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best thing you ever learned? (so far)

post #1 of 51
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You ever get a ski tip that just sticks in your mind forever and opens up the doors to a whole new world of understanding? The info on here is amazing, but it seems we all have this need to explain and account for every single detail. Got any "mystical" ski tips to share? A few very powerful words?

"Let go of the mountain"

"Watch where you're going... I mean, REALLY watch where you're going"

"Imagination times vividness equals reality in the subconscious"

Wanna try some hippy mumbo-jumbo?
post #2 of 51
This must have been before your time but FYI

Been there done that.
post #3 of 51
"Point 'em & go"

"It's like, how much more black could this be? and the answer is none. None more black."
-- Nigel Tufnel
post #4 of 51
Someone once told me skiing wasn't really that hard, I believed them and the rest is history....
post #5 of 51
"Eyes downhill..."
post #6 of 51
"Take up bowling"
post #7 of 51
Sing a song while you ski.

post #8 of 51
how to stop.
post #9 of 51
Get a larger line of credit.
post #10 of 51
No traversing.
post #11 of 51
Best tip: point them down .

Best lesson:
When I came to a ski school at the age of ten, our first week on snow all we were taught was how to fall down so that you can get up and continue skiing. Only those who passed "can-you-fall" test (basically those who did not drop out during that week) graduated to "now-lets-learn-how-to-turn" classes. As a result: in my 20 years of skiing and racing, I did not have any major injuries to brag about.

post #12 of 51

Better find a piece of wood to knock on. I never had any "how to fall" lessons, but it took me 30 years, and I finally blew out my ACL. How do you spend a week learning to fall without learning to ski? Is that the GLMF method? (take the skier to the top, give 'em a push and yell "Good Luck M..F..!")?
post #13 of 51
JohnH, I did knock on wood. However I came to accept the thought that when it comes to blown ACL it is not the question "If" but "When".

As far as the how to fall lesson goes. You got it right. The basic concept we were taught was: "when you feel you can not control your skis any longer, you let it go". So, they would line us up on top, let ski down straight till we felt its time to crash and then give some tips. 8 - 10 year olds, bindings on the lowest DIN, how bad could that be.


BTW, in GLMF MF stands for My Friend, right? <FONT size="1">

[This message has been edited by VK (edited March 29, 2001).]</FONT>
post #14 of 51
That skiing is 80 percent mental and 20 percent in your head.
post #15 of 51
Ott: >>Sing a song while you ski

Come to think of it - this one is deepest of all, IMO!

Thanks, Ott!
(I cannot imagine this forum without your wisdom!)<FONT size="1">

[This message has been edited by AlexS (edited March 29, 2001).]</FONT>
post #16 of 51
At the end of one turn and going into another: "Lead with the downhill knee". This got me past the "oh shit" stage in making early weight transfer.
post #17 of 51
Get forward, use a leading ski into a turn, hands forward, start the turn earlier than you think. What works best for me, though is to follow a better skier down the hill whenever possible, regardless of terrain.
post #18 of 51
Colin Downunder!!! Hey, man, How's it going? I haven't seen you around since skinet a year or two ago. Did you just show up, or have you been lurking around here for a while?
post #19 of 51
Ok, I know it's pretty basic, but it just never occured to me until an instructor pointed it out to me a few weeks ago...
When you are skiing in the bumps, look ahead to the next turn, not at your current turn. Whammo, epiphany! Looking ahead, what a concept! Been skiing the bumps so much more gracefully since then.

Go Figure!?!?
post #20 of 51
Stick a branch in the snow to mark where you left your beer.
post #21 of 51
The best thing I've learned ????

Jeez thats to easy...and you guys can quote me on this ..
post #22 of 51
Actually, here is another good racing advice I got: take a leak before you get into the starting gate

post #23 of 51
Not for me, necessarily, because I don't race, but I know a number of racers that improved drastically when told to BREATHE when they are in the gates. I was suprised at how many racers would hold their breath for most or all of a run through the gates.
post #24 of 51
JohnH - I betcha if racers were singing songs as Ott suggested - while in the gates - they wouldn't forget to breath!

Ott, if you have a story behind this tip I'd love to hear it!
post #25 of 51
I got this one from an examiner today.
"Quit thinking about skiing just ski it"... it really helps when you relax a bit and just let what your body knows to do, happen.
post #26 of 51
>>>Ott, if you have a story behind this tip I'd love to hear it!<<<

Alex, now you make me revisit my youth again.
Kids and adults in Germany and Austria love to sing. The many ,many songs are all known by everyone and sung while hiking, around campfires and in the pubs and get-togethers From Vienna to Bavaria and all over.

When skiing with Sigi and our crowd as youngsters, Sigi would often start a song which set the tempo of the turns and then changing it to another which changed the tempo of the turns again.

There is a threefold benefit fo singing while skiing. The first, as mentioned above, is to set the tempo of your turns. It's like dancing. Dancing to a a slow waltz and a fast jitterbug requires differently paced steps. So it is with skiing, while you sing "Somewhere my love, or Lara's theme" from Dr. Zhivago, you are going to flow smoothly in medium turns, while if you sing "In the mood" you are going to do short swings. Though while I often don't know the words to the songs I sing, la-la-la-la does it

Second, while you sing you can't be fretting over technique, you just ski.

And third, very important, as John said, you are breathing...thirty years ago we had a local slalom racer whom we called "Old locomotive" because he was huffing and puffing all the way down the course and he would usually win. Grunting is what the new breed of tennis stars do now. It is important to exhale forcefully, inhaling comes automatically.

If you stood close to the course you could hear that he actually was talking to himself :" OK, oh sh*t, all right, jee whizz, come on, right now, etc." on every turn.It kept his rythm up and kept him breathing.

More than you wanted to know, I'm sure

post #27 of 51
Ott, Sigi stories are never more than we wanted to hear. I agree. Especially, while fast cruising, singing's the only way to go Besides, it just makes the day better.
post #28 of 51
Best thing I ever learned? That there is no such thing! Skiing is a collection of skills, all of them important, that blend together and, over time, result in an individual style.

Ok, so I feel somewhat philosophical today .
post #29 of 51
Ott, thanks for the memories and the tip!

This tip was the best expression of the mood I felt I'm enjoying skiing best in - being overly analytical in general it sometimes takes some effort for me just to let go and allow the body to do skiing as it was trained to do so far - and it usually turns out to be much better than I used to think...

Now when I'm "done" working on the technique I just start singing and that does the trick every time!

Thanks again, Ott!<FONT size="1">

[This message has been edited by AlexS (edited April 01, 2001).]</FONT>
post #30 of 51
Pre-shaped skis-dynamic anticipation.
Shaped skis: Really understanding that skiing is a sport of edges:
1.It is Ok and at times preferable to engage the uphill outside at the same time you engaging the downhill inside edge, and once that is understood, learn about making turns that change both of these edges at the same time.

2. Harb's "phantom" foot move which includes tipping it to the little toe side.
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