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The Three C's of skiing - Commitment/Confidence/Control

post #1 of 10
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It all comes down to this.  

 

1. Commitment

2. Confidence

3. Control

 

 

1. Commitment to the fall line.  Always moving downhill.

 

2. Confidence.  In a lot of ways more important then sophisticated skills.

 

3. Control.    Skill, technique, could be "competence" instead - but Control speaks more to the heart of the matter.

 

 

I often wonder what is holding me back from becoming an expert skier (don't ask what that means to me - but I know, and it has a lot to do with surface conditions.)

 

Yes I do need to work on certain skills for Control.  One footed skiing and pivot slips in particular.  They will enhance my turn initiation greatly when mastered more.

 

But the reality is that what holds me back isn't my skill.  I have the skill to ski most things I come across.  I just don't always have the nerve, the drive.  The John Madden "IN YOUR FACE!!  TASTES GREAT!!  LESS FILLING!"   (thanks to Toonsie for this.) 

 

There are lots of skiers without very sophisticated skills who can ski in many ways better then I can, as far as getting down things I avoid or pick my way down.

 

At my age I need more of #3 to Control my speed through turn shape so I don't lose #1 and #2, but I probably need more of a commitment to #1 then anything else.

post #2 of 10

Great topic, and one that really resonates with me - those three C's are inextricably intertwined!!  ;-)

 

As someone on the cusp of being a decent skier I currently perceive it that 1 comes as a result of having 2 and/or 3 (preferably both). I'm working at it to get as much of 3 as I can, (garnering experience in the process), but until the day comes when I have 2 in abundance often it simply comes down to going for it; have to "man up", get through it, and get that experience.

 

Perhaps you should add "Cojones" as a Fourth C?  ;-)

 

Yesterday stood at the top of a slightly steep/icy bump run, thinking about how I might ski down. Guy comes along, takes a quick look, then shoots right down the middle, turning and shaving speed perfectly on bumps, smooth, total control. I didn't have the confidence to do that from the top, so I picked my way down a bit, side slipping, and about halfway down where it got a little less steep I let it go and rode it out. Figure the more I do that the more I'll work my way up to where I can run it from the top. I get a little more experience (and confidence) every time through.

 

post #3 of 10
Thread Starter 

lol well isn't Cojones the same thing as Commitment?    Fake it until you make it kind of a thing.  Go downhill and keep making turns and good things happen.

post #4 of 10

Hi Mango. Starting older in life myself, I can relate.

 

Also, I believe you forgot one other C:

 

1. Commitment

2. Confidence

3. Control

4. Cash.

 

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post #5 of 10

Crack me up M-man, quite true! the 4th C matters greatly..

post #6 of 10
Thread Starter 

Well isn't Cash the same as Control?  biggrin.gif

post #7 of 10

This thread reminds me a lot of Weem's Sports Diamond:  Purpose, Will, Power, and Touch.

 

 

 

post #8 of 10
Thread Starter 

Really just from two of the corners of the diamond however - Power and Will.

post #9 of 10

After exercising the 3 C's of skiing, it is sometimes advisable to move on to another C: Cuervo. But only after.

post #10 of 10

C-rider : translation

 

1. Commitment = Purpose 

2. Confidence = Touch 

3. Control = Will

4. Cash = POWER

 

Cuervo = JW Black, rocks, soda in highball glass with two lemons but at 10k ft, risky proposition, headaches come fast and furious

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