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
Ordinary people do amazing things when they don’t know they can’t. I looked up “open-mindedness” in the Thesaurus and it came up with Acceptance, Interest, Observance, Receptiveness and Understanding. All of which, it seems to me, are pretty handy when you want to develop more skilful skiing. More of which, below the fold here – Continue reading
It is extremely difficult to do anything requiring skill if either you don’t believe that you are capable of it, or if your mental state at the time is not conducive. This particularly applies to skiing. First you have to believe it’s possible for you.
This is of particular interest to us skiers, because we are frequently challenged by the circumstances we have gone out looking for, in such a way that our mental equilibrium is disturbed by apprehension or even fear.
To be a controlled skier, or skiing in control in times of perceived extreme challenge, what we need first is control of our minds. We need the best mental state. Click here for pdf Continue reading
How many times on the average day does your foot slip? How many times do you stumble? How many times are you thrown off balance?
Heaps of folk never have these adjustments to make; their lives are spent on horizontal, high friction, smooth predictable surfaces which never challenge their balance and equilibrium.
Lord of the Rings
“… one ring to bind them,
in the land of More Doors,
Where the shadows lie”.
It’s something of a misquotation, I accept. I’ve just spent a couple of days making doors for what may yet, if the planners can be persuaded to avert their gaze, or they suffer from 100% cuts, become an abode in the stone barn down the yard.
There is nothing wrong with my joinery that can’t be fixed with a couple of giant sanding machines, loads of patience and a forty gallon drum of epoxy! I am an amateur.
While sawing, morticing, routing, and so on, I mused on matters psychological because I found many parallels with the kinds of difficulties many of my skiing pupils encounter when developing their skill.
Things did not go right all the time: Continue reading