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
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.