[quote]Originally posted by Vailrider:
|She actually appears to be in great shape. It's a fear thing. And even more, it's a unwillingness to give away control. She is afraid she will not have control of the situation. They leave tomorrow, but I am sure I will be seeing more of them.
You are way
ahead of me as an instructor, so please understand that this is simply a suggestion from someone who was in a similar situation. In my case, though, it was teaching the beautiful blond who said, "Yes" to me 20 years ago (20th anniversary coming up this July!). She had the same issues (control and fear). Here is what I did at Bellayre Mountain in upstate NY: I kept my skis off. I worked with her to sidestep a short distance on a slope with an upslope at the bottom. Then, I had her run slowly down with me literally right in front of her running backwards. I later did this same thing as we came down from the top of the chair (all easy greens). I kept my skis off, stayed in front of her with my arms out to stop her, and let her get the feel of knowing that she'd be OK.
After that first "run" off the chair (that probably took a couple of hours--at least it seemed like it!), she knew she could stop and turn without me being there. But, having me there while she was learning let her know that nothing was going to happen if she lost control, couldn't stop, or whatever.
BTW, I had more at stake: I realized that if she didn't like skiing, I would need to stop. It was too big a part of my life to have me doing it if she didn't want to. Fotunately, she enjoyed it for a number of years (even if she did get hit by slope morons more than her fair share) before surgery and pregnancies kept her sidelined. Maybe this year or next...!