Ski Season is Almost Over… Crap!

There are only 3 more weekends left to ski at Cascade Mountain. Where has the time gone? It looks like I’ll ski 5 times in the next 7 days, so I’m trying to get in as much as I can.

I’ve had a few "ah-ha!" moments this year. This may not mean much to anyone else, but here they are:

  1. I saw Jamie skiing down a steeper run (black diamond) and he had his hands out wider. I tried it and I became more stable. This makes sense since when you see figure skaters put their arms in, they go faster and out, they go slower.
  2. At the beginning of the season, I was still having trouble staying forward and keeping shin and boot contact – probably because I was still getting rid of old habits and getting used to new boots. So as I would go down runs, I’d lift my toes up in my boots and that would get me more forward and stay there. Now, I don’t need to do that anymore. I just stay forward and am more in control.
  3. A few weeks ago, another instructor, Stacey, was doing a clinic on our clinic night in preparation for his level 3 eaxm and he gave me a tip, which I’ve heard before but when he said it that time, the light went on. He said that I need to complete my turns. To me, that meant doing the counting thing more and getting more to neutral when linking turns. Since then, my turning has improved.
  4. Last week, in a clinic on Friday night, Erika gave me some tips to help me get my feet farther out from under me when doing turns. Arnie also said that I need to tip my skis more and they will hold. All of this really helped my turns as well. I’m glad I took that quick clinic.

So going to these clinics has really helped me this year. I’m not super athletic but I know that if I work on something hard enough, I can get it. So it’s been a great year skiing (so far). I’ll go for my level 2 certification next year or at least do the prep course. At all the clinics we’ve been having, we’ve been doing level 3 stuff – some of it I can do, some I can’t but it’s good to start learning it. 

If you haven’t been out skiing yet this year and were planning to, go now!! :-)