Not a time for gross movements!
Skiing lessons are a good example of the need to get more out for less in.
Watch a skilful skier skiing fast – a downhiller in a race for example – and it all looks pretty wild. Arms flailing, legs pumping, skis jumping around like jumping beans.
But in reality it’s a game of subtleties, so you need fine control, and finesse. And that is what your own skiing is about as well. Read below the fold for more detail. Continue reading
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
Is this the ultimate ski design?
Ski instruction is mostly delivered by ski schools and ski instructors. Too many still use inappropriate words to convey the ideas that are most likely to help you to improve your skill.
The instructor knows what he/she means, but it’s no good if it puts the wrong idea into the pupil’s head. Take the picture above, for example Continue reading
To improve your ski learning keep taking the tablets: they don’t work if you don’t take them.
To improve your ski learning– or indeed to improve skill with any technique or group of techniques, somewhat resembles looking after your health.
Your doctor diagnoses some ailment or other. Next she prescribes a treatment that you need to keep applying. She gives you the medication, and off you go.
You are keen to make things better, so you apply the medication regime, and sure enough things begin to improve. They continue to improve right up to the point where you are no longer aware of the symptoms that drove you to her in the first place. So it is with your skiing skill. 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
Just like everything else in life skiing opens up endless opportunities for self-denigration, and disappointment with oneself. So we need to take positive action to counter that. And it is not that difficult when you know how.
One of the best tools to use is effective goal-setting. Effective goal-setting is not as simple as you may think, but again, it is not especially difficult in principle. Getting it right will enhance your happiness, as well as furthering your progress. Continue reading
SKI SCHOOLS. WHY DON’T THEY WORK BETTER?
Perhaps because they look like this. OK for kids, just havin’ fun. Not much more.
“Change? Change? Who wants change, things are bad enough already !” So said Lord Salisbury.
The biggest change that comes about, and by a country mile the one that matters most, when skiers first come on one my courses, is the change in belief about what may be possible. What may be possible for them! Continue reading
Getting to know the shape of a ski learning curve is a powerful way to learning how to ski better, and become the skier you always wanted to be.
The general shape of any learning curve looks like this:
I was reminded recently of a ski learning danger that lurks amongst our strongest motivations. Continue reading
Every experiment is a good experiment. Except one. That is the one the outcome of which you do not ascertain. That experiment is useless.
An experiment cannot go “wrong”. You do an experiment and something will happen or become manifest. It doesn’t matter what happens. It could be in this direction, or that direction. It could be positive or negative. Black or white. Hotter or colder. Faster or slower. Every result is a worthwhile result.
Every experiment is a GOOD experiment. Except one!
It’s exactly the same with us and our skiing. Learning controlled skiing requires experimentation. What it illustrates is “The Kneed to Knowtice”. New words, invented by me – I figure if Dr. Johnson could do it, so can I ! Good, effective experimenting is a skill, and can lead to skilful skiing. Continue reading
Took me years to realise that you will never develop skilful controlled skiing – or anything else physical – by watching an expert do it, or looking at pictures. In fact the very worst thing you can do is watch an expert. It’s depressing, because you can’t see what they are really doing. That’s why on our skiing courses we spend a lot of time on the understandings.
Skilful skiing – not learnt by watching others.
If you could learn by watching I could play concert piano like Ashkenazy, and golf like Tiger Woods. Whereas in fact, I can play concert piano like Tiger Woods, and golf like Validimir Ashkenazy !
Anybody can become a skilful controlled skier. Anybody. It is nonsense to suppose that only “born athletes” (there is no such thing ) can do it. The potential to become a first rate skier does not suddenly atrophy when you get to forty. Neither is it closed off to you if you are born female. Anybody can do it and it is never too late. What you need is a better style of teaching and learning than most people get access to. Usually something with a bit less “gung-ho”. Continue reading