Categories
Skiing Sport

Finding a ski technique for you

Ski techniqueLearning how to ski can be a very tough and sometimes a hurtful process that needs a lot of patience. So it is important to go through the gradual process of gaining a good ski technique in order to ease your training. This means that as a beginner you must start with the basics which are the easiest and the safest. After you have mastered the beginner ski technique, you are ready to move on to the intermediate and then to the advanced ski technique.

Ski carving

The first thing you must remember is that no ski technique is so good that it can not be any better. The most common ski technique among skiers is ski carving. When we are talking about the carving technique, we could say that it is know by the fact that both legs are involved in a turn. You could say that this ski technique involves skiing on the inner corners of your skis. This is a fairly simple technique to use and it is also a lot of fun and offers a good workout.

Going up or down?

Another thing you should remember especially if you are just beginning to find the right ski technique for you, the way up is much easier both physically and psychologically than the way down. On our way down we are obliged to use different ski techniques, and we are faced with different obstacles, and this is very unlikely to happen on our way up. And of course, the possibility of falling is greater when we are skiing downhill so this brings another tension to the table.

Categories
Skiing Sport

The Parallel Turn

Ski parallelThe ski parallel turn is one of the basic parts of a good ski technique. The ski parallel turn is a method for turning which rolls the ski onto one edge, allowing it to bend into an arc. When the ski is turned like this, it allows it to follow the turn without sliding. It can be said that the ski parallel turn here has 3 main phases, the initiation, the edge change, and the turn across and out of the fall line.

If you are just a beginner

When you are skiing with your skis parallel, this gives you more control and a tighter turning circle on steep slopes. Even though you might feel a little unstable at first, you will be gradually able to gain more control when doing the ski parallel turn. The best way to ensure this is to start skiing with a V-shape. After you get completely comfortable, try putting the back of your skis together to execute a perfect ski parallel turn. When doing a ski parallel turn it is important that your skis are a hip width apart, and should stay hip width apart throughout the entire ski parallel turn.

How and where to do a ski parallel turn?

The place to start you very first ski parallel turn should be a slope where you feel completely comfortable. The key to keeping your skis parallel as you start each ski parallel turn is pushing up with both feet before moving your weight on to the new outside/downhill ski. At the end of each ski parallel turn you should be balanced on your downhill ski.