Originally Posted by lady_Salina
So everyday I try to explain to the legions of students of all ages proper ski stance. After showing and explaining that feet apart, flexed knees, arms, elbows and hands forward and apart, bend at the waist to keep balance on the feet and to stay in this flexible and balanced, PREPARED position they look at me like I asked them to pose in some obscene or alien pose and after attempting to copy it and then starting to slide down the hill.... immediately close their hands, hug themselves, run there skis into one anothers and sit back till they fall down when they hit pitch, I can't for the life of me understand how they don't feel and see the benefits of the balanced position.
After viewing this photo of my grandson at 1.5 years, as he hits the pitch of the slide in standing position and immediately assumes the flexed, balanced, prepared stance, I try so hard to teach each day I have to wonder. Do we lose some natural ability and sense between learning to walk and growing up?
Sure we all lose natural ability its called getting old. Some can put it off for a long time others lose there athletic ability pretty quick in life. Kids are the easiest to teach, 1) most have no fear -see above picture 2) they have functioning body parts -see above picture. 3) they have a great natural curiosity, will try most anything-see above picture
With the right guidance he could be ripping turns at age 3, he's got IT, look at his eyes.
We as adults, the general public, tourists etc have lost that. We very rarely move, sit at desks, on couches etc. The first joint to go is the ankle, it loses its flexibility because of all sorts of reasons, lack of use, injury, bad foot wear. Those little sprained ankles over the years take their toll. I can't believe walking in high heels can actually help someones ankle dexterity.
I like to think of skiing as having balancing movements. Never evers and newer skiers tend to make macro adjustments while trying to stay upright. Those can be anything from arms flailing to backs bending, knees flexing, shoulders dipping,twisting, turning. The more advanced one is the smaller the movements and they tend to be more micro in size more ankle and even toe related, fingers, wrist. But if the dexterity is gone or frozen up in those joints (especially ankle, hip, knee) high end skiing is not going to happen.
As others above have mentioned the boots can really make or break someones chances of having any reasonable chance at a decent stance, footbeds can really help fix alignment issues that can hold us back. Not much can be done to rid ourselves of fear as others have said everyone has a breaking point somewhere. We can try to manage it, play up to the edges of it but at some point we all are staring down that run and start questioning our feeling of immortality. I'm trying not to grow up, it just gets harder every year.