How To Get Immediate Improvement In Your Skiing
Many skiers struggle to improve their skiing no matter how many lessons they take, but with these 5 simple non-technical tips it can be easier to improve than you ever thought possible with results that are immediate and profound. Don’t believe me? It’s true. Check out what one customer said.
Photo, Phil Smith with Snoworks guests, Tignes 2015.
TIP NUMBER 1 – ‘YOU ARE WHO YOU ARE’
Accept how you ski. It’s you, this is where you are, this is how you ski. Don’t compare, get disappointed, frustrated, annoyed, angry. Be happy with how you ski and the level you ski at. It’s great to have goals but don’t let goals hold you back or cause you to get frustrated.
TIP NUMBER 2 – ‘SAY NO TO PERFECTION’
There are no judges, people giving marks, holding up a scorecard. If there are, ignore them, let them go. They will put pressure on you and with that pressure you won’t improve. Be proud of how you ski, ignore all naysayers. Say no to perfection, this only holds you back. Say yes to being a non-perfectionist, embrace your imperfections.
TIP NO 3 – ‘MAKE MISTAKES – LOTS OF THEM’
Every time you feel off balance, sit back, accelerate, wobble, it’s all part of learning. Without mistakes there is no learning.
TIP NO 4 – ‘SKI IN THE NOW’
Focus on what’s happening to you now. Not what is going to happen or what has happened but what is happening. Focus on the now, be aware of the future and let go of the past.
TIP NO 5 – ‘CONNECT WITH THE MOUNTAIN’
Concentrate on your skis and their connection with the snow and the mountain. Only then will you learn to make the adjustments needed to control your descent. Move your focus away from your upper body, arms, hips or shoulders and get your focus right down to your connection point with the mountain, the skis and the snow.
This is how children learn and the reasons why they learn so quickly. Do these 5 things and your improvement will be profound and immediate.
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Phil Smith is founder of Snoworks All-Mountain Ski Courses. Snoworks runs Ski Courses throughout the year where you can embrace these tips along with much more to become a competent all-mountain skier learning to cope with everything the mountain throws your way. www.snoworks.com