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The Neutral Zone -- Open Discussion on anything / Re: The Child in Me
« Last post by LivingProof on October 23, 2013, 05:02:26 pm »
From my days on the slope with Gary, he exemplifies smiling and having fun. He goes out of his way to assure all skiing with him have a similar experience, with, the possible exception of being a little anal about being on the first chair on a powder day. :D No friends on powder days!

There is much written on how individuals perceive activities, like skiing or golf, as "think" vs. "feel". Do you feel the snow, or, think about technique? I'm a techni-crat by nature, tending to think, read over-think, and, not enjoy the whole experience. I get wrapped up in technique when going down the hill, but, riding chairs is much more a "feel" experience as I can just sit back and soak up the views and personal interaction. Skiing with others is a very positive aspect of our sport. I doubt very much, that I would enjoy just skiing by myself, day in and day out. There is a lot to be said about reaching out to the non-normal side of experiencing a situation, ie think vs feel. I ski with many who never give technique a second thought, it's just fun for them. I need to experience the feel side of skiing more. Just let it go and enjoy. We should all do a little report on the feel/fun side of skiing sometime this season.

I've played golf many times with people who are having a very bad day. I'm not sure the same is true in skiing, it's much closer to the "playing" we all did as kids. We all play together on the slopes, then go back home, to reality, at the end of the day.

The Neutral Zone -- Open Discussion on anything / Re: The Child in Me
« Last post by Gary on October 23, 2013, 12:08:04 pm »
And there it is....the little worm is on the hook!

Oh you Evil Woman!

Nice to be back Lynn...hope you had a great summer!!!
Gear Garage / Re: Storing skis
« Last post by Gary on October 23, 2013, 11:48:25 am »
Guys, here's my favorite:

Power Grip storage rack....easy to use, solid contact...surfaces protected...

The Neutral Zone -- Open Discussion on anything / Re: The Child in Me
« Last post by midwif on October 23, 2013, 11:46:43 am »
Amen to that.

Let's try to remember this when the next discussion on technique starts up.

PMTS anyone? :P
The Neutral Zone -- Open Discussion on anything / The Child in Me
« Last post by Gary on October 23, 2013, 07:51:59 am »
I was speaking to a friend yesterday....a solid technical skier with great feet. A skier that like myself likes to analyze good skiers to see what makes them perform well and try to work that into our skiing.
What I realized  after speaking with my friend is how important it is to never ever take the pure joy out of skiing. Regardless of what someone says about technique or the right or wrong of doing....never lose that inner child that brings joy and a smile to the face when skiing.

I was with a great instructor one day and he told me, if your not smiling, your not relaxed and your definitely not enjoying. It's not to say we're not always trying to improve, but maybe just lighten up a bit and enjoy the moment. Start feeling the snow rather than always working the snow.

Maybe a good way to start the season is to find that smile when you get on snow...find that playful side of skiing that makes it fun....find the inner child the lurks in all of us!
Wahooooo!   :P

Hmmm....a maybe demo ...

Kastle FX84 and the FX94.....sweet rides that have it all! should demo the Rev 105...the ski is a blast!

Howdy all....been a great summer with travel and golf....oh too!  :-\

Regarding the video...very very talented his pole plants, solid foot work keeping that uphill ski and boot under his hip, both feet working together...his speed management is above my pay grade but I like how he get's his tips pointed back up hill to scrub speed...

he also creates some great lines with his body...upper lower body separation.  :o

Cold weather here in the Northeast making we drool for snow flakes that will stay attached.

Best to all for a great season...let's get it on! I know Ron's already made turns at Steamboat on some brandy new MX83's...loving them!  :D

Gear Garage / Re: Storing skis
« Last post by Svend on October 22, 2013, 08:27:42 pm »
Hey Jim, just came across this post.  What with the spotty access to the forum of late, I haven't looked into all corners of our little space here for a while.

I have our skis stored horizontally on very simple homemade racks.  These consist of two sturdy shelf brackets screwed into the basement wall studs, with a rough spruce 1x2x18 wood piece screwed to the top of each (basically some clean scrap lumber I had lying around).  The brackets are spaced 32" apart (two stud widths), and the skis simply rest on top of the wood strips.  Having 8 pairs, I have a double-decker arrangement, and these are mounted just under the ceiling to get them up and out of the way.

Total cost was about $15 for four brackets, and not counting the scrap wood.

Each pair is clicked together, base-to-base, which means one ski is resting binding down and the other is binding up.  Not sure if over the course of 7 or 8 months of resting like that, the weight of the binding would affect the camber of either ski.  I suppose if I was really worried about the skis developing unequal camber, I could flip them over after a few months.  I haven't bothered with this, and have noticed no ill effects.  If we had fewer pairs and thus more room, I would lay each pair side by side binding down.

Hope this helps.  I can send pics if my description was a bit opaque.

Biking and other Non-Skiing Activities / Re: Bike Recommendation...for you
« Last post by Svend on October 21, 2013, 08:11:38 pm »
Oh man, now you're rekindling the Steel is Real sentiment that runs deep inside me.  I really miss the ride quality of a steel frame bike.  My next bike will more than likely be a steel frame 29er hardtail.  That's a few years off yet, as I'm having a blast this year on my Fisher and I'm not bored of it yet.  Now that I have the handling dialed, it's more enjoyable than ever.

I didn't realize Vassago was back in action.  I thought they had folded.  Did someone buy and resurrect them?  Great to hear, as they were nice bikes.

What I know about water skiing could fit on the head of a straight pin, but it looks to me like he is really late  "counter balancing".
That move where the "free" arm is swept back  comes later  and later in the turn until he finally loses balance.
Would be fun to see the water ski champs on the snow

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