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Learning How to Ski

If you have never been in a pair of skis and stood on snow then you have a great deal to learn. There is only one proper way to learn how to ski and that is by taking lessons from a professional. You may have friends who are excellent skiers and to save money just learning the basics like standing up, perhaps your friends could show you. The purpose of this blog is to outline a program that you could give to your friends as a sort of training schedule. Before we start, the assumption is that you have been properly kitted out with all the required equipment, that is boots, skis etc.

Finding Balance

Firstly, you have to be able to stand up on the snow, with your boots on stand so you can feel the pressure of the lower part of the boot feels the same on the shin and calf. Your weight should be placed evenly on the heel and arch of your foot. Now try to walk sliding one ski in front then the other.

A Straight Run

Once you are confident you have got your balance, go up one or two feet on a gentle slope. Come to the top with your shoulders and hands facing down the slope, whilst the skis are sideways. Using small baby steps turn your skis to face the slope also, putting all your weight on the poles. Now stand with parallel skis, knees bent and lean slightly forward, now lift your poles and let yourself slide down the small slope and ski till you come to a stop.

Slowing Down

So far you have let gravity slow you down, and now you need to learn how to do it yourself. The normal way of doing this is by using a gliding wedge. The snow plough is sometimes better known as the gliding wedge and is a sort of Pizza V shaped position that is made with your skis by sliding both tails apart, keeping the tips together. This V shape causes friction on the snow and thus resistance and results in slowing you down. If you want to pick up speed again then bring your skis straighter and you will gain momentum.

Wedge Turn

The final basic you need before attending ski school is a Wedge Turn that takes you to a stop. If you suddenly face a long slope that is steeper than you expected, you can take some speed out by zig zagging across the hill. But doing this you will need to be able to turn, you can do this by applying the snow plough, but apply slightly more pressure on the left ski, you will notice that you are gradually turning right. Obviously to turn left you apply pressure on the right ski.

If you want to stop just continue the pressure and you will come to a stop facing sideways. This is the preferred way to come to a halt as you are now not facing down the hill anymore and you are standing with your skis at a 90-degree angle to the slope. Of course, all these exercises should be carried out on nursery slopes, and having mastered them you can be more confident in your lessons.