Originally Posted by Justin K.
Wow, my first post ever here. Can't believe I didn't try this skiing thing sooner, even if the first day was work friends saying "pizza to slow down, sidestep to climb small gradients. Step on that thing on back to release your boot. Now get on the chairlift. Now ski down this 'easy' run". Something like 8 or 10 falls later... I was back on the chairlift
I feel really bad for the guy who took pretty much all day to get down the same slope, or the other guy who was too scared to even try and had to be snowmobiled back down. Obviously not a good way to get people hooked on the sport, but somehow I actually had some fun. What was I thinking?
Now what gives me anxiety more than anything else, is when my skis start bouncing because I've hit some small bumps that weren't there when the day started and things were freshly groomed, and I failed to notice before I hit them. My only hope is that I somehow stay upright and the bumpy part ends before I faceplant.
Any hints... or should I just fall down as gently as I can before too many bumps force the issue, and start hiking to a smoother area?
Originally Posted by Ron White
Welcome to Epic!
A few things come to mind as I read your post. First, look a little farther ahead as you ski, this will allow you to see any uneven areas before you ski into them. Once you see it, you have the option of taking a path around the areas or slowing down so you are better able to keep your balance as you ski over them.
The second one is if you tighten-up as you encounter these bumps, they will bounce you around much more than if you stay more relaxed and use your legs as shock absorbers (easier said than done at first). Our built in defence to situations that cause us stress is to stiffen our joints (ankles, knees, legs) and this just makes the situation worse in skiing.
So, the next time you ski, look a little farther ahead, slow down before you come to the bumpy area, stay relaxed and allow your feet to follow the contour of the snow as you turn.
Hope this helps.
Yes Ron White is correct; look ahead and then you will see what you are about to enter. Also; balance correctly fore and aft and keep those legs loose. Good skiing really requites good balance and that is something you can work on an perfect on easy slopes, run outs, trails, roads etc. Work on your balance and you will find the sweet spot
which will make skiing more fun,natural, effortless and will give you the capability to recover
from uneven, or even suprize surfaces.
Originally Posted by rick p
See this A LOT in new skiers - you'll do anything NOT to turn. Traverse left until you have to turn - traverse right until you have to turn - repeat. After a certain point in the learning cure you figure out that you have it backwards and pretty much are always turning. Cheers, rickp
Good description. Stop at the top of the run and see whats down there. Is there a high side (so you can turn up hill to slow down), congestion area to stay away from, dips or bumps to go around, a run out area etc.