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post #1 of 10
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Although im still learning skiing fundamentals, i have been able to ski down most blue runs in my first year.  My question is how do i control speed on narrower blue trails.  Now, im not talking super narrow, but more winding trails rather than a straight down mountain. In the past, i have just sort of skidded around the turns but really want to be able to have a little more control (especially since it was quite icy last time and i felt like i couldve slipped right off the edge and into the forest....

 

Any help appreciated!  Thank you.

post #2 of 10

This is where the skill of "short swing" turns comes into play, which will also help you control speed as you venture on to steeper slopes.  Something I would ask your ski instructor to show you.  Unless you are on a super tight budget, it might take doing a private lesson to work on something that specific.

post #3 of 10

Luke, as with every movement, balance is everything.  If you are back on your heels every movement is hard work and slow.  Try this---stand tall with just a bit of flexibility in your knees, waist, and spine.  Hold your hands out in the natural balancing position you'd be in walking across an icy parking lot.  Balance on the balls of your feet.  Hinge forward at the ankles so you are lightly against the tongues of your boots. If you stay on the balls of your feet, you'll dance down those trails.  If you get back on your heels, nothing works well, so just stop, re-center, get on the balls of your feet, and continue.

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Originally Posted by LukeRoz View Post
 

Although im still learning skiing fundamentals, i have been able to ski down most blue runs in my first year.  My question is how do i control speed on narrower blue trails.  Now, im not talking super narrow, but more winding trails rather than a straight down mountain. In the past, i have just sort of skidded around the turns but really want to be able to have a little more control (especially since it was quite icy last time and i felt like i couldve slipped right off the edge and into the forest....

 

Any help appreciated!  Thank you.

Where are you skiing?  How have you been learning?

 

It's helpful to practice hockey stops, starting with easier terrain and working up to somewhat steeper but still wide slopes.  Not that you need to be stopping on winding, narrow trails.  However, knowing you can stop consistently is a valuable skill.

post #5 of 10
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I'm mostly skiing East at Holiday Valley Resort in NY.  I've been learning from blogs/forums/youtube videos/friends.  I can do hockey stops pretty well so that's not really a concern.I guess i could skid around tighter/steeper turns but i was wondering if there is a proper way to control speed around a turn since you cant really do a bunch of S turns for speed control....

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I'm mostly skiing East at Holiday Valley Resort in NY.  I've been learning from blogs/forums/youtube videos/friends.  I can do hockey stops pretty well so that's not really a concern.I guess i could skid around tighter/steeper turns but i was wondering if there is a proper way to control speed around a turn since you cant really do a bunch of S turns for speed control....

Well, I don't think experienced instructors would agree with your thinking about speed control.  Let me see if @TheRusty or @epic can help answer your question here in the Beginner Zone.

 

By the way, trail ratings are specific to a given ski area.  So a "blue" at Holiday Valley is much easier than blues at larger mountains like Whiteface.

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lol that may have came out wrong.  Obviously s-turns do a TON to control speed....but how do you do them going around a long steep and narrow turn?

post #8 of 10

Paging instructors who ski in the east: @LiquidFeet , @Kneale Brownson .

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I'm a long way from the ice coast, Marznc, but in narrow spaces I usually resort to smeared turns.
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I'm a long way from the ice coast, Marznc, but in narrow spaces I usually resort to smeared turns.

Sorry, not sure why I was thinking you were on the east coast.

 

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Originally Posted by LukeRoz View Post
 

Although im still learning skiing fundamentals, i have been able to ski down most blue runs in my first year.  My question is how do i control speed on narrower blue trails.  Now, im not talking super narrow, but more winding trails rather than a straight down mountain. In the past, i have just sort of skidded around the turns but really want to be able to have a little more control (especially since it was quite icy last time and i felt like i couldve slipped right off the edge and into the forest....

 

Any help appreciated!  Thank you.

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Originally Posted by LukeRoz View Post
 

I'm mostly skiing East at Holiday Valley Resort in NY.  I've been learning from blogs/forums/youtube videos/friends.  I can do hockey stops pretty well so that's not really a concern.I guess i could skid around tighter/steeper turns but i was wondering if there is a proper way to control speed around a turn since you cant really do a bunch of S turns for speed control....

 
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Originally Posted by LukeRoz View Post
 

lol that may have came out wrong.  Obviously s-turns do a TON to control speed....but how do you do them going around a long steep and narrow turn?

 

 

I think the OP could use a bit more explanation of what "smeared turn" means.  The question has come up before but I can't remember how to find the old thread.  Seems like a good topic for the Beginner Zone.

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