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post #31 of 36

Yes Hippie, that technique has been known to thwart alien abductions of skiers. It's also essential for improved TV reception. The more modern technique of holding the poles horizontal with the tips facing backwards has even less wind resistance for increased speed and also has the added benefit of deterring speed demons from attempting to run you over.

post #32 of 36

Well Hippie's technique has the added benefit of making you more visible below rollers. The poles are like those flags you put on dune buggies. Clearly it's the more superior method...  

post #33 of 36
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Originally Posted by Mack View Post

My fiancee is a beginner quickly becoming an intermediate. She is not ready to really use her poles, but what should she do with them? She was sort of almost dragging them before (kept her arms straight down so the poles were almost parallel to the ground), but I've been telling her to basically hold them up in front of her (you know, with her arms bent at the elbow, so the poles are almost perpendicular to the ground..). Is that the right thing? I figured it would get her used to a position which would be a better start for when she does start using them.

 

I always have beginners ski without their poles. First they need to learn how to turn. Offcourse I use the wedge to parallel path so it might be different with DTP. Anyway, I try to make sure they dont use any upper body rotation or windmill with their arms before introducing them to their ski poles. Introducing ski poles later on is no problem.

post #34 of 36

You could use that technique to dry your laundry - or perhaps attract a giant cockroach back to your apartment. So useful!

post #35 of 36
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Originally Posted by HippieFlippinNM View Post
 

This technique has always worked for me.  Makes me very aerodynamic so I can ski at incredible speeds. 

 

 

 

This is what is known as the "Texas Wedge" - bend double at the waist, stick your poles straight up in the air behind you, and wedge like crazy to keep your speed somewhat under control.  Turning is disapproved of.

 

It works best when wearing licensed athletic apparel (Dallas Cowboys logo is best, but any sports team will suffice) and yelling "Hey ya'll, get outa my way!"

post #36 of 36

I think it may be the Texas Wedge that is going to result in attracting giant cockroaches back to one's apartment more than anything else.. 

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