So you’ve had some ski lessons, you can turn left, right & stop and you can ride the lifts ok so what else is there to learn?
Many clients finish ski school at this point thinking they are ready to make the most of their ski week and head off for adventures with the gang! But oh dear, the weather (& snow conditions) suddenly change, your confidence and self esteem are in tatters attempting that red run with your (former) best friend and every photo opportunity you’re stuck in that ungainly snowplough!!
Being over-challenged by the conditions can produce apprehension and fear (go on, admit it!). This in turn will result in defensive ‘survival’ habits which, like most bad habits, easily become entrenched.
Here’s a quote from ‘Bounce’ by Matthew Syed:
‘World-class performance comes by striving for a target just out of reach, but with a vivid awareness of how the gap might be breached. Over time and with deep concentration the gap will disappear, only for a new target to be created, just out of reach once again.’
A good instructor would recommend lots of easy mileage, skiing slopes which will offer just enough challenge to hone your skills and stretch your capabilities without – erm- making them go ping! Tackle one challenge at a time: a steep run or an icy one but not a steep icy one. Invaluable local knowledge ensures our instructor knows just which run to choose. And an expert eye will quickly pinpoint the one change that will improve your performance the most.
We don’t all want to be ‘World Class’ but we all aspire to be the best we can don’t we? So book a lesson and let us show you how!