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post #31 of 33
Its not the size of the hill but excellence of the turn. I bivouac
on a rope tow in AK day & night. Then Nordic to another bump 20 miles away foranother 3 days in a tent @ -20f. The ultimate ski in ski out.
post #32 of 33
Skiing with one ski is a great exercise to improve your form. You can keep both skis on, but just practice lifting one leg up and holding it there. Another is to hold you hands out in front of you, like you are holding a picture frame. Then practice keeping the downhill part of the mountain in your frame. Basically, practice keeping your torso facing downhill at all times.
post #33 of 33
Taking off a ski is much more difficult, does not allow any cheating & may not be for everyone. It is very ski specific agility, balance, coordination & strength training.This is why the University of Colorado ski team coaches had us take off a ski & practice long non-stop runs. Like one leg balance squats while moving for minutes at a time.

Check the uphill policy at the ski area & if allowed, try renting nordic skate ski gear. Skate ski up the easy way, ski down, make turns, wash rinse repeat. Find the balance & you can link good parallel (& telemark) turns because Nordic skate skis are more like single camber & the boots have some lateral support. The gear will force good balance & movement because anything less is immediately punished wink.gif We frequently see skate skiers (including management) at Alta Utah skate skiing up the summer road & descending the ski runs. Get good at this, do lots of laps & you will be stronger & the alpine gear will feel like power steering.

Skiing is all about foot coordination & dynamic balance (balance while moving). So the more different ways you can challenge & grow these skills, the better & more versatile skier you can be.

Good luck!
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