I skied with the PH ( the Pinna Hubby) tele style for a few hours
yesterday; a lesson of
sorts was what we had discussed. In my several years of hobby tele-ing, I
have NEVER skied with him; not avoidance, but just not necessary or he has
been on duty or whatever.
We worked together very well, which was a real surprise, as most of the time
we speak very different languages when it come to teaching and learning
In retrospect, I think what made it work was number of things. One, I have
been "playing"on my own for a bit, so have a relative clue about what I am
doing; not expecting him to show me *everything* as a rank beginner. Two,
and this is the biggie I think, is that I have enough clinicing experience
and knowledge of the theory *behind* the teaching ( five years of clinicing
my way up to advanced alpine skiing) to either understand the nuance of
what he is trying to explain to me, or to ask the right questions. I think
this is really important one; this enabled us to speak the same language.
When you are a total beginner, as is the typical scenario when one half
takes the other half skiing, you are so busy trying to stay upright and not
completely freak, things like " you need to pressure your back ski a little
more" make zero sense: you just want to get down the hill. For me, though ,
my grasp of the whole situation made it rather pleasant. I was seeking some
input, and he provided it for me, in his usual form (technical detail) but I
could understand it. For example, he suggested that I was transitioning my
fore/back skis too soon, I should wait until I was crossing the fall line.
So I drew a little diagram on the snow with my pole to regurgitate the info,
and changed my timing. We talked about timing pole plants a little, and I
had one really weak turn: as soon as I quit looking at my tips on that side
it improved radically. ;-)
He left me to my druthers after a bit and went to go trash around in the
trees with one of the kids. All in all, it worked great....I dropped the
big hint for tele skis for my fall birthday, as I am on borrowed skis right
now. My alpine/pitbull mount turned into an even bigger fiasco that would
have required more money than I was willing to invest in my $10 skis and
free( but new) bindings.
but guys, don't try this at home. I am a special case!!