Get skiing now before everything melts!

Those of you who know me will be aware of my on-going irritation with our politicians and their deranged energy policy, based on their utterly phoney “catastrophic planetary overheating” hypothesis, and their amazing self belief that they are saving the world.

So here I go again – you don’t have to read it, just ignore the “Grumpy Old Man” category of posts and stick to the skiing if that pleases you more !   Continue reading

Equilibrium; is it a Skiing Good Thing ?

How many times on the average day does your foot slip? How many times do you stumble? How many times are you thrown off balance?

Unbalance pic

Heaps of folk never have these adjustments to make; their lives are spent on horizontal, high friction, smooth predictable surfaces which never challenge their balance and equilibrium.

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“MIND” your skiing

Lord of the Rings

“… one ring to bind them,
in the land of More Doors,
Where the shadows lie”.
J.R.R.Tolkien.

It’s something of a misquotation, I accept. I’ve just spent a couple of days making doors for what may yet, if the planners can be persuaded to avert their gaze, or they suffer from 100% cuts, become an abode in the stone barn down the yard.

There is nothing wrong with my joinery that can’t be fixed with a couple of giant sanding machines, loads of patience and a forty gallon drum of epoxy! I am an amateur.

While sawing, morticing, routing, and so on, I mused on matters psychological because I found many parallels with the kinds of difficulties many of my skiing pupils encounter when developing their skill.

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Skiing in Control is your birthright.

Free extract from “Controlled Skiing” by Bob Trueman.

Took me years to realise that you will never develop skilful controlled skiing  – or anything else physical – by watching an expert do it, or looking at pictures.  In fact the very worst thing you can do is watch an expert. It’s depressing, and you can’t see what is really happening.

If you could learn by watching I could play concert piano like Ashkenazy, or golf like Tiger Woods.  Instead I play concert piano like Tiger Woods, and golf like Validimir Ashkenazy!

Anybody can become a skilled controlled skier. Anybody. It is nonsense to suppose that only “born athletes” (there is no such thing) can do it. The potential to become a first rate skier does not suddenly atrophy when you get to forty. Neither is it closed off to you if you are born female. Anybody can do it and it is never too late. Continue reading