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post #31 of 35
Remind yourself of the paradox of skiing...the more aggressive your movements are, the more control you have to ski any speed you want. The more timid your movements are, the less control you have. Learn the correct movements, then apply them very aggressively on easy slopes for drill. When the situation isn't that easy, you'll have these movements available to you, hopefully automatically.
SoftSnowGuy, I appreciate this insight.
post #32 of 35


Originally Posted by Justin K. View Post
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 View Post
Hi Justin

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 View Post
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.
post #33 of 35
Softsnowguy hit it right on the head.

Once an individual has some relative proficiency (even at the lower levels), getting them to commit to be agressive (within reason), and ski into the fall line, will put them light years ahead.

This is done in a series of progressions and the seeds should be planted toward the end of the first lesson.

In those first lessons we get them to "keep the head and shoulders looking down and moving down the hill".

Later .... you teach it as diving into the fall line and language like "show me the bottom of your skis".

IMHO .... this is the thing that will make or break you ..... you don't have to be agressive about speed .... cause it ain't about speed at all .. it is about getting you to "move into the future" to use another cliche.
post #34 of 35


Rickp, fond memories of Sierra Ski Ranch, my wife's grandparents had a cabin at Twin Bridges and they never used it in the winter so we did. Yep, the old Corkscrew bail out - fun though. Fun days, great memories. Did Preachers Passion the lst time and thought I was pretty good - little did I know........
post #35 of 35


PaulR and JustinK.

Check out the Beginners Zone and try Ask a Ski Pro, both great sites and great Pro's. Don't be bashful we were all beginners and low intermediates once.

Welcome to Epic, have fun a great site. Hello's from Northern Idaho where dark is coming earlier and you can feel a little nip in the evening air. High of 72 degrees today.
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