VAIL — Margaret McIntyre has been helping people become better skiers for years, and the longtime ski instructor will be bringing her special form of training back to Vail and Beaver Creek this coming winter.
Her program, Dynamic Skiing, features on-snow instruction as well as a mind-body system that aims to directly enhance ski performance and confidence. McIntyre teaches the Feldenkrais Method, a simple form of sensory motor learning. Through indoor exercises, the method uses awareness to stimulate the sensory system in the brain with new information, and new actions are created. As participants understand their own pattern movements and unlearn debilitating habits in the way they move and ski, new and more efficient patterns emerge. Then, participants take their newfound learning onto the slopes with a group of hand-picked instructors.
“Learn to move like a pro indoors and then take these moves to the slopes and surprise yourself,” McIntyre said. “You’ll find the new awareness will make skiing easier and fun, plus you’ll feel more balanced and less fatigued.”
She points out that the method and its benefits not only apply to skiing but help your movement overall. Two group programs geared toward intermediate to advanced skiers will be offered this winter. The first is Dec. 14-18 in Vail based out of the Antlers in Lionshead for men and women. The second offers a women’s only “boutique” program in Beaver Creek based out of Saddleridge from Jan. 12-15. The women’s program guarantees small numbers and even more personalized attention.