CalG - sorry if I wasn't clear - I skied JUST like that guy - but it was a couple of years ago now. I have spent a LOT of time learning to be more dynamic. There is NO just about picking up 1 ski for me - remember I CANNOT naturally stand on 1 leg for a count of 5 in bare feet in my lounge!
|Originally posted by yuki:
From past posts it sounds like you ski a lot and, you take a lotta lessons.
Are you tethered to "instructional perfection"?
Do you you ever ski and relax? Do you ever relax and just ski reactively?
Is every run a challenge?
I tend to look at lessons from the perspective of having more fun in recreation. With my karate it was 180 degrees the other way ..... rarely fun, all challenge. I try to remind some of the tight clients that a smile will make it a lot easier.
Yuki - hooked on instructional perfection - probably. COULDN'T
ski without an instructor for a while (I could practice after a lesson - but needed to be 'set up' for each days snow conditions). NOW - I can - but I am ADDICTED to improving - & for me that means LOTS of feedback=someone to tell me what bits to 'ignore' & what to 'listen' to.
Ski & relax - that is the goal for ANY stage that I go through. My instructors work first on INCREASING the difficulty(harder terrain, higher speed, improved quality of turn) - then on me getting to the stage where I have learnt the movement SO well that I can relax rather than focus intently. The sequence is often - me following, me in lead, me in lead & SMILING. So NO - EVERY run is not a challenge - but I am constantly challenged.
One of the BIG improvements this year is that I will go & just ski an area on my OWN - for the sheer challenge. Also I will ski with the other instructors for entertainment now - so they take pity & take me with them sometimes.
At Thredbo: We do things like skiing out of bounds (not a hard run - it is through trees but not steep & ski patrol came with us) as a REWARD lesson - for hard work done & skiing achievements reached. I stay in a YHA there & the atmosphere is such that we all ski together on & off. I have quite a few friends I ski with - for fun after my lessons. Also a few come with me in lessons. It is just the sort of place that the better skiers will take out those less able for a few runs or half a day. Once they all looked after me - now I am sometimes taking others out.
I was probably very blessed - my first instructor was VERY patient - but also DETERMINED that I see skiing as enjoyable. He gave me a great legacy - a love of skiing & some GOOD basic movement patterns. He was NOT highly qualified(had a damaged foot & I think it didn't help his exams) but was a GREAT instructor. I am regularly grateful for his terrific early lessons.
I mentioned to my instructor the other day that I feel my ski learning travels in a helical fashion - I am always working on the SAME skill sets - as I get better at one another needs improvement etc - so I travel in a spiral up a path where the same skill is being worked on but at a higher level. He has agreed with me that improvement & learning do not stop EVER.
I am hoping that MAYBE next year I can do the hiring clinic at one resort & work part-time. I will need to be MUCH more consistent in my skiing though. atm I vary A LOT