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how to control speed..?

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
I go to mad river mountain, which is in ohio and it is just a big hill... But i have a season pass there and unlimited lessons, where i can take as many lessons as i want. im in the intermediate lesson at their resort.. and they taught me to turn and you can control your speed. but sometimes i will go faster at some turns than others and i will be coming down- fast. slower. then faster and i cant keep it at the same speed down the hill..
Any tips?
post #2 of 16
Speedcontrol has everything to do with the position of your body and doing the right things at the right time, so with skiingskills in general. Improvement takes time and a lot of practice. So keep taking lessons and ask your ski-instructor. He should be able to judge what you're not doing right.
post #3 of 16
Skier101,

Work on your turn shape. Make a nice round turn and keep turning until you feel the skis start to slow down. When you feel that, it's time to go the other way. You should also be aware of terrain changes while doing this.-----Wigs
post #4 of 16
Thread Starter 
k, thanks. usually i will go slow sometimes on turn and then sometimes, faster..And i always ask my instructor everything... But i needed to know when to turn, which wigs told me.
post #5 of 16
This might help in your quest for speed control. While in your traverse prior to starting your next turn counter your hips slightly uphill then roll onto your edges. This movement will get you up on your edges early and result in a progressive powerful engagement. As above mentioned finishing your turn will also provide speed control without skidding. Every turn you make will bring that much closer to your goals.
post #6 of 16
Speed control is just around the corner.
post #7 of 16
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This might help in your quest for speed control. While in your traverse prior to starting your next turn counter your hips slightly uphill then roll onto your edges. This movement will get you up on your edges early and result in a progressive powerful engagement. As above mentioned finishing your turn will also provide speed control without skidding. Every turn you make will bring that much closer to your goals.
My instructor said that i am starting to turn on my edges. When i turn sometimes i will skid when i am turning... i will work on it
Thanks
post #8 of 16
Slide sideways.

Forget about deep edges, or setting an edge or this countering nonsense, you'll just accelerate and go faster. Keep sliding sideways until you have a handle on it. Then, add more edge as you feel comfortable.

If that makes no sense, let me know...

Cheers!
post #9 of 16
The thing you need to realize is that the "trick" to good skiing is to ski often. The expression goes ... "build miles on snow".

In the near future you will begin to use your eyes and ears to "read the hill" and pick your turn spots and line well ahead of time. A good skier is looking way down the hill and staying ahead of the game, listening to their feet and the sound of the snow .... right now, you are in a "reactive" phase of skiing and that will pass quickly.
post #10 of 16
Easiest way to do it is finish your turn.I work very hard on skiing the same speed with the same turns on all terrain or conditions are.And its just a matter of staying forward and finishing the turn in a "C" shape not a "Z" shape.

Now that is a very simplified answer and there are a whole lot of thing that you must master before but its really that easy.
post #11 of 16
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Skier101,

Work on your turn shape. Make a nice round turn and keep turning until you feel the skis start to slow down. When you feel that, it's time to go the other way. You should also be aware of terrain changes while doing this.-----Wigs
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Originally Posted by skidbump View Post
Easiest way to do it is finish your turn.I work very hard on skiing the same speed with the same turns on all terrain or conditions are.And its just a matter of staying forward and finishing the turn in a "C" shape not a "Z" shape.

Now that is a very simplified answer and there are a whole lot of thing that you must master before but its really that easy.
what they said. please disregard comments about how you make your turns. It's all about turn shape. (see skidbump's definition on turn shape)
post #12 of 16
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by skidbump View Post
Easiest way to do it is finish your turn.I work very hard on skiing the same speed with the same turns on all terrain or conditions are.And its just a matter of staying forward and finishing the turn in a "C" shape not a "Z" shape.

Now that is a very simplified answer and there are a whole lot of thing that you must master before but its really that easy.
i dont exactly understand what you are saying about the C and Z. Do you mean when you are going down the hill dont make a turn then go forward then a turn and so on.. But when you are going down the hill go across the hill then turn - ( making a full turn ) ?
post #13 of 16
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Originally Posted by Wigs View Post
Skier101,

Work on your turn shape. Make a nice round turn and keep turning until you feel the skis start to slow down. When you feel that, it's time to go the other way. You should also be aware of terrain changes while doing this.-----Wigs
What he said. A key part is to keep turning. Many people make the mistake of just turning so far and than going into a straight traverse. The traverse doesn't slow you down as effectively as a turn continued until you're travelling slightly uphill. In fact, if you don't turn far enough, the traverse won't slow you down at all.

So, like Wigs said, keep turning until you feel the skis start to slow down.
post #14 of 16
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i dont exactly understand what you are saying about the C and Z. Do you mean when you are going down the hill dont make a turn then go forward then a turn and so on.. But when you are going down the hill go across the hill then turn - ( making a full turn ) ?
Turning all at once as quickly as you can and then doing a straight traverse = Z.
Round turn with turn continued until you're travelling slightly uphill = C.

C is slower than Z, even though you feel like you're turning your skis out of the fall line quicker with Z.
post #15 of 16
Thread Starter 
k thanks, i thought that was what it meant, just wasnt sure. Well Thanks everyone for your help!!
post #16 of 16
Sometimes, for beginners, speed control issues revolve around "shopping" or "hunting" for turns. This means making a turn, then traversing or side slipping until you feel comfortable enough or in the right place to make the next turn. If you try to make constant and consistant turns (always turning, and turns of similar size and shape), it will help you control your speed. If you get going a bit fast, continue to turn, but complete the end of the next few turns just a bit more across the hill.
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