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Feel Like Ya Gotta Prove Something?

post #1 of 15
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It has occurred to me recently that I always felt  that I had to "prove something" when skiing because I've resided in notoriously non-skiing states since after high school.  I skied my arse off until I was 18, then only skied occasionally.  However I started skiing at bigger mountains out West and up East.  I felt the real need to go BIG and rip FAST because I was suddenly an Okie, Long Islander, then even a Texan  Now that my home mountain (Beech NC) is fairly stout at 5,300 ele and 1,000 vert I don't really have that urge to show off so much, and getting older is also a factor.

Anyone else out there feel they might have (or have had) a similar complex from growing up in ski country then settling down on notoriously non-ski country?
post #2 of 15
I can relate a bit... I skied a ton as a kid, did racing camps a couple of summers, etc. Then I booked 125 days as an instructor after college. Of course, "real" work, family, and kids naturally began to soak up my time until my ski days now typically number in the single digits (thankfully increasing as my kids are getting a smidge older). I find that I ski more full days and top-to-bottom runs now then when I was a kid. I try to milk every precious day for all it's worth. I'm not necessarily cranking up the speed or going insane in the bumps, but simply looking to get the most enjoyment out of every opportunity. -G
post #3 of 15
I find that the opposite situation applies to me. I've typically skied in a situation where I'm a 'local', and feel the pressure of having to rip so that I keep up my mountain's reputation. All the flatlanders (like crigildrt) watch the locals, and we can't look like stumblebums out there.
post #4 of 15
 Flatlander? Haha. Lehigh Valley isn't exactly the Alps. If you are Seven Springs local, yes we enjoy watching you tear up that 400ft vert of bumps on the front side. No kidding. I think an Olympian bumper came from there. I especially like the old guys (my age) that ski those bumps so well.

I never felt the need to go big and fast. Smooth and stylish was always more my goal.

Rather than giving me something to prove, I use being a flatlander from Maryland as an excuse for my poor condition. 
post #5 of 15
dart, this could be a great topic. I think it is more thought-provoking and inclusive if more general, as in not really about where you're from, but more what you feel you have to prove, and why. not to hi-jack away from what you are interested in learning.
post #6 of 15
I tend to ski with a more physical approach only focusing on the task at hand and enjoying ever part of the sport.  
post #7 of 15
I only really ski for myself, not for anyone else watching.  That said, I often feel like I have something to prove to myself...
post #8 of 15
Me,at 51 not at all,but I have a frikken blast w/ my boy who just has to keep ahead of me on anything that is'nt bumpy.(I still have the upper hand in the bumps).He's just gotta pass the old man. At 27 he's getting into his strong years( for someone who isn't a full time athlete) And he never forgets to talk a little smak.
I take it all as a compliment. lol

Have Fun !
post #9 of 15
Kind of. It's similar to other activities that I sink/invest a lot of time, effort and money into - I can't suck at it or I look really stupid!
post #10 of 15
The older I get, which seems to coincide with the more days I ski, the more self-centered I become. And that's a good thing.

It's fun to provide some stoke for your buddies riding the lift while you ski something cool, but I no longer feel so motivated to impress others as when I was a young man.

Which translates into skiing however I feel like skiing at the moment.
post #11 of 15
I just ski.

Oh, wait, wrong thread.
post #12 of 15
I think ya got to much goin on in yer head...better find another line of work before ya hurt yurself
post #13 of 15
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Originally Posted by Morrison Claystone View Post

I just ski.

Oh, wait, wrong thread.
 

no, it's the opposite of trying to prove something when you ski. trying to prove something while you are skiing is a form of multi-tasking (treewell) that is well beyond some skiers.
post #14 of 15
Feel Like Ya Gotta Prove Something?

Yes!  Everyday!  But only to myself.  

I really don't care what others think of me skiing.   I guess if I did, I'd go home crying, and never ski again.  It's nice when I'm told I look beautiful, but I don't have to be skiing for that!
post #15 of 15
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Originally Posted by Jacques View Post

Feel Like Ya Gotta Prove Something?

Yes!  Everyday!  But only to myself.  

I really don't care what others think of me skiing.   I guess if I did, I'd go home crying, and never ski again.  It's nice when I'm told I look beautiful, but I don't have to be skiing for that!

OK, now that's the standard cliche, to myself. But do you sometimes really prove something to yourself, do you walk out to the lot with a relaxed grin on your face and think : yeah, I killed it. 
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