Skiing uses a combination of skills in order to flow and move across the snow smoothly. Want to look like a pro while on the slopes during your next ski vacation? Here are some tips to improve your technique.
Before you ski
- When your body is exposed to high altitude, you will get dehydrated. Dehydration will significantly affect your mental and physical performance. Drink plenty of water to maintain hydration level. Sports drinks are also a good resource for optimum fluid and fuel supply.
- Warm up your muscles before hitting the slopes to loosen up your muscles, improve your ability to react; prepare for balance shifts; and minimize the risk of injury, such as pulling or tearing muscles, ligaments, or tendons.
While you ski
- Don’t pull your entire weight toward the middle of your skis when starting a turn because it causes your skis to chatter. Put pressure on your ski tips so you can steer into the turn first, and then let your feet follow.
- Pay attention to how you flex your ankles by bending forward rather than bending your knees. Flexing your ankles forward will bend your knees automatically, which will help you maintain your body in a straight and balanced position.
- Keep your hands forward (imagine you are reading a newspaper). If one of your hands intersects with your skis or if your hands are at your sides, your skis may swerve instead of stipple
- Did you know that flat skis with wide tips often get tossed around by coarse snow or bumps? To avoid having this happen to you, roll your skis from edge to edge when coming out of a turn and before turning into a new one. This maneuver will give you more control and reduces your chance of falling.
- Use wider skis for better buoyancy. Maintain your weight equally on both skis and remain centered. When your weight is pushed toward the back of your skis, it will affect your legs causing you to wipe-out.
- Rent ski equipment before you buy it. That way you will find the gear that really works for you!
- Obey all signs and warnings. Marked runs, which are guarded by snow patrols, are there to make you aware of closed trails and areas that are dangerous.
- Be aware of safety when going off-piste. You need to take someone with you who knows the terrain well and can guide you. Be alert for avalanche warnings or for local snow slides.
- Don’t ski in areas where there are young trees and/or wildlife that could get distracted. Always respect nature at all times.