Originally Posted by JohnH
Yeah, your Dad's technique is very outdated (older than you are). As long as the skis you are using were made after you got out of diapers, you're probably fine. Anything made after 2000 will have a modern shape. The style of skiing your Dad is using, is what was used back when skis were straight and had no shape (that hourglass look).
Good choice on the lesson. I'd suggest both you and your dad take a lesson. If you're somewhat athletic, it should come faily easily, since you're at a great age to progress quickly. Just don't get too gung-ho and be all obsessed with going straight and fast. Judging by your writing style, you're a smart kid
, so don't stop being smart when you're oon the hill.
I am not sure my dad will be so keen on taking a lesson. He seems to think his technique is very "hip." Haha!
I am somewhat athletic. I am playing basketball this season. It should end pretty soon, though, and I can get in some more skiing time after that. I am not really into straight and fast, I am more into using the mountains bumps and lumps to make the carving a little more fun. I longboard (Skating), so I am pretty into carving and such.
I don't think my local hill counts as me going "gung-ho." I litterally can go straight down the steepest trail (Considering their are two) and not even get close to going my "fastest." I really can't wait until Sunday when the trails are longer and their is more of them.
Thanks for the response!
Originally Posted by klkaye
You have a mature writing style for a 13 yr old.
"shaped skis" simply means that the tip and tail are significantly wider than the waist. modern skis have this sort of shape. make sure you're using modern skis ... modern skiing techniques are what's taught today.
poles are not important to start.
if you want to "get good" at skiing there are a couple of things that you can do off-snow that will make a real difference:
- develop a strong core
- do balance and sliding activities (rollerblading as an example)
skiing is a dynamic activity. the techniques you learn will be globally important ... and a key aspect of becoming a good skier is to get mileage so that you know which tools to use for which situations. the snow conditions change all day long as do your energy levels. each run can be totally different.
I am pretty much covered for balance and sliding activites. In the summer, I longboard (Skateboarding), Surf, Skimboard, rollerblade, etc, etc. If it slides, I do it.
I also use an Indo board often to improve my balance. I think I have pretty good balance, but the Indo board just helps further.
Thanks for the responses! (And the compliments on my writing, haha.)