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My (new) friends and students - I hope that, if this is our first meeting you will return and I hope that we can meet in person on the slopes soon. Those that I have met and skied with, let's do it again soon. I welcome comments on the content here. This will assist in my keeping appropriate and current. It is, after all, a work in progress and I hope to incorporate the constructive ideas of my colleagues and students as their proficiencies develop.
My intention here is to offer humor, tips, exercises, humor, information, guidance, humorâ€¦ did I say humor? One learns best when one is comfortable. Humor is a great methodology to get you out of your head and into the moment. To relax and inform. My information, as all the information you will garner in the sites of my colleagues, both known to me and those I have yet to meet, is not new or different. It is a matter of perspective and packaging. Just likeâ€¦ â€śthey donâ€™t make movies or write songs like they used toâ€ť (who are they, anyway?). How many themes in modern folk lore are about everything old becomes new again.
When teaching children I say the same things often and when repeating, I do so using different words. Children – in fact all humans – suffer from selective hearing. For children it may be due to limited vocabulary; whereas for adults – selective hearing in combination with anxiety. So, the advantages to my teaching style? Educators agree that repetition is one of the most elementary learning styles. If you do not understand one set of words or are stuck in your perception, different ways of describing a move, a body architecture or a choreography may breakthrough and cause you to perform differently – and hopefully appropriately. But, at the very least, it expands your vocabulary. Ha! – and you thought all you did with me was to learn to slide on a mountain – HA!
Some of the sections listed in the menu will direct you to exercises appropriate to level. Age is not a consideration. Nor is shape. As one gets motivated one will reach the plateau that they unconsciously set themselves up to attain. I have met many folks in all walks and stages of life that run the gamut of satisfied withâ€¦ whatever, or questioning why not meâ€¦ and every emotion in between. Be very clear that however you perceive your progress, and hopefully it is with a cup half full intention, you are in control. Every time a student says â€śI CANâ€™Tâ€ť the teacher will hear â€śI WONâ€™Tâ€ť.
Take what I offer, compare the notes with others and do not set limits. Instead, with open mind and intention of experiencing new thrills, have fun. Most importantly - HAVE FUN. BTW (1) - Fear, also, is not an issue. I will discuss this further in another section. BTW (2) - I present these as life lessons. Although the medium for me is skiing, the philosophy holds true for all endeavors in life.
One last thought - Once you arrive at the ski resort of your choice, presumably you will have paid a lot of money for your choice to learn and play. Take the ski lessons seriouslyâ€¦ but not too!
SO - Turn the cell phone off, close the office door behind you, DONâ€™T LOOK BACK and come to G-Dâ€™s playground in the Rockies... or the Adirondacks or the Alps orâ€¦
Click on any of the descriptions above for expanded information. Again this is a work in progress, so please stay in touch. I hope this to be interactive. If my descriptions are not understandable, I need to know this for re-write. If they are wonderful - I would love to know that as well. Join the blog and maybe we can all charter a 777 - first class of course!, for a class(es) reunion in Val d'Isere in a few years. This is not MY SITE. This is OUR SITE!
The lawyers speak: Our world - the mountains, the wind and weather, the physical environment, where you will be enjoying all that I offer, is dangerous and often unpredictable. I submit to you this information and these exercises as guides with which your play will result in immense exhilaration and gratification. This information is accurate, up to date and, all things considered safe. While we at ziggyskier.com wish you exceptional experiences, each more exciting and gratifying than the last, we take no responsibility for injuries or damage that may occur as a result of following these exercises &/or suggestions.
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