THE SKIING - ON SNOW.
Learning groups, unless by agreement with the group, are
never more than six people. This means that I should have
the time and concentration free to treat you as an individual
and work with you as such.
Our ski learning will be done on gentle
slopes, not on steep, highly variable, or otherwise difficult
skiing terrain. The reason for this is that in order for
us both to focus on one small incremental improvement at
a time, we need to create a skiing environment in which
we are not being distracted by any more apprehension, tension,
or other distractions than are unavoidable.
The objective of our play together is
to help you improve, not to just ski you about the mountain
ticking off pistes, or seeing how much adrenalin we can
create. However, we will use plenty of piste, and you will
get plenty of skiing.
It is good to remember this simple rule
- the best place to develop new skiing habits and behaviours
is on gentle, predictable slopes. The best place to learn
to ski well on Blues is on Greens; the best place to learn
to ski well on Reds is on Blues, and the best place to learn
to ski Blacks is on either Blues or (perhaps) Reds. After
all if you cannot do on a Blue, the things you'll need to
do on a Black, you shouldn't be on the Black!
After recapping what you know, we work from the known
to the unknown in small incremental steps.
At each stage we will be concerned first with planning
the step, then as much as possible imagining the step, then
some attempts at it, followed by brief discussion and feedback,
and further attempts until it is learned. Because the process
is gentle and incremental, you will be able to achieve
your goals, and these successes will build into further
Quite often you may find me not even skiing, but instead
carrying out my duty of watching you, so that any
feedback I share with you will be precise and meaningful.
This all sounds a little serious, but I assure you it is
even more fun than just "blasting about".
My starting (and indeed finishing) standpoint is :
E N J O Y M E N T * L E A R N I N G
In that order.
In the eveningsif it suits you, I will
offer the whole group an approximately one hour seminar
on a topic such as the mental game planning aspects of sport
psychology, NLP, or similar, or perhaps a discussion on
some physical aspect of skiing such as the basic physics
of it, and what we are trying to get our skis to do for