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post #31 of 118
I learn the same things every year, they just sink in a little deeper, so it takes slightly less time for me to learn them again the next season.

For example, I learned again, for something like the 40th year, that skiing with "a centered stance" really means "get your hands, hips, knees, and shins way the hell forward and keep them there, unless you're actually skiing out of your heel pieces, in which case move back 1mm."

More seriously, this was the year that I really learned how to control radius and edge angle by tipping the inside leg, and to release turns by collapsing the outside leg.
post #32 of 118

I learned that a 62 year old transplanted to Louisville Kentucky some years ago can find a way to enjoy local 400 ft vertical hills by focusing on carving and racing:
- taking race training last December at Jay Peak Vermont
- challenging himself with local beer league and NASTAR racing throughout January and February (actually qualified for NASTAR nationals).
- rewarding all that effort with a recent trip to Alta to end the season free skiing.

Result - I now ski at faster speeds with better technique and with the confidence and control I thought I had at age 40.

post #33 of 118
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  • My dog always loves me

Your boyfriend must have broken up with you!
post #34 of 118
I learned how to become a halfway decent skier.

I learned that driving to Tahoe in true whiteout conditions is quite stressful-and I live in snow country.
post #35 of 118
I learned (or felt) what a strong inside half is---that is open.       I also learned that when I do this move correctly, I have less fun, becuase I am in total control like on rails.     I can ski as fast I as I can and still be in control.    


Point 2---I need to find steeper longer runs.     
post #36 of 118
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Your boyfriend must have broken up with you!
Nah, my boyfriend still loves me, its my husband that I wonder about. 
post #37 of 118
I learned how to improve my steep skiing technique, and Verbier's backside lives up to it's name. I also learned to ski gates.
post #38 of 118
I learned that my body does not enjoy skiing as long and as hard as I do. I like to ski as much as I can for as long as I can.
I learned that my bank account is seriously cramping my ski trip plans.
post #39 of 118
That the view from the top can be a mind fuck, and you better be sure you the line finishes before committing to it. 
post #40 of 118
 I learned that my brain is evil ! It's always yelling at me " YOU CAN"T SKI THAT - IT's TOO STEEP, TOO BUMPY, TOO NARROW - YOU"RE JUST NOT GOOD ENOUGH  - GO BACK TO THE BUNNY HILL  - LOOSER!"  Why do I even bother wearing a helmet ? To protect my evil brain ? Not like it's been doing me any favors lately!
post #41 of 118
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Originally Posted by ILOJ View Post

 I learned that my brain is evil ! It's always yelling at me " YOU CAN"T SKI THAT - IT's TOO STEEP, TOO BUMPY, TOO NARROW - YOU"RE JUST NOT GOOD ENOUGH  - GO BACK TO THE BUNNY HILL  - LOOSER!"  Why do I even bother wearing a helmet ? To protect my evil brain ? Not like it's been doing me any favors lately!

dude trade your helmet in for beer... you should be solid.
post #42 of 118
I learned that new skis and a good lesson from a level 3 PSIA instructor can significantly improve your skills and make  you feel young again.  That said new equipment can only do so much to improve your skills year to year. 

If I want to move forward next year I got to drop 20lbs. 
post #43 of 118
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."

 

 

 

post #44 of 118
SMJ, I like your take on movements and concepts.  How else would you describe 'tipping your ski to the little toe side?'

I learn better balance and edge control by skiing on one ski more often. I learned that I'm better on my right leg (I'm right handed) and I learned that I will need new boots soon.

Most important, I learned that it can still be a lot of fun skiing in the Mid-Atlantic.
post #45 of 118
 
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Originally Posted by Laurel Hill Crazie View Post

SMJ, I like your take on movements and concepts.  How else would you describe 'tipping your ski to the little toe side?'
 

Thanks LHC!

How about;
Move diagonally across your outside ski to start a turn.
or
Pressure the right side (in a right turn) of your (what will be old) outside ski in front of the boot to pull yourself down the hill.
post #46 of 118
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Originally Posted by SkiMangoJazz View Post

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")

Hmmm... I've always had problems with extension... I'll have to try this.

post #47 of 118

I learned...

1. I could still get 16 days on the snow balancing needs of wifey and new born. Every day of skiing equals 1 day at the spa for her and a quality father/son day for me.

 

2. I could totally reconnect with my brother through skiing...all 16 days on snow with him

 

3. The local hill can be as exciting as the far away resort...it's not the last resort.

4. Skiing in the pouring rain can be a blast

 

post #48 of 118
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Originally Posted by ecimmortal View Post

I learned how to ski.

Then I learned how to ski steeps.

Then I learned how to ski tree's.

Then I learned how to ski waist deep pow.

Then I learned how to ski steep waist deep pow in the tree's.

Lastly I learned that if you don't hit it early you might as well just roll over and go back to sleep.

It was a good first year being a skier. And it's not done yet.


 

Congrats on your first season! How many ski days did you get in?
post #49 of 118
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Congrats on your first season! How many ski days did you get in?
 
About 65 so far. I still have a month and a half left on one of my passes.
post #50 of 118
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About 65 so far. I still have a month and a half left on one of my passes.

 

Thant's truly a great first season - Nice Job!

I only got in 56 ski days so far, and will end up only getting in another day or two - so you've got me beat.
post #51 of 118
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Originally Posted by SkiMangoJazz View Post

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.) 

-Sundown-
post #52 of 118
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I learned that I like ABasin more than I like Loveland.
 

Oh the sacrilege!  You know your skis like Loveland a lot more .
post #53 of 118
With 17 days logged this season (about average for me living in the Chicago area) I had a great time inasmuch as I:

learned to lay down railroad track turns after having been trying for the last 8 seasons

and

finally acquired the ability to ski on one foot (or the other ;-) ) after having been trying to do this for the last 14 seasons.

Yeah, I know, I'm a slow learner. Definitely NOT a natural at skiing. But the payoff was very much worth the wait (and worth the occasional hard fall while learning!)

EC
post #54 of 118
 I learned that skiers from the East ARE better.
 I learned that skiers from the west are always on the defence about there abilities
 I learned the ski hero to people who just love the sport ratio is about one in five on Epicski
 I learned how to paint a target on my back and laugh at all the poor shots
post #55 of 118
Thanks to the exceptional snow season we had in the mid-Atlantic I learned a few new lines in the trees on a mountain I've been skiing since 1967.
post #56 of 118
Amen to that, James.
post #57 of 118
I learned that fitness and conditioning can improve skiing more than another pair of skis.

This is the first year that I have not added any gear, but I came to the slopes 30 lbs lighter instead.
post #58 of 118
I learned that there is nothing more important and special to me than skiing with my 8 and 11 year old daughters. And I mean nothing..........

They will soon be thinking that dad is not as cool as they did......and these days may be limited......
post #59 of 118
I learned that I should make a rule for myself.  That rule is: Always know what is over any drop-off before flying off it.
post #60 of 118
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 I learned that there is nothing more important and special to me than skiing with my 8 and 11 year old daughters. And I mean nothing..........

They will soon be thinking that dad is not as cool as they did......and these days may be limited......
Smart man Mr Middleton - many people only realize this after it's too late.   I got about 30 days in this season with my 10 and 12 yr old, and only 1 day with my 15 yr old !  My 10 and 12 yr old don't think I'm cool, but at least they tolerate my uncoolness to get a ride to the mountain.
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