Category Archives: Ski coaching

Skiing for older people. How to change your beliefs

Skiing for older people assumes you don’t want to improve.  They offer you ‘guided tours’ rather than coaching.  I think that’s wrong.  I think older folk want to get better just like younger ones.  There’s more here

Skiing for older people

Still getting better !

Most skiers “plateau” – they stop getting better at it.  I don’t think this is because they want to plateau.  My experience as a coach is that at least a percentage of skiers would love to ski better, no matter what their age is.  But there are so few routes to its achievement.

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Ski courses for skiers moving on to red runs

Ski courses for skiers moving on to red runs.  Here’s a surprise!

Shows the angle of a red ski run

Not as steep as you thought ?

This picture shows the approximate angle of inclination of red runs everywhere.   Ski resorts all of the world adhere to these protocols.  They have agreed angles – with small variations – for blue ski runs, reds, blacks, and of course green beginner slopes.

In my experience skiers find it surprising that, for example, a red run is no steeper than shown.  They always seem steeper when you are skiing on them, and even steeper than that when you are standing at the top.

What can we learn from this picture?

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Ski coaching to combat nerves

Ski coaching to combat nerves is another service in short supply.  How often have you been told to “ski in the fall line“?

Ski coaching to combat nerves

This is not what your ski instructor meant – but it’s what she SAID!

Highly knowledgeable ski coaches refer to the “fall line”.  They do this because they make fine distinctions between the ‘fall line’ and the ‘flow line’.  By the ‘flow line’ they refer to the pathway taken by your centre of mass, or by your skis – “central and peripheral flows”.

However, ski instructors don’t teach many knowledgeable ski coaches;  they teach recreational skiers.  “Fall lines” don’t sound good to recreational skiers, so we need to provide ski coaching to help combat nerves.  Read on for more explanation Continue reading

Bobski – Ski Coaching for Anxious Skiers

Ski coaching for anxious skiers has much to do with enhancing  Confidence!

ski coaching for anxious skiers

Ski in Control. It is your right !

How would it be, for you, if you had more of it just when you needed it?

Your level of self confidence is not dictated by outside circumstances. You are not an “empty vessel” subject only to external influences.  What is more is that if you don’t have as much self confidence as you would like to have, you have it within your power to have more. If you are prepared to work at it.

Top sportsmen and women use several powerful and simple techniques, to help them maintain a high level of self confidence in the face of challenges, and set backs.

If, on occasion, your performance is less than you would have wished, (who’s isn’t?) then at least one of the possible contributory factors to that was a lack of a high level of self confidence. Continue reading

How to find skiing lessons for nervous skiers

How to find skiing lessons for nervous skiers –  That was the question that arose a month or so ago when we were filming a new Bobski.com DVD on how I teach.  See the first clip on my new Facebook page here https://www.facebook.com/bobskicontrolledskiing

Skiing lessons for nervous skiers

Confidence! That’s what you need.

According to my pupils the answer was – nowhere it would seem. Some of the skiers I had with me were clearly pretty apprehensive about the process. So I asked some of them who had been effective in helping them in their search for how to overcome their fear of skiing.  Nobody had.  No ski schools had helped. Skiing with their partners and friends had not helped. Trying to “get the miles in” had made it worse rather than better.

This made me very sad – for a considerable number of years being out on the ski slopes had been a trial rather than a pleasure for them. I had myself been in that very situation for 8 long years until I was lucky enough to chance upon a first rate skiing coach.

This apprehension seems to apply to both men and women, though the men find it harder to admit it. Not all men and women but a surprisingly large percentage. Skiing is such a marvelous experience that it makes people continue to go every year, but the skiing itself loads a very large number of people with considerable anxiety. How sad. How curable!  Not only anxiety but disappointment – returning home year after year having made no progress.

Nervous skiers can change this around

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Skiing Lessons in ski school: why don’t they work better?

Skiing Lessons are mostly given by resort ski schools. Not many people find them satisfactory after the first few. You need a different teaching model for developing expert skiing skill.

Skiing lessons in small groups

Skiing lessons coached

Most recreational skiers either continue with them because they provide a bit of company to ski with, or give them up and hope that “getting the miles in” will make them better skiers.  There is more to it than that …. Continue reading

Skiing Technique – Three Big Mistakes

 

Skiing technique: mistake #2: Clumsy joint flexing.

Ski instruction - hands forward, knees bent.

Perhaps correct for her exercise but terrible for skiing!

Skiing technique can be practiced at home in your bedroom.   I want to return here to my admonition in “Mistakes #1” on posture, find it here .  If you have not already read it, I recommend reading that first.  Do the simple practices and then come back to this.

This Skiing technique issue of being able to both flex and extend your ankle, knee and hip joints – especially your ankle – is not a peripheral matter.  This is absolutely fundamental to your development of skilful skiing.  You need to develop skill in this area for your skiing to really give you satisfaction.

Here I show you some simple and safe ways to get started on this.

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Skiing-with-Confidence: How to build yours.

Skiing-with-confidence makes all the difference between enjoying it, and not doing.  But the kind of thing in the picture, just doesn’t work.  There is no point in someone, or ourselves telling us to “Be Confident”.  If it were that easy it would not even be a topic,  never mind one as important as it is.  You might just as well say “Be Taller!”

This kind of thing doesn't work - just saying "Be Confident". But there is much you CAN do to get there.

This kind of thing doesn’t work – just saying “Be Confident”. But there is much you CAN do to get there.

This “just be confident” admonition is a something-for-nothing policy.  Like most attempted short cuts it saves time in getting you to somewhere that isn’t worth going in the first place.

To ski-with-confidence is a process, not an event.  You generate it internally and it does not automatically happen.  Like so much else, to be any good you have to work at it.

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Ski instruction - hands forward, knees bent.

Ski technique: Your hands are more important than you think.

My ski coaching sometimes surprises when I pay so much heed to skiers’ hands regarding ski technique. Surely, skiing is about your feet?  Well it is, but it’s about a lot more. Glen Plake one of the world’s greatest extreme skiers told one group that the instant he couldn’t see his hands – it was too late.   But the instruction to “Carry your hands forward”  is simply awful.  It creates poor ski technique. Here’s why ..  Continue reading

Ski instruction needs better descriptors

Ski instruction - get them on their edges

Is this the ultimate ski design?
No!

Ski instruction is mostly delivered by ski schools and ski instructors.  Too many still use inappropriate words to convey the ideas that are most likely to help you to improve your skill.

The instructor knows what he/she means, but it’s no good if it puts the wrong idea into the pupil’s head.  Take the picture above, for example Continue reading