Originally Posted by anniegirl
Thank you everyone! You are an amazing source of encouragement!
I managed to be successful in the right turn today, my 2nd day. It's amazing, just giving myself a break made doing it so much easier.
An instructor did come to check my boots. I had asked for a wider calf boot when I went to rentals. It turns out I was given a child's boot (I have a very small foot size 5.5). I think it must have been too wide and too short...
Great that you're so stoked about skiing!
and really, every phase of becoming one has its surprises and joys. Being anxious to improve is always there, at every level; but especially as a beginner and novice. Enjoy that thrill of doing something new.
Skiing being a touchy-feely thing, being especially aware of how your body works (or doesn't) goes a long way to helping you figure out things.
And 'visualization' (where, in your mind's eye, you 'see' and 'feel' yourself doing what your instructor is asking you to do) is a very good way to prepare yourself for accomplishing what you wish to do in your skiing.
Try, some time before getting on the hill, to run a mental video of you doing what you're being asked to do by the instructor. I like to do 'visualization' in the morning, during some quiet time, before making any efforts to 'hitting the hill'. It goes a long way towards allowing me to start the day skiing and focusing on key things which help me get into good technique from the 1st run on, for the whole day.
Incredibly, your imagining of doing your ski instructional lessons properly/well translates directly to and helps your actual skiing experience.
There are many references and books about 'visualization' and I do believe there's a thread on Epic about it also.
Don't forget to breathe.
It common for one to 'hold' our breath when ingrossed in a particularly diffcult or knarly thang.
I'm stoked to keep reading how your progress goes, both in ski technique and more importantly your appreciation of the experience.
Try not to get discouraged (we all do at times), just consider what you don't quite accomplish today will be another challenge for tomorrow.
Don't forget to stop, breathe and look around. The winter landscape is a wonderful place.
Boots, really, really, really important thing.
If you have to rent, then take time in selection to get the 'best' (comfortable but very snug all around) fit possible.
Before buying anything, get good boots (course other things are really important also, like for me, gloves...), try on as many as possible. And when you think you've found the 'Best' boot, keep trying on more boots (in as many shops as possible). If something is 'claimed/explained and it doesn;t make sense to you, ask for a better explanation. Use the 'Boot Guys' forum resource here at EPIC, they're good.
The more your try, the more you learn, the better your 1st pair will be, for you.Edited by moreoutdoor - 1/12/10 at 1:54pm