Originally Posted by SkiMangoJazz
I learned to flex AND extend my ankles
I learned that by turning my femurs (instead of just my feet) more upper/lower body separation is the result - particularly helpful in bumps
I learned to flex my hamstrings to raise the tails of my skis in bumps (instead of trying to "push my tips down the backside")
In general I've learned that the way you think of something can change how you do it: for example.
Pulling back the inside foot focus doesn't work (for me) as well as pressing the inside shin to the cuff and flexing that ankle.
Raising the tails works better for me then pushing down the tips (bump skiing)
Turning my legs under my upper body works better then trying to "keep a quiet upper body."
In other words, you learn better when you address the root cause instead of fixing the symptoms. It's something to keep in mind when you teach...
As for me:
- I learned that I'm capable of not only passing Level 3 but also coaching other instructors to that level
- I learned that focusing too much on technique and PSIA stuff can make a ski vacation less fun.
- I learned that plastic tele boots are better than leather. (And starting out in a softer flex boot with a lower cuff makes the transition easier.)
- I learned (again) that falling on a snowboard sucks.
- I learned that students don't have eyes in the back of their heads. (I skied on one foot when I'm trailing my students in private lessons.)