SKIING - ON SNOW
Ski learning groups, unless by agreement with the group, are never more than six people.
There's nothing better than spending your holidays on the ski slopes learning what you love. Ski Holidays with Bobski are one of the most enjoyable holidays that my customers have had. That's because when we ski, we learn, have fun and make new friends. It all happens on the ski slopes themselves. To ensure that tuition is as good as it needs to be, I keep my groups small and informal, normally up to six skiers at a time.
You will learn to ski or improve your performance on gentle slopes, not on steep, highly variable, or otherwise difficult skiing terrain. The reason for this is that in order for us both to focus on one small incremental improvement at a time, we need to create a skiing environment in which we are not being distracted by any more apprehension, tension, or other distractions that are unavoidable.
The objective of our ski lessons together is to help you to improve your skiing and not to spend most of the time skiing around the mountain ticking off pistes and building adrenaline rushes. Our ski lessons focus on learning and improving your skillset whilst having fun. Between the more concentrated short ski lessons, there will be plenty of time for skiing for fun – and of course, you will have half a day each day to ski by yourself or with the team. You may choose to stay on the easier pistes and embed what you've already learned, or ski around the mountain on the more challenging pistes.
It's good to remember this simple rule - the best place to develop new skiing habits and behaviors is on gentle, predictable slopes. The best place to learn to ski well is on Blues is on Greens; the best place to learn to ski well on Reds is on Blues, and the best place to learn to ski Blacks is on either Blues or Reds. After all, if you cannot ski on a Blue, the things you'll need to do to ski on a Black, you perhaps wouldn't be able to do on the Black!
After recapping what you have learned and know, we will work from the known to the unknown in small incremental steps. At each stage we will be concerned first with planning the step, then imagining the step, to practice the steps, followed by brief discussion and feedback. Further attempts will be made until the steps have been learned. The process is gentle and incremental, and as such you will achieve your goals much more easily, and small successes will build into further successes until you have reached your goal.
Quite often I don't ski as I'll be tutoring and watching so that any feedback I share with you will be precise and meaningful. My teaching process succeeds partly because it focuses on your ski lessons, your ability to learn and your progress rather than watching me ski down long-drawn-out pistes whilst you watch and learn nothing. Skiing lessons should be about what you notice about your own skiing and the improvements you need to make.
If the above sounds all too serious for you, rest assured that it isn't. You will engage in more meaningful lessons than if you just "blasted about". Plus, knowing that your ski skills are improving and you are progressing toward real expertise is a truly satisfying and enhancing experience.
In quoting a female pupil from a year or two back :
"Too often I have come back from ski holidays disappointed and self-critical. Not the case this time because of you. I feel positive, motivated and that the possibilities are endless. Hope you realize the good you do".
My starting and endpoints are
* SAFETY *
* E N J O Y M E N T *
* L E A R N I N G *
In that order
In the evenings, I offer a one hour opportunity to present and discuss topics such as the mental game-planning aspects of sport psychology, NLP and the opportunity to engage in a discussion on some of the more physical aspects of skiing such as the basic physics of skiing, or for example why skis are designed the way they are and how they help us to ski more successfully.
For further information on ski lessons why not check out information on the courses I offer?