I love skiing but I'm not very good at it

Discussion in 'Snow Talk' started by Annabuzzy, Jul 28, 2017.

  1. GS

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    It's not falling over, it's snow grooming.
     
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    You've come a long way in one or two years!

    ;)
     
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    Tell the big fat bastard that no one can do more than one turn at a time.
     
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    This is a great thread. Hearing from the gurus gives the mortals some hope.
    I'm definitely in the average category. Rate myself as a solid intermediate. My best days are when I go skiing with mates who are worse then me, they make me look awesome ;)
    I started in the 88, one lesson, then onto the gunbarrel quad. I got back down but it was rough. I sort of improved but looking back I was a young bloke that had little fear, who bounced rather than breaking bones to get up and do it again.
    Then I had very long time away from the snow, 96-14. Life in the ADF and not getting leave when it snowed. Oh well.
    Then on return (and with age) I realised I had poor technique and old equipment. With new gear, great advice from dawooduck (skis), normo (boot fiiting, runs @perisher) and carveman (skis and helmet) and lessons, Im way ahead of that kid in the 80s and substantially safer.
    I now take small steps in improvement with realistic goals each season. Last year it was smooth non stop runs on edge, on side saddle at Blue Cow. Tick.
    This year the target is the same on Zalis, Excelerator, Towers. Realistically I'm unlikely to get to experience Nth hem season but that's ok, I'm perfectly happy on our snow.

    But the best part by far is simply being in the Snowies and having your kid say "I love this place and I love that feeling of sliding on the snow". That'll do me.
     
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    coz he works out at the gym, he actually looks pretty good, he just has incredibly low body fat, and a horrible tiny waist (I hate him!)
     
  6. person s

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    first experience when I was 14
    I was 46 when I started serious skiing
     
  7. Kletterer

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    For me 2 things were integral. To be shown by experts and a strong desire to do what i was shown. Body awareness goes hand in hand with good training.
     
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    As soon as you start thinking you're an expert, you've lost IMO.
     
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    My plan is to be the best skier in the world, ever.

    I may have started my run a bit late, I still have a small way to go.

    So long as you are having fun, and they dont have to call dachoppa, you are doing it right. IMO the more you learn, the funnererra it is. Like your personality, it is a state of constant improvement, one hopes.
     
  10. MickM

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    oh, and the jump from intermediate for me was learning early weight shift, which is a simple/subtle lifting of the heel of the weighted outside ski.
     
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    One does hope!
     
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    Im still hoping to become rich, better looking, with a great personality!
     
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    Yeah.......... Like Thredbo really needs more of those.
     
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    If you get rich your looks and personality will automatically improve in the eyes of *some* people
     
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    Scary, that!

    So glad PB and I were both broke, from broke families, when we met and fell in love.

    I would rather date a snow blader than a shallow cash grabber.
     
  17. Lifes2good

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    I agree with whoever it was that said it starts with confidence/overcoming fear and progresses through learning and then fitness. As we get older we are finding fitness is much more important.
     
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    Ah well, 1 out of three ain't bad!
    (Assuming there is at least a chance of becoming rich)
     
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    He could always buy a Harley.
     
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    I actually really enjoy the training. Three things I've been playing with in my Telemarking came together this season and allowed me the possibility to discover a new thing to play with. My time in fixed heels would be hell if it weren't for training for the certification goals.
     
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    ROFL Long term plans eh? My mogul skier might be around for some of next season. He is always looking for someone to ski the bumps with.
     
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  22. tr+h

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    I was about 65kg when I married Mrs TR+H and 184cm. Within 3 years I was 75 kg. Now I battle to stay under 83kg and over 182cm. She's sucked the life out of me ;0
     
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    Yeah I like it too.
    But specific training for a specific long term goal very often contains some drudgery, and much repetition.
    It's hard to want to spend four days doing drills on a specific portion of a specific turn, if you get six days a year on snow.
    Despite how good that might be for your skiing.
     
  24. Whiteman

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    ^^^ This.
    Being 60+ now, I find that being and staying fit improves my ability to overcome my poor technique. If you're not fit, you get lazy with the technical stuff.
     
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    Not the calories though. You should be happy about the other bit all the same.:thumbs:
     
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    I was running back up the hill this morning back to towards home and some dick was on his way down to Hastings St in his Blue Ferrari .......... who orders a Blue Ferrari? Somebody who ski's under lifts to be seen, but thinks they are better or different?
     
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    But it's still a Ferrari. o_O
     
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    orrrr, she got you pregnant?
     
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    Someone who already has a red one.
     
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  30. tr+h

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    and a yellow one!
     
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    Yep, we rented one in Germany (about 10 yrs ago) and drove it to Amsterdam and back in a day.
    Red was more expensive!! LOL
     
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    Good friend of mine is pretty keen on skiing under lifts to be seen. He is worth seeing - beautiful style.
    No ferrari but ducati
     
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    Hi Annabusy (sorry, my keyboard won't print the last letter of the alphabet) I have finally learned to ski properly and I found it useful to keep my feet shoulder width apart, hands forward at all times and to stand tall in between turns. Plantin your poles will assist with your weight transfer. Futhermore one hundred percent committment is required! Skiing is an act of faith! The standing tall inbetween turns is similar to jumping in that there is a lifting and consequently weightless motion into the next turn. I was in the (fear based) habit of sitting back and using my shoulders to push the rear end of the skis, in order to turn, which was OK on icy groomed slopes, but on fresh, heavy falls it put a lot of strain on my thighs. Allowing oneself to literally fall, while leaning forward, has resulted in me having a far more exhillerating and effortless experience. Confidence is paramount and I unfortunately sprained my wrist, as I averted crashing into rocks, at Mount Field last Thursday! I hope my counsel helps.
     
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    :) I'm pretty sure Buzzy goes ok :thumbs:
     
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    I met a fellow Alpine Touring Skier at Mount Field, in Tasmania and am interested in meeting other A.T. skiers (as well as Stuart, if your reading this, please get in touch). It was so beautiful at Mount Field last Thursday, the 27th of July 2017. There was fresh snow on top of a descent base, the sun was bursting through the clouds and the wind was tolerable, visibility was good and when I sat behind a rock, to take my skins off and eat something, I was completely comfortable. After leaving my ski-gloves on the roof of the car, I tried out my down mittens, which were great!
     
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    Welcome aboard Luke. Hope you enjoy the company here :)
     
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    I may have to quit ...
     
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    Noisy bugger is he ?
     
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    I'm so rubbish at every other sport that being an 'average' skier for me feels like a huge achievement :D

    It's taken a while, but I'm finally feeling competent and not meaning to brag (but sort of bragging) I managed to ski a number of black runs in St Anton on my last trip. This was greatly assisted by investing in a private lesson.

    Biggest problem for me is not getting to ski often enough. It's the worst thing about living in Adelaide LOL
     
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    I like skiing, I am not very good either.

    When a child my family would do annual trips to the snow, I also use to speed skate so skiing wasn't too hard for me. Now as an adult in my 40s I only got back into it. Luckily my fitness was ok and I still had some ability to ski. I sign up for a few lessons each season to help. I have also had good improvement this season as I have been able to do a lot of trips down and getting a fair bit of on snow time
     
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    Rude buggers!
     
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    If you think that's the worst thing, you need to get out more!
     
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    You've met him a couple of times :)
     
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    LESSONS
    (from appropriately qualified/skilled individuals that match you well)
    - the answer to much of the equation in front of:
    ( = ski good).
     
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    Plus fitness. :thumbs:
     
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    Yes. Definitely.
     
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    Plus Booze :D
     
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