Old 30-05-07, 12:33 AM   #1
 
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Hi. I am a new lady member

Hello everyone,

I am a novice skiier and new to the forum. I have done mainly local skiing, but have been to a few mountains with 4 mile runs in the Western U.S. I would love to improve my skills and learn more about the sport. I guess you could say I'm hooked!

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Old 31-05-07, 04:46 PM   #2
 
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Jakie,

Welcome to Talk Ski. It's great to hear that you're hooked on skiing as most of the members (including myself) are as well. I try to go skiing at least once a year and absolutely love it! I mainly ski in Europe in the winter but would love to go skiing in the U.S. sometime!
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Old 31-05-07, 07:53 PM   #3
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Hi Jackie! Welcome aboard. I'm hooked as well.

Now that the temps are into the 80's and 90's here, I find myself looking up the mountain towards the ski hill and longing for snow. I imagine myself flying down my favorite run with the speed and agility of a pro, carving my turns and inspiring awe in all those fortunate enough to witness the spectacle...

...Then I snap out of it and empty the grass catcher so I can finish up mowing the lawn.

Such is life. December is only 6 months away...
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Old 31-05-07, 11:28 PM   #4
 
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Hi Jackie! Welcome aboard. I'm hooked as well.

Now that the temps are into the 80's and 90's here, I find myself looking up the mountain towards the ski hill and longing for snow. I imagine myself flying down my favorite run with the speed and agility of a pro, carving my turns and inspiring awe in all those fortunate enough to witness the spectacle...

...Then I snap out of it and empty the grass catcher so I can finish up mowing the lawn.

Such is life. December is only 6 months away...
I think that's one of the little benefits of not living beside a ski resort, everytime you look at the mountain you don't want to go skiing!
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Old 01-06-07, 10:34 AM   #5
 
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Thanks for the warm welcome! I love summer, but find myself thinking about skiing all the time. My problem is that I need to gain more experience and confidence by getting myself out on the local hills more, but REAL skiing is up in the mountains! Don't get me wrong, I can have fun at Ski Brule, Granite Peak, or Devil's Head, and even Alpine Valley for desperation skiing, but there is nothing like a long mountain run with all of it's beauty and splendor.......
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Old 17-10-07, 10:22 AM   #7
 
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Getting Closer to the Season

Now that we're getting closer to the winter here in the Midwest part of the U.S., I am getting excited! I wish that I lived near a mountain, also! I need to take a plane trip to experience mountain skiing. We have a few good runs in the UP of Michigan, but it's still NOTHING like skiing out West. The hubby and I were planning a trip to Whistler this winter, but plans were squashed. Therefore, one more year trying out various slopes in Northern Wisconsin and the UP of Michigan.

The only bad part is the only place to get regular practice near my home has a 1/2 mile run. Not much I know and I spend most of the time on the ski lift, but at least I can brush up my skills. I really need to learn to side slip as I am still not in complete control. Once I master this, I feel I can tackle the blue mountain runs or the black local runs.

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Old 17-10-07, 04:30 PM   #8
 
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Now that we're getting closer to the winter here in the Midwest part of the U.S., I am getting excited! I wish that I lived near a mountain, also! I need to take a plane trip to experience mountain skiing. We have a few good runs in the UP of Michigan, but it's still NOTHING like skiing out West. The hubby and I were planning a trip to Whistler this winter, but plans were squashed. Therefore, one more year trying out various slopes in Northern Wisconsin and the UP of Michigan.

The only bad part is the only place to get regular practice near my home has a 1/2 mile run. Not much I know and I spend most of the time on the ski lift, but at least I can brush up my skills. I really need to learn to side slip as I am still not in complete control. Once I master this, I feel I can tackle the blue mountain runs or the black local runs.

Take care,

Jackie
I know how you feel, I live in Ireland and the nearest skiing in a plane trip away at least! Still tying to get a holiday booked for this year as well! It's good that at least you have a small run near your home, i'm sure that's good for practice!
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At least you guys live in countries where you have skiing nearby... I live out in SE Asia where we have to fly at least half a day to see any snow! Just came back from a ski holiday and missing it already!!! So where did everyone go for skiing this year? We went to Vail it was so awesome. For our next holiday next year however we were thinking of trying somewhere different. Anyone know any good places that are as nice as Vail (which is really very magical)?? thaks!!
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Old 08-02-08, 11:07 AM   #11
 
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Welcome "Extreme Me"!!! Since my last post, I have skiied ALOT! Took a nasty spill last week and hit my head, but nothing too terrible. I was trying to ski a black diamond run with bumps at twilight in awful and varied conditions. I know.....not so smart ^o)

The good news is that I have progressed tremendously to a solid level 7 or 8. I am carving short turns now and skiing much more aggressively. I now find myself wanting to be challenged as opposed to finding success in "making it down the mountain in one piece". I need to become much more "rhythmic" in my descent, though.

One thing I always do wherever I'm skiing. If skiing locally, I always ski the blue runs first to make sure my equipment is set right, etc. If I am in the mountains, I ski the green trail first to accomplish the same thing. It also helps to work on technique, etc., especially if I haven't skiied in awhile.

The only other advice I can give is NOT to let yourself ski out of control. Learn how to turn early and carve HARD and lean into the mountain. Be confident and aggressive. When I find myself starting to ski out of control, I sit down now. It's a much more controlled landing this way.

I guess I haven't fallen too many times, but as I progress, the falls increase with the difficulty level and they get more interesting. My last fall was stupid on my part because I first allowed myself to pick up too much speed and get out of control (not practicing what I preach here). Then, I fell forward and went end over end! As I am 45 years old, people on the chair lifts and others coming down the hill stopped to ask me if I was o.k. I had my "bell rung" a bit, but I was fine. I have also learned that it's more difficult to recover your things and get your skis back on when skiiing on a black diamond run. My ski popped off and was 15 yards up the hill. My husband was behind me and was kind enough to recover it for me.

The toughest thing to navigate is multiple conditions. This is what I was facing the day I took my colorful spill. The hill had about 8 inches of wet snow (not slush, just wet). This was combined with numerous spots of VERY hard, sheer, ice. Add the continual bumps and now you have a very shaky foundation to navigate. Like I said, worse that I tried to do this during twilight when the lighting is poor (before they turned the "night ski" lighting on).

All in all, becoming more addicted every day. Everytime it snows, I find myself wanting to get up to the hill!
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