The Basic Skills of Skiing
You have to learn three things in order to ski – stand up, turn and stop.
To stand on the skis you need to create what is known as the ‘snowplow’, by standing with your feet shoulder-width and finger-pointing your toes into the (forming a V shape). Then, slightly bend your knees to create a more stable position, arms spread wide to give yourself more balanced, and leaning slightly forward – as opposed to lean slightly backward. Moving forward / down does not matter as your skis will automatically do the slightest slope.
Slow down and stop can be done with the narrow end of the snow plows you move your finger into. To stop on a steep slope, you also need to change gradually until you are not headed down the ski slope, but is resting horizontally on top. To expedite, apply the theory in reverse – the heel to move closer together, widening your snowplow.
Turning quite simple, you just need to point your skis in the direction you want to go (ie point your skis right if you want to turn right and turn left your skis if you want to turn left), but in practice will take time to master – balance and timing becomes an important factor.
To change though sharp, it will take a bit more than your skis pointed in the right direction, you will also need to shift your weight to the foot opposite the direction that you want to change (for example, if you want to make a sharp right, you will shift your weight to your left leg). You will master the sharp turns faster if you’ll remember to move anything but your feet while changing, as part of a moving body, like arms and shoulders, making turning more difficult.
To learn the basic skills will take you only a few days, but you should not rush the learning process. Also, do not rely on a friend or family member to teach you, use a certified ski instructor.
By taking a ski lesson at the ski school, you will ensure that you learn the techniques correctly and that you do not adopt bad habits, which can be difficult to lose later. In addition, it should be noted that research has shown that those who learn from a certified ski instructor is less risk of injury than those who learn at their own or from family members or friends.
You have the option to take private ski lessons or as part of the group. Private lessons are far more expensive than a group of ski instructors, but all the attention focused on you and you will make progress more quickly.
If you choose to group ski lesson, it is advisable to first find out the number of students in the classroom. It really depends on how the students manage the ski school, but ideally looking for a class that has a size of not more than seven or eight students.
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