Top Ski Tips – Part 3

Top Ski Tips – Part 3

At the conclusion of part two of top ski tips we touched on the importance of parallel skiing as you get more advanced. In fact, some of the beginner and intermediate techniques are not suitable for the more advanced skier on faster and steeper slopes.

Dynamic Parallel

As you progress to feel comfortable on your skis then the wider stance you first learned how to ski seems to be a little unmanageable on faster slopes. Your skis will naturally come together more in a sort of perfect parallel. Many people struggle with parallel skiing at first but here are some tips. You weight distribution is key so don’t sit back, you can’t turn or stop if you are sitting back. Keep adjusting your weight after each turn so you lead into the turn and the gradient, all your weight should be on the downhill ski. Believe it or not this is far easier and more stable than having both skis with weight on. You can practice doing this on gentle slopes and actually lift the other ski (the inside one) off the snow to reassure yourself it actually works. A method to see if you are sitting too far back is that when you are doing the above exercise the ski should be parallel to the snow, if the tip of the ski is higher than your balance is too far back.

Dynamic Parallel

Body Movement

Some skiers when attempting parallel skiing for the first time are too static, you need be dynamic and make things happen. Push up when you enter the turn and straighten your legs, as you come out of the bend then bend the legs. When you see the professional skiers study how they almost bob up and down using a combination of waist, knees and ankles. A good tip is as you are making longer turns extend more slowly and the reverse for tight turns. At no point should your lower body be static.

 

Skiing Over Bumps

As you progress in confidence and proficiency then you may start to think of more adventurous off-piste skiing. Mogul fields are always good fun as they look quite outlandish and something that should be in a sci-fi film. To tackle this sort of skiing takes a great deal of practice and many falls as you are learning, but once you have mastered this sort of skiing be warned it is addictive. Here are some tips to help you along the way, treat the bumps as your friends and embrace what they offer. Once you accept this you will use their attributes to actually help you. The individual bumps can aid you in slowing down, use the bumps to your own advantage. This type of skiing is not forgiving in any shape or form, if your technique is not right then you will fail. Avoid sitting back and always look to push your weight forward. A good exercise for mogul skiing is to take each individual bump as it comes and be stationery in between.

In part four of top skiing tips we continue to look at more advanced skiing and tackle powder skiing.

Skiing Over Bumps