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Learning to Ski with Boarding Experience

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Hey guys as I said in the title I'm starting to learn how to ski even though I enjoy snowboarding at a high level. I'm in Arizona at AZ Snowbowl, and the snow right now is not perfect, but I figured I'd like to learn something new, instead of being content on a board. I think that my boarding experience has helped me pick up skiing a lot quicker than most, but I think that at the same time it could hurt it. I was just wondering if you guys could help me with your experience and let me know some things to watch out for so that I can keep on advancing (not getting caught in a snowboard mindset, I guess). I've probably spent around a week on skis so far this season and feel comfortable on most everything on piste, except for maybe the iced out moguls. If you don't know the resort all the trails are mellow, the steepest they claim is 30 degrees, but it is awesome tree skiing on a good powder day. I don't know if this is enough information, and to be honest, what information I should give you guys to help me out, so let me know please. And thanks in advance for any insight.

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Welcome to Epicski! and skiing!


It sounds like you are already picking things up nicely.  Your snowboarding experience has already given you a big head start as you are comfortable sliding on snow, understanding how your edges work, riding the chair, etc, etc..   With this kind of head start you can focus on how to balance over your skis and the differences from snowboarding.


At this point in your skiing, if you can post a video of your skiing or share more specific details of an issues you may be having or areas you have questions about, perhaps we can help with more specific advice!


good luck!

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Agree with Bud and will add that taking a lesson or two may teach you some basics and help you from getting into bad habits.

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I'm a skier who has been focusing on snowboarding a bit this season.  My biggest issue is stance.  I want to ride the board facing forward.  As I'm correcting this, a lot of helpful movements are becoming more accessible for me.  For example spreading my knees apart and riding more sideways with increased knee flexion has made board twisting movements easier as I can now get the hips behind it.  It has also helped me to be more balanced on both feet or either foot so I can "poke" the board into the turn and control the "pivot" more.


It's cool because I'm finding myself able to rapidly change and improve my riding with coaching because I don't have ingrained movement patterns and muscle memory with boarding like I do with skiing.  It is much harder for me to change the way I'm skiing right now than the way I'm boarding.  It's funny because I'm training with some guys who are new board hires and I don't ride as well as they do, but am rapidly catching up and picking up the new tasks being presented "because" of my lack of experience.  I'm also better in the teaching segments than some because of teaching skiing full time even though the specific progressions are new to me, I've even made up a couple on the spot that the trainer had never seen.  Some were pretty good and all were deemed sufficient to pass the AASI level 1 standard.  I find it easy to focus on the similarities while recognizing the differences so I can break down the turn mechanics and present them like I would in skiing.


I would be very focused on stance and directional movements in your skiing just like I am in my "new" snowboarding.  Get some coaching if you can so that you are practicing the right things.  I was practicing the wrong things with boarding and am lucky that I have had so many chances to ride with level 3s and DECLs before I got good at being bad.  IME there is a lot that is the same or at least analogous between the two sports that you should be able to cross over pretty easily.  Having the "right" stance moves your hips into a more accessible position and opens the door for everything else.  I know that "directional movements" is a very broad term and I'm sure that there are lot's of threads you can find here and elsewhere that will explain the minutia of what that means to a skier.  To keep it simple adopt a functional stance and then think about how you get your CM across the board/skis and in what direction it's moving through the turn phases.  Get a pro to check you out occasionally so you keep progressing in the right direction.


Good Luck!

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Speaking from helping my adv. snowboarding friend who also wanted to have some fun skiing, he was having the most trouble one side versus the other. but that maybe the biomechanics of his body.  Some shims and footbed work he did on his boots helped even things out a bit.

So definitely do try some drills or work and/or work on your boots to be certain you've got proper left/right symmetry.  

other then that, welcome and you'll be progressing through all the skills just like any other skier.

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