Goal setting is not simply setting “targets”. Done skilfully it will help you get where you want to go. Very few people outside of professional sports folk understand “goal-setting”.
Standing at the Crossroads every highway looks the same.
We are programmed from childhood to think of goals as “targets”. Quantified amounts of something that we have to achieve, but which are usually set by someone else. Later in life it’s the school exams, or the University, and then the Boss at work. “Here’s your target, make sure you hit it”.
Most of my skiing pupils come to me initially with this general idea, although of course it’s tacit rather then precisely expressed. Almost none know about goal setting and what it can bring them when done well. But all is not lost, read on below the fold …. Continue reading →
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.
We all do it, even the experts. Better Skiing technique helps!
Skiing technique : mistake #1: Standing too upright.
Skiing is dynamical in nature. Constantly moving. It is not a series of individual, and separated events but a continual stream of them. More akin to a moving stream than a line of individually separated stones.
The oft-promoted, and oft-accepted idea of being “in balance” is completely wrong. There is never time to be “in” balance; we would have to come to a stop in order to be able to do that. As John Shedden pointed out to me once, if you stand a brick on its end, on a flat level surface, it will be in balance. We cannot ski like that.
Skiing technique requires instead, for our balanc-ing to be of a ‘fuzzy’ nature. So long as we are moving, we will not ever be “in” balance, we will instead be constantly moving towards that: constantly making (often unconscious) movements adjusting to changing circumstances. This is one of the reasons that skiing is difficult. There is much you can do to change this, even while you are at home. Continue reading →
Ski Training and how you can use your bedroom full-length mirror to enhance your skiing.
Do just three a week of my ten-minute sessions with your full length mirror and you’ll transform your skiing next season
Practice does not make perfect. Not automatically anyway: it might do but more than likely won’t. What practice does is to make permanent, no matter what you practice or how you practice it. So it can do more harm than good if you are not careful. As John Shedden observed, “Humans get good at what they do”. So be careful what you do.
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 “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.
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 →
Women Only Skiing. Is the forty-something-or-over woman Britain’s most wasted resource?
This post on Women Only Skiing is philosophical not technical. It was prompted by an observation I made decades ago, almost when I first started on ski instruction and long before I rose to become a skiing coach.
You’re not past it, you’ve just got it.
Because I’m no spring chicken, women over shall we say forty, seem to have found my approach to helping you become a skillful skier less threatening and challenging than some others. And a lot more effective. Partly this is because I respect mature women-folk and their genuine potential. I have a very different approach to ski learning coming from a ski coaching background. Ski instruction and ski coaching are very different.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca, philosopher and statesman. Born at Cordoba c. 4 BC.
Ski learning may not at first seem closely related to Roman philosophy. The same is not true in reverse because philosophy is a part of everything in life. Seneca had some very powerful and useful things to say about ski learning. Take them to heart and you will be happier. Continue reading →