Skiing is an exhilarating experience that if you once master, you never want to stop. The adrenaline rush from both the speed and pull of gravity as you slide through the snow is out of this world. The right trainer and the right skiing track are also imperative for your skiing. Check out the Madarao resort in Japan that offers the best when it comes to skiing. If you start right as a beginner, and if you master the right tricks, skiing could be added to your list of hobbies. That being said, let us delve right into some of the top tips for taking your skiing to the next level.
To move to the next step, you need to master the basics. Some of the most important basic tips for skiing are:
- Clothing: Have your gloves, skiing socks, and water proof jacket and trousers. In short, keep warm.
- Equipment: have with yourself well-fitting ski boots, ski boards, and ski poles. I cannot overemphasize the importance of wearing a helmet, no matter how fast you’re learning.
- Practice with patience- when you fall, and you will fall, get up and keep at it.
- Get help from the right qualified people. Avoid friends and spouses, as you might all get worked up when things do not work out as you expect.
See more on what to expect as a beginner.
Advancing to the intermediate level
Adopting the right position/posture not only helps you ski with utmost ease but also puts you at less risk of injuring yourself.
Tips for maintaining the proper stance include:
- Keeping all joints, especially the knees bent at the correct angle, to improve balance and control.
- Keep your eyes trained ahead, to get a view of what’s ahead, and to prepare for it.
- Avoid leaning backward for balance, otherwise known as back seating. A useful tip to avoid back seating is using your shins to apply pressure on your ski boots so that they bend at the ankles. You must, however, be careful not to bend forward too much as you don’t want to be falling over on your face.
- Strive to keep your body weight directly over the skis’ narrowest points, also known as the ‘sweet spot.’
Speeding downhill can be breathtaking up until you realize that you’re losing control of speed. Lack of control leads to panic which is equal to disaster. Here are a few techniques for speed control:
- Skidding: Skidding involves breaking the top layer of the snow with the ski boards, hence slowing you down.
- Turn shape: Turn shape is a smoother technique, whereby you get to turn your skis into clean arcs, which flattens the snow underneath, making you slow down.
- Checking: Checking is more useful when you need to stop instantaneously. It involves briefly setting your edge to a stop.
The easiest method is whereby you use your feet and shoulders to turn. To turn right, you drop your left shoulder towards your left ski and turn your feet to the right. To turn left, you drop your right shoulder towards your right ski and turn your feet to the left. This is best done when your feet are at the plough or V position. A useful tip is keeping your head, torso, and hips facing in the direction you want to turn. Your legs and skis will automatically turn to face the intended direction.
Parallel skiing is a graceful skiing technique that involves keeping your skis parallel to each other at all times. This is unlike the snow plough position where your skis are positioned in a V shape. The key tip for parallel skiing is keeping your weight on the outer ski when turning. When you master turning, you can then move on to edging where you move your weight to the inside of each ski, creating perfect, effortless turns.
Moguls are bumps/ lumps of snow that have been created by other skiers as they turn, pushing the snow aside. Skiing moguls can be tricky and require right instruction and practice.
Mogul skiing requires keen and fast calculations. It includes knowing how to control speed, knowing when to break, calculating the space needed to turn and break comfortably, and being able to select the best route for skiing moguls.
Just like any other thing in life, moving to the next level requires practice, practice and more practice.