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post #31 of 40
All of the above advice is indeed very good. One more thing that your wife should try. Read "Breakthrough On Skis, How To Get Out Of The Intermediate Rut" or "Breakthrough On The New Skis" (either edition will do) by Lito Tejada-Flores. She sounds like a prime candidate for this book. You can get used copies on Amazon.com for under $1.00 plus shipping.
In The Yikes Zone is also a very good book.
post #32 of 40
I too believe that fear, and lack of self-confidence can effect the body's performance. I skiied green trails for quite a while and finally decided to go down a blue trail after my boyfriend convinced me that my skills were good enough. I was pretty nervous at first, but eventaully became comfortable with blue trails. I was forced to practice one evening when all of the green trails closed and I was still enthusiastic about skiing!
Now black diamonds are my next big challange. I have gone down a few. They are fun and scarey at the same time. One I went down was steep for me and I hesitated at the top of the mountain as I decided whether to do down or not. After a few moments I just decided to go for it. I learned that sometimes you just have to be confident, despite the nervous feeling in your stomach. A little bit of nervous energy might not be so bad for performance.
The only advide I can think of is practice, practice, practice and try to get into a mindset of "I'm a good skiier, I can do this." Use encouraging words. Take your time. But most of all have fun!
post #33 of 40
Originally posted by ant:
For this kind of fear, I think you have to nibble away at it, rather than try to "crash through". When this fear is strong, often there can be no Crash Through. You just have to gradually build confidence, and when the heart is up, tackle those things that are just slightly in the fear zone.

Well put, and I totally agree. My wife just spent several days on skis as a newbie. Her instructor did a great job of introducing the necessary skills to get her started, but the comfort level is coming along slowly. Each day out, she was better and better, but she is definitely still dealing with the "timid" factor. I think over time she will be fine, but small steps are the way to go for her and other timid skiers. Better to go slow, bite off a little at a time, than to have a poor experience and just give up.
post #34 of 40
This has been a great discussion, everyone. Even though the original impetus for this thread was about Mrs Josseph's skiing, I am getting a lot of insight on fear and the management of fear. Basically, fear is a very personal thing, and it is manifested differently in different people. Thus, the way to manage fear should also be personalized. I think especially for the newer ski instructors, many view fear as a generalized issue, with only one perscribed solution: move back to gentler terrain. This is, no doubt, a great starting point. However, just as people are different, remedies that work well need to be individualized.
post #35 of 40
For me as a begining skier I did not move back to green trails. I was not about to regress (not that there is anything wrong with this). I wanted to start off on the easy trails and move forward, rather than backward. However, I had made some progress, worked on my skills and wanted to progress them even further. I did not let the fear get the best of me. Instead of giving in, I faced the fear. I went down the blue trails and when I was afraid of the black trails I went down them too. I am still not 100% confident on black trails, but I am getting there. I'm having a fun time along the way.
post #36 of 40
I'll repeat, I think fear is a gender difference issue also. Some women, especially those in their late teens/early 20s, can tackle fear in a more male way. but I've found that most women older than this respond to fear with fear. It varies, but it's too widespread a thing to ignore or talk away.

Giving women the skills, and the confidence in those skills, to ski, seems an effective way to fight the fear, but it can take longer for them to trust their skills.
post #37 of 40

some of what you say sounds right, but I suspect it is not so much fear as a differing risk assessment. Motherhood in particular may place such risks in a different light. Most families could manage Dad's broken leg, fewer would manage Mum's.
post #38 of 40
That's true too. That rush of "how will we get home who will get the kids off to school oh god the house and what about my job" through the mind can be quite paralyzing too! Differing risk assessment, not a bad way to put it.
post #39 of 40
Originally posted by daslider:
....a differing risk assessment. Motherhood in particular may place such risks in a different light. Most families could manage Dad's broken leg, fewer would manage Mum's.
In all honesty I think this is a bit simplistic. My wife's kids, for example, are 22 and 20. Their lives won't miss a beat if mom suffers a broken leg. (I, on the other hand, need her healthy to support the skiing to which I have become accustomed. : )

I think the difference boils down to how men and women in general deals with problems. Men tend to deal with issues headon. A h igher porportion of women tend to be less confrontational, and they internalize issues.
post #40 of 40

That Is Why !

Originally Posted by daslider
Doesn't your learning curve remain steep so long as the actual ski slope remains relatively shallow?
I was always in Lech and then on my own in France and I heard it is a beginners resort - I felt back then I learned much more there then ever in Lech ! Now I understand why !

Conc fear : don´t ski with fear , simply , or in bad weather or when it is to cold - pull out if conditions ain´t ideal , it is no fun and can cripple you.
Conc care : best skier most careful skiier any ski instructer in Lech will tell you ! If you are careful enough , mayb you can escape injury ! Be daring one single second and then to the surgeons table.

Bernhard Franz
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