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Old 03-02-2010, 01:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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It's been a while since I have last skiied,and I'm wanting to get back into it. one of my problems was that when I headed straight down a hill, my skiis would "wobble". My tips would not stay still, they would come together and then push apart and back and forth and such and such untill they caught an edge and then would come the epic crash. How does one avoid this? Is it more technique, or is it equipment or both. I was using rented skiis. I'm not as young as I once was and crashes would defenitely hurt more. Is there a type of training that helps? I mean, you watch the olympic skiiers and their skiis are so straight all the time!
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Old 02-18-2011, 08:11 PM   #2 (permalink)
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It's been a while since I have last skiied,and I'm wanting to get back into it. one of my problems was that when I headed straight down a hill, my skiis would "wobble". My tips would not stay still, they would come together and then push apart and back and forth and such and such untill they caught an edge and then would come the epic crash. How does one avoid this? Is it more technique, or is it equipment or both. I was using rented skiis. I'm not as young as I once was and crashes would defenitely hurt more. Is there a type of training that helps? I mean, you watch the olympic skiiers and their skiis are so straight all the time!
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Hey Luc! You may not get this post nearly a year later... but I think the problem with your skiing is that you're getting too much 'back into it' (see what I did there).

To elaborate, haha, you're probably leaning back too much! Hence your tips are really making contact with the snow and they wobble... yada yada you fall!

It's a REALLY SIMPLE SOLUTION! Lean forward.

Here's some tips (you can practice in socks at home):

I know the first instinct when going fast is to lean back. Always happens, when you're walking down a hill, all that.

HOWEVER, you must lean forward. HERE'S HOW!

1) Keep your weight on the balls of your feet! This is the FRONT PART of your foot. Maintain contact with your heel, but make sure you put pressure on that front.

2) MAKE SURE your shin/ankle is touching and stretching the tongue (middle part) of your ski boot! If it's a long way from touching, tighten your ski boot! Ask for help if you don't know whether you should make it tighter or not!

3) KEEP YOUR HANDS FORWARD! Are you using poles? It's best if you're not, but if you are, keep a good ATHLETIC STANCE, with your hands in front where you can see them in your peripheral, and the end parts of your poles BEHIND your legs! Without poles, it's great to keep your HANDS ON YOUR KNEES to ensure this forward balance.

Trying at home, do squats or things like that, but keep balance forward. When you stand up on the squat, lean forward rather than back, and repeat!


You can also do little balance exercises like standing on one foot to maintain balance! It's always important to keep your center of balance on the right place.

Follow all this and you'll have no more problems. Good luck!

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