Tips for Skiing
Hotham Snowsports Centre Skiing Tips
Stand up on your skis with knees slightly bent. No matter what your skiing level, try to keep your hips above your feet. There should be a nice vertical line starting with your feet, then knees and shoulders. You will know you are sitting back if you have burning thighs. Try to make sure you have your ankles bent too and remember that you should feel contact with the front of your boots.
If you feel your tails skidding out you may be too far forward. Make sure you are bending both your ankle and knee. Try some jump turns to make sure you are in the middle of the ski.
If you feel that you are skidding the whole ski then you need to work on your angulation. This means putting your skis on edge but moving your knees and or hips into the hill whilst keeping your upper body balanced over the outside ski.
When attempting short turns you need as few moving parts as possible. Make sure your upper body faces downhill, turn your feet and use mainly your knees for edging the skis.
When skiing on steeper terrain you need to control your speed by finishing your turns. A good way to get the correct angulation is to plant your pole as far down the hill as possible. Good turn shape, ie round, helps to control your turns.
On ice it is important to make all your movements as smooth as possible. Try to edge gradually and early but if you do slide make sure you travel down the hill with the skis and do not fall into the hill.
It is advised to receive lessons when starting a snowsport.
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Hotham Snowsports Centre - Hotham Central
Phone 03 5759 4450