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Skiing techniques


Skiing techniques

Learn to ski is a process in which people learn different skills to become skiers so every type of skiing has its own techniques. Skiing techniques include movements to arm control, body rotation and others. Although, it is unbelievable, the first technique that people learn is how to fall and this way they can avoid hurting themselves so skiing is a dangerous sport and no matter how much they practice their skiing techniques.

Over time, skills and experience increase through practice and you will develop other skiing techniques such as kick turns, snow plough turns, traversing, stem turns, sideslipping, and climbing that will allow you to navigate the ski slopes with more freedom and have an enjoyable experience at all its levels. Below you can find information about different skiing techniques that you can apply when you get on the slopes:
       Falling
    The first thing a skier needs to know when starting the training is how to stop, even good skiers must do this, once they are going at pace, it is the best way to bring an end to danger closing in at speed. Besides skiing equipment is designed to let you fall so ski-bindings release when you fall, allowing you to crash into the snow without damaging your legs.

       Controlling dynamic balance
    The development of ski depends straight of "dynamic balance", it depends of balance capability on skis, when skiers are moving around land and great quantity of situations. The balance will be controlled with practice, but it requires a perfect concentration. In fact ski requires a perfect balance among the correct realization of the technical motions. If the mental attitude is not the correct hardly we will be able to apply the technique.

       The Wedge
    Wedge is a very elemental way to ski that allows a novice skier to descend and navigate the ski slope in a measured and controlled way, a learning method established like a transition toward the turns in parallel. This technique consists unto stopped in 'V', so the skis tips have to maintain join, while we separated the tails to the nines due to the position in triangle of skis is called wedge that is used as stop system more simple. This technique is using to slow down and quickly stopping.

       Stem Turns and Traversing
    Moving across the slope between turns is known as traversing and this represents one step up from basic wedge. If you start going too fast, you can drop your knees to force your heels out and adopt a wedge position again.

       Parallel Turns
    Parallel turns are the apex of skiing technique to handle the hardest of slopes that allow skiers to perform rapid side-to-side turns in quick succession while travelling at high speed around objects such as trees, bumps in the slopes and other skiers.

       Skiing Moguls
    Moguls are bumps placed or left in ski slopes to make skiing more challenging and fun. In order to ski moguls, you need to be a good parallel skier. The difficulties of skiing in moguls are to ski out of control and injure yourself by falling on uneven terrain.

       Basic stance Taking into account that the main idea is the maintenance of the "Dynamic balance", next we will give a practical series of advices about the basic stance that we will have to have on our skis.

    1. Feet
      It is important to learn to use feed this way we know in each moment what parts should lean on the ski. First, feet should not come together, because when skiers turned they do it reclining the whole the weight in a single leg. This is done for two principal reasons:
      • If only one ski supports the force of spin, this will curve in an inverse arch more easily.
      • It is much more simple and dynamic to vary external leg to external leg to the realization of spins.

    2. Ankles
      Ankles must stay flexed, because this helps to flexion of the knees and to control the borders of the skis.

    3. Knees
      Knees must be folded, although ankles be right, knees should remain flexed. This is the unique position that allows skiers manipulate the ski borders and cross them.

    4. Hips
      Hips are, along with the pelvis, a vital region in any exercise of dynamic character that skiers do, because it is the part that joins all fours with the superior trunk and is primary this union come true in free form, without oppositions.

    5. Arms
      Arms are agents of equilibrium. When skiers are in unbalance they try to place their arms in front and on the sides to keep standing. Besides, the arms through the hands, they hold the poles, which are useful to us like supporting point.

    6. Head
      Good skiers are recognized for their glance fixed toward in front. If we tried to look toward the skis or any other zone, we will move our head and this could cause an oscillation that would finish with the equilibrium created.

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