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

Ski lessons to help combat nerves

Ski lessons to help combat nerves are in short supply. Most ski instruction is a bit too “gung-ho” for many folk particularly for women skiers, but for male ones too.

ski lessons to help combat nerves
Man with umbrella problem.

As a trained observer I frequently see folk skiing in ways which make it clear their performance is being affected by (possibly unrecognised) anxiety – men or women. The main causes of this are two fold – first of all they do not have an expressly clear idea of what movements to make, and furthermore they do not have an instantly recogniseable feedback system that tells them what is actually happening. Confusion reigns.

The picture above is a perfect example of clarity in feedback. It gives you an instant picture of what is about to happen – you’re going to come to some roadworks. You need to do something, like slow down.

Why do skiers get nervous?

Above all skiers get nervous because they don’t know what is happening so they don’t know what might happen.

This is the fault of a ski instruction system that has never done enough to help you understand skiing. Skiing is not a natural human behaviour, you need to learn it. Without understanding it that is virtually impossible to learn anything, never mind something with the potential to scare you.

So, before you do something you need to prepare for it, and before you prepare for it you need to understand it. I explain this a little more fully on page 4 of my book “Ski In Control” (link).

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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 courses and Self Confidence. Part 2

Skiing courses often do not address self confidence issues.  Self confidence is built by you as I explained a week or so ago in part 1.

Falling skier

We all do it, even the experts. Better Skiing technique helps!

I identified some of the stressors that work against you when you are building your self confidence.  Here are some, again –

  • expectations of disaster
  • negative mental images
  • a belief that you may not be up to the job.
  • thoughts of failure or inadequacy
  • thoroughly misplaced perceptions of the next bit of slope – an endless list really.

All of these have a predictive quality about them; they are forecasts.  Forecasts are seldom right.  Read on  Continue reading

Self confidence

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!

In chapter 12 of my book Ski In Control:how to ski ANY piste anywhere in full control  I expand a little on this issue.  It is perfectly possible for you to keep all the stressor factors under your control.  You can build your self confidence.

Positive feedback loops.

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.

Self confidence while skiing

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

How sharp do you need your ski edges?

Ski instruction - get them on their edges

Is this the ultimate ski design?
No!

Skis’ edge sharpness is the only mention ski edges get on Bobski skiing courses!

Skiing courses with Bobski.com start right now, at home. And ski edges are only one of the happy things we can start thinking about now it’s September!

Like so much about skiing the subject is full of baloney.  There is a prevalent school of thought that you need them ultra sharp all the time.  You don’t.  Continue reading

Ski In Control – how to ski ANY piste anywhere in full control

Ski In Control is the name of my new book at last published through and available from Amazon, or directly from me.   Paperback £12.95 postage paid, or Kindle Edition £8.99

Tom Stiansen, World Slalom Champion says “This is a great book specially for recreational skiers.  It’s a good tool for them”.

Ski In Control

Front cover of Bob’s new booki

Ski In Control has helped the very large percentage of the hundreds of skiers I have coached to develop real confidence.  They had all given up on ski schools very early on in their skiing experience because it got them nowhere.

I wrote Ski In Control specifically for recreational skiers – folk who have largely got fed up with ski schools.  In it I explain why that happens.  I show you why once you can “sort of” do it ski schools generally inhibit your progress.  Folk then tend to blame themselves for not getting better, when in fact they are not the reason.  In truth virtually everybody has the capacity to become an expert skier.  That applies irrespective of your age, your gender, or your experience.

Don’t give up.  There’s no need to.  You genuinely have the potential.

Two folk recently wrote to me to say “If it hadn’t been for you Bob I would have given up”.  There’s no need to give up or despair, read on …

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Skiing is like flying

Skiing is like flying

F22 Stealth Fighter

Skiing is like flying – bear with me, this really is about your skiing.  The F22 can only fly because laminar flow technology was developed sufficiently that it provided enough air resistance for the aircraft to push against.

Round about 350 BC, Aristotle thought that a flying object such as an arrow, was sustained in its flight by the air pushing it along, through the action of rushing in behind it to fill a vacuum.  His idea assumed that air sustained its flight, rather than acting to retard it.

If he had been correct, skiing would not have been possible.  Like the F22, you need resistance too.  Understanding this could help your skiing enormously.  Read on below the fold  Continue reading

Sports psychology: Skiing and Rugby

Sports psychology works !

Sports psychology at work

Johnny Sexton proving imagery works !  Picture courtesy of planetrugby.com

Sports psychology plays a big part in top level sports nowadays.  As anyone will know who has been on my skiing courses, visited the bobski.com blog, or read my book here

It is not an arcane science that is only available to elite performers, we can all use it.

The picture above is of Irish Rugby star Johnny Sexton making the drop-kick during overtime minutes in the Ireland-vs-France match yesterday.  The significance for out skiing, you ask ?

The pressure on him was enormous;  the time available almost non-existent;  his responsibility to the rest of his team who had worked incredibly hard to set-up this half-opportunity equally burdensome.

Using imagery, from sports psychology, to improve your chances.

Interviewed afterwards, Sexton said seconds before he took the kick – a 42 yarder ! – he remembered and evisioned a previous game, years before, with almost the same characterisitics, when he took a similar kick that had succeeded !

He implied that his imagery had helped him succeed with this one.  I believe him.

Whatever level of skiing ability you currently possess, you can use imagery and mental control techniques to help you.  Like everything to do with skill, whether skiing or not, you need practice at mental techniques.  But they are just as available to you as they are to elite performers.

Learn about skiing mental techniques and you will improve your skiing more than you may think.

Imagery works.  I cover a lot of it in other blog posts, some of my “white papers” – if you want some just write to me at bobski@bobski.com and of course I explain much more fully the things that you can do, in my book: the link above should take you to it or just Google Ski In Control: How to ski ANY piste, anywhere, in full control.

 

Use your ski tips. Stop “Doing Turns” !

“Skis are like restaurant waiters – the  ( ski ) tips are very important.”

Ski Tips

Is this the most important part of your ski ?

Ski tips – another extract from my now-published book “Ski In Control: How to ski ANY piste, anywhere in full control”.  Find it here on Amazon https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ski-Control-piste-anywhere-control-ebook/dp/B078JPQCHY/

STOP doing “TURNS” ! But don’t stop changing direction.

The vast majority of skiers first learned such skiing as they now have, by going to ski schools.

Ski schools – or certainly the vast majority of them – have strange beliefs. They believe you can learn by watching, and they believe that when skiing you “do turns”. Most also seem to believe that to “do” a “turn”, you need to “Turn your skis”. This, usually shouted in quite a loud voice.

At very low speeds, on extremely gentle pistes, this “kind of” works, in so far as some kind of directional change might occur. In some ways this is a pity because the basic idea is not a good one.   Read on …. Continue reading