Top Ski Tips – Part 4

Top Ski Tips – Part 4

Our concluding part of top ski tips focuses on the more advanced skiing, we have taken you through the basics from what kind of equipment you need, how to stand up on snow, stopping and turning, to parallel skiing and now it is time to spend time on Carving it Up and Powder Skiing.

Carving it Up

Carving it Up

If you like rising early and being the first skier on the piste, you are probably used to seeing pristine, virgin snow that is untouched. The first morning run can be a great way to start a day’s skiing and here are a few tips to get the most out of it. You must understand that the snow surface is very different to that of a slope that has been open for many hours. Your stance will have to be aggressive and get the edges of your skis firmly dug into the snow. If you do this properly you can look back at the snow and see your perfect turn carved out behind. To carve up a good turn, you need to get your legs apart, with your shoulders pointing the same way as your knees, this will bring the edges of your skis far more into play.

 

Powder Skiing

Powder Skiing

For some people, powder skiing is the ultimate, and the most exciting and enjoyable thing you can possibly do on a pair of skis. If you wander into powder unexpectedly it can be a nightmare as you sink into the deep snow. As with all skiing weight distribution is key, unlike downhill skiing you do not lean forward and if you lean too far back it will be impossible to turn. Try and be balanced with your weight central and evenly distributed over both of the skis. Powder offers more resistance and by putting all your weight on the downhill ski rather leaves the opportunity open for the other ski to get bogged down. Powder can be deep and the only way to defeat it is by being flexible and to extend your legs. For instance, when you come out of a turn, bend your knees and sink down to help you steer with both of the skis, when you approach the next turn extend your legs to embrace it.

Another thing you will notice with powder is that you will not travel as fast as on normal snow. So, you can afford to be a lot more aggressive with your line than you normally are. This technique makes you look very graceful on the slopes, you do not rush turns and almost seem to float although you are in much deeper snow. Our conquering of powder skiing concludes our top tips of how to ski. From the very moment you first entered the ski shop to get kitted out to gracefully descending off piste we have dispensed advice and tips to help you along the way. The only thing left to do is enjoy your time on the snow, there is nothing quite like skiing it is unique in so many ways. It engages you and challenges you but is very rewarding and extremely healthy.