22/09 at 7:48am
post #2 of 14
that story DID NOT touch me. i don't get it. you ignorant skiers
post #3 of 14
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that story DID NOT touch me. i don't get it. you ignorant skiers

Here I thought this guy was a troll turns out its just a snowboarder false alarm.
post #4 of 14
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that story DID NOT touch me. i don't get it. you ignorant skiers

The gist of davluri's posts is that he is an awesome skier, daring and fast. If you got that much, you pretty much get it. Welcome to Epic!
post #5 of 14
I ski alone.  I guess that's why I'll never be a good skier.

On the other hand, maybe it's the attitude.  "I saw a skier on a headwall once, from the chair right above him, and he was so down the fall-line with his body and his attitude and his eyes that I could truly understand just by watching him.what I had to do"  If you ski with that attitude long enough, and survive, you might get better.
post #6 of 14
Thread Starter 
and I was talking about skiers who were way better, and how we all learn from them; and asking: so who did you learn from (probably not just instructors.) you have a point though. 
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The gist of davluri's posts is that he is an awesome skier, daring and fast. If you got that much, you pretty much get it. Welcome to Epic!
post #7 of 14
you have to have the drive to do it yourself.  It comes from inside, not from following.
 
Davluri is annoying and so are his posts.
post #8 of 14
Those that have IT, don't seem to follow for very long. 

Any one who can turn both ways got there by following and watching others.  They may not be skiing with you but you were learning from them. 

Mine was a crusty old German on a 200' speed bump outside of Anchorage skied over 100 days that winter, 8th grade on an early shift school.  Crashed so many times copying his short swing and wedln, lots of bruises.  He started to slow down a bit and by March I could cross his tracks.  He knew I was there from the first day, but  had to earn my way into his world, cause I sure couldn't pay him.  Even let me clinic with his guys getting ready for exams.  Thank you, Hans.

Would think that pretty much all of you have slowed down and changed your line for that shadow behind you.   If not you are really missing a major point.
post #9 of 14
I will admit to watching WC and Olympic DH races on the television.
I slow down quite a bit when skiing with my children and friends.
Shadow behind?  What's a behind a does a no matter.
post #10 of 14
Up until I joined epic the vast majority of my skiing was solo.  I learned partly by reading and viewing vids but mostly just by going out and sliding down runs that were quite difficult for me, trying to feel the difference between doing stuff that felt right and stuff that didn't.

The last few years though I've been making a concerted effort to meet up with Bears and peeps from mogulskiing.net.  Many (most?) of those peeps are better skiers than me.  I've even taken a few lessons and continued to read and watch vids.  I'd have to say that my improvement has accelerated markedly.  Following, be it with or without instruction has been very beneficial for me.

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Davluri is annoying and so are his posts.

Personally I don't get this at all.  Davluri is among my fave posters here.  I think he has an interesting point of view and he expresses himself very well.
post #11 of 14
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Personally I don't get this at all.  Davluri is among my fave posters here.  I think he has an interesting point of view and he expresses himself very well.
 

... and he'd probably leave most of you in the dust on the ski hill.

more importantly the guy loves to ski and is out there every day having more fun than just about anyone i know.
post #12 of 14
I was a bored groomer skier after I left racing at 20. Then I started skiing with my brother. Following him, literally, was an education. The only thing he ever specifically told me was to stand a little more upright, as I was breaking too much at the waist. The rest was just matching turns, learning how to read lines, and going places I'd never been before like trees, chutes, gulleys, etc.

Skiing totally changed for me after I started skiing with my brother. I was always a strong, fast skier, but now I was tackling everything on the mountain, both on piste and off.
post #13 of 14
Thread Starter 
when your kid is following you and enjoying it is a great stage. It doesn't last, but nice
Edited by davluri - 11/22/09 at 5:19pm
post #14 of 14
 When your kid starts leading it's pretty sweet too.  We were pretty well matched last year and I think we will be again this year too.

As to the original point of the thread, I think skiing with better skiers is an excellent way to improve.  But I think it works best if they are not too much better than you.
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