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
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.
Clearly this skier isn’t a nervous skier, but she was once. You can see how skiing is a dynamic activity, and one in which one is never quite “in balance”. In the same way we’re not “in-balance” when we ride a bike, skip across some stepping stones, or negotiate a steep path.
If you are a skier looking for ski lessons for nervous skiers, this isn’t where we start. Rebecca above is doing things now by instinct – she hasn’t time to think about it. And that is because she started off concentrating on one tiny movement at a time, and slowly building her own skiing edifice.
I have a new book nearing completion that will help take a nervous skier – or any other skier – “From Greens To Blacks” Continue reading →
Ski coaching to combat nerves is another service in short supply. How often have you been told to “ski in the fall line“?
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 →
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
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.
Self confidence in skiing is the hardest part of skiing. It’s much more difficult than all those issues of technique. I’ll make this the first part of a multi-part post – which is my way of saying I’m not sure what it will stretch to!
First of all it’s to do with controlling positive feedback loops. Here’s one describing cattle stampedes. Once a critical number of cattle start running – no specific threat is required – it sets up a panic in some others. That sets them running and the increased number raises the panic level, and it just keeps self-reinforcing. It also applies to human ones – why everyone runs for the same exit door – no one stops to observe and think.
Each of these reinforces the other, over and over again
Above all, the good news is that regarding your own skiing you can work on this topic l-o-n-g before you head for the slopes. In fact it works best when you are safe at home.
In my book I differentiate between ‘external’ and ‘internally generated’ stressors. Continue reading →
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.