Proper skiing instruction is the key to mastering the most challenging slopes. The following information is intended to supplement and enforce the skills taught by a knowledgeable ski instructor. Beginners should first read the feature article “SkiEnthusiast’s Challenge”.
Safety First – Here are few brief tips to ensure your safety on the mountain:
- Wear a helmet … they really help prevent head injuries …
- Before proceeding down the mountain, look up the mountain for oncoming skiers and respect their right of way.
- Always stop in an area that oncoming skiers can see you, preferably off to the side of heavily skied areas.
- Always stay in control of your speed and respect designated slow skiing areas.
- Remove your pole straps before getting on to the lift.
- If you totally lose control, purposely fall (preferably to the side) to avoid leaving the trail and/or hitting a tree, lift tower or snow making equipment.
Stance – Stance is critical to becoming an expert skier. Let’s review the basic stance:
- Forward, Forward, Forward … The top reason skiers have difficulty with advanced terrain is that they have fallen back in their stance. Unfortunately, this is a natural reaction to fear. It is critical to stay forward when you are skiing at all times. So what does forward mean? In a proper stance your chest should be directly above your toes with a slight bend at the waist. This will adjust some when you’re skiing, but it is a good mind set.
- There should be a slight bend in your knees and your shins should apply a comfortable pressure to the front of the boot.
- Keep your poles out in front of you and to the side, with arms slightly bent and your elbows in line with the front of your chest and 7-8 inches from your sides.
- Keep your chin and eyes up and be ready to anticipate turn shapes.