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Is skiing like riding a bike?

Discussion in 'Falls Creek' started by Latecomer, Jul 3, 2007.

  1. Latecomer

    Latecomer First Runs

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    I was enlightened to the joys of skiing 2 years ago at the age of 48. Plowed for a day and a half, then suddenly got the hang of it and was going down blue runs without crashing too often by the third day. Did not ski last year because of crap season. My question is, is this like riding a bike? Once you learn how to do it, you don't forget? Will I pick it up again reasonably quick? I suppose the real answer is - have to wait and see.
     
  2. D-eye

    D-eye Photographer and skier Moderator

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    yes it's like riding a bike. I had four years between my first and second time of skiing and another 4 years between the 2nd and 3rd.

    By the end of the first day it tends to come back to you.
     
  3. Zeroz

    Zeroz A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Yes, it's exactly like riding a bike!
    As long as the pedals are 1.5m long, you're on an icy track, dodging obstacles and bumps, and it's -2C and snowing. And you're are paying $90 a day to get up the hill.

    Even if you have good muscle memory it will take you at least a day to de-dork.
     
  4. Insaneogram

    Insaneogram First Runs

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    I can only go for a week a year. Day 1 is normally my gumby day, day 2 is by best day, and days 3 - 7 I'm so buggered from skiing all day and drinking all night I crash and burn
     
  5. Latecomer

    Latecomer First Runs

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    Thanks for your replies. It gives me hope.
     
  6. Fangin'Wolvy

    Fangin'Wolvy First Runs

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  7. currawong

    currawong Old but not so Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    just take it gently to start off with and you'll get back to where you were in a few days. Lessons help too. Your situation is one that encourages bad habits. Lessons help stop you ingraining them.
     
  8. Stratus

    Stratus A Local

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    A lesson even for one day really helped me get it all back together after 2 years of non skiing!
     
  9. Apresski

    Apresski Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    At least it doesn't hurt half as much falling on snow as falling onto a road! Seriously take it gently for a while and TAKE A LESSON. I took skiing up later in life and between pregnancies and taking care of children I had a very disrupted start to skiing, but I swear by lessons.
     
  10. Andrew N

    Andrew N First Runs

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    yep definitely take a lesson - you will pick it up again without bad habits SIGNIFICANTLY faster than any other method.
     
  11. BilbyBill

    BilbyBill One of Us

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    Take lessons. Learning a good habits is easier and quicker than un-learning bad ones.
     
  12. ausi ski bum

    ausi ski bum A Local

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    Lessons are fun, its great to ski with people of your own level and you progress so much faster and safer.
     
  13. Yardsale

    Yardsale Part of the Furniture Moderator

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    I had to laugh at this. When I used to race pushies on the weekend, I spent my final racing weekend out near ballart, it was sleeting, I was freezing, people were falling all over the place, I got 2 flats on top notch race tyres on a $2500 bike, one from hitting a pot hole at 40kph.

    On the Sunday night I met Dark One, Flying Dutchman and Slushie, and have been skiing or boarding every winter weekend since.

    Latecomer, I predict you will do 3 turns, the third of which will land you on your butt. After you have got that inital stack out of your system you will be right as rain. Happens to me every year [​IMG]
     
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