Ten tips to become a better skier!
Posted by Super User on Tuesday, 11 November 2014 in Blog
If you are passionate about the adrenalin rush and exhilaration of skiing and would rather be on the slopes than anywhere else in the world, then you’ll be committed to improving your technique and getting even more out of your ski experience. Whether you are fairly new to the slopes or a seasoned skier, we’ve come up with ten helpful tips for you enjoy the rush even more:
1: Take skiing lessons
It may seem obvious, but you will learn so much from professional skiing lessons, whether you opt for an individual session or a group one. Taking lessons from a professional coach will accelerate your development as a skier no end, and if you go for an individual lesson you can focus on particular techniques or moves that you are finding particularly challenging. Lessons where you can refresh your skills are very useful if you’ve had a break from the slopes too.
2: Wear the right gear
This is essential. There are hundreds of different ski, boot and clothing products on the market so choose carefully and get advice. The type of ski you go for depends on the terrain where you are skiing, and boots should be flexible and not too stiff. Keep an eye on the weather and wear plenty of layers to keep warm.
3: Keep your energy levels up
Skiing is a real physical challenge and you’ll need to keep your energy levels high by eating well and drinking plenty of water. It can be tempting to hit the bars after a day on the slopes, but being severely dehydrated the next day won’t do you any favours when trying to master your technique!
4: Get your posture right
Good posture is essential if you want to become a better skier. Focus on keeping your feet hip width apart and reach your hands forward at hip level, and try to keep your eye line as horizontal as you can to give you greater balance. This posture will give you the best start when it comes to improving your technique.
5: Stay fit!
The fitter you are, the more you’ll get out of a skiing session on the slopes. Before you start your ski break, aim to build up your core strength, leg strength and flexibility – you will notice a huge difference in your agility and stamina once you’re out there. A great way to stay fit is by practicing on indoor slopes such as Snozone as snowsports themselves are a great way to stay fit!
6: Don’t overdo it
Remember that you’re there to have a great time, so don’t burn out in the first two days or get overly frustrated when you can’t master a technique straight away. Give yourself plenty of breaks and rest time, and make sure you ski for pure enjoyment and pleasure as well as constantly striving to improve.
7: Discover new terrain
Where you can, get out of your comfort zone and try skiing in different terrain. You’ll need different techniques so it’s a great way to learn. If possible, ski with more experienced skiers so you can see how they tackle the different slopes. An example of this is Moguls, which are a series of bumps on a trail formed when skiers push the snow into mounds or piles as they execute short-radius turns. This tends to happen naturally as skiers use the slope, however here at Snozone these are re-constructed on our slope regularly for you to practice on!
8: Watch yourself on video
This is a great way to improve your posture or technique. You may think you look like the ultimate professional when slicing down the slopes, but watching yourself back on video can be an interesting lesson! You will learn lots about where you need to improve, so it’s a very helpful exercise.
9: Don’t forget to look up!
If you are relatively new to the slopes or haven’t skied in a while, it’s very tempting to look down and concentrate on your feet and skis. But if you make yourself look up you’ll find balance and co-ordination so much easier.
10: Take a moment
When you’re at the top of the slopes, poised to start the descent remember to take a moment and enjoy the breath-taking views. Skiing is one of the most exhilarating and exciting sports available so breathe in the clear fresh air and enjoy every moment.BACK