So why is a guy writing about Women’s equipment?
Because this guy has taught skiers and tested Instructors, longer than most people have been skiing. Brian also worked as a Clinic Conductor and Ski School Supervisor, and spent “on snow” time with U S Olympian Pam Fletcher (Nine-year U.S. Ski Team veteran; Calgary 1988 Olympian; holds six national titles; won gold at the ‘86 World Cup downhill in Vail, a truly gifted skier) in developing a comprehensive Women’s program at one of the largest Ski Schools in the U S.
OK…Ladies lets try something. Kick off your shoes…
1. Stand sideways in front of a mirror, in what you would presume to be a well balanced “athletic stance”. Are your knees slightly bent? Feet about “hip’s width” apart, and your elbows bent with your hands where you can see them? Excellent!
2. While maintaining this position, and turning your head to watch in the mirror, slowly transfer your weight onto your heels. That’s it we’re done!
In the words of Jeannie Thoren, one of the first to seriously address Women Skiers…
"The weak link in a women’s skiing is usually her equipment"
There is so much more to Jean, so may I suggest or recommend learning more about her Women’s Ski philosophy and teachings. NO ONE does it better.
Lucky for you Ladies, ski companies; have come to your rescue. The right ski and maybe a private lesson or two will help your performance dramatically! Olin pioneered some women specific designs in the 80s and their ideas have matured into some truly great skis.
These new 2014 models of women’s skis, deliver a wide range of performance for all women. From the “Dynastar’s Elite Light series for women craving only FUN and confidence, to the Neva series; real “go anywhere and rip it up” tools for aggressive ladies that have been insulted by some of the so called “Women’s Performance models” of the past.
To share a good but not expert Lady's review. . . . . .
“The Dynastar Neva Series are the “real deal.” With slightly wider waists, the Nevas allows the skier stability without diminishing the skis competence in all turn shapes. Smooth? Yes! Forgiving? A little, but this one is for women that get on the Blacks and ski everything including deep snow. BUT, for pure carving fun, especially on packed or icey runs, I like the Elite Light.”
The ski can now bend in the MIDDLE and CARVE. Please remember, a bent ski simply won’t go in a straight line if it is put on edge. Instead of skidding to control your speed, simply finish your turns. You will feel better (and look better) doing it.
The timing is perfect Ladies. Women’s Skis aren’t just girly colors. They are true high performance tools with 2 decades of women specific research and testing. Get on a pair and rediscover the sport. Take a private lesson or two, and as all married instructors already know, DON’T let your husband teach you. The improvements will follow, and with less effort than you might think. HAVE FUN!
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