First of all, learn to tune your own skis. to start with, buy a file, a 1 or 2 degree edge file guide, vices, and a clamp for your file and guide. ask for advice at the local shop or look around at other posts on this site for advice. there are some websites that have instructions, but i dont know what they are. someone else will surely be able to pitch in on that account.
secondly, do you know how to carve turns? real carving; what you see racers doing coming down, leaving 2 thin 'railroad tracks' in the snow/ice? as soon as you can really carve, ice, for the most part, is much less of a problem. what you need to do when it's too steep to have pure-carves, is to get your skis as far on edge as you can and pressure your outside leg really really hard. allow the tail of the ski to skid out (otherwise you'd be in a pure carve, and the purpose of this turn is, well, not to pure carve) as much as necessary to control your speed adequately. essentially, if you use enough edge pressure, ice is not very difficult. your xscreams (i assume that's what you're on) are decent on ice. not razor-like like a race ski, but not fat ski board-like. you shouldnt have trouble on all but the iciest of days with sharp xscreams and carving race-based technique. then again, i'm a racer so i'm biased. btw, this does not take years of practice to learn... i'm 16 too
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