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.
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).Continue reading