Natural Stance in Skiing

I recently re-watched a video featuring John Gillies – coach of the Canadian demo team – talking about natural stance and balance in skiing. I often use the same approach when I am teaching and was surprised at how similar our explanations are – almost identical! It is an approach worthy of a blog article.

We often talk about stance as though it were a position, which sounds very static. When skiing, we need to be in constant motion to deal with the forces that we encounter.

In skiing, the forces acting on us are constantly changing in magnitude and direction. We must therefore be in constant motion to deal with these forces in a way that maintains strength and functionality. Every movement we make should help us to maintain strength and functionality. Movements that weaken us should be discarded.

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Use Exercises to Improve Your Skiing

Hello fellow skiers!

In my last post I talked about one of my favourite exercises – skiing on the outside ski. I thought I’d follow up with a post about how to use exercises in general, to develop your skiing.

Exercises are invaluable tools for developing your skiing. My experience with my own development and teaching others has taught me that training is most effective when you focus on one thing at a time. When you ski, there is a lot going on, making it difficult to focus on just one thing. Exercises provide a way to break skiing down, allowing us to focus on one skill at a time.

How to use exercises to improve technique

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Skiing on the Outside Ski

Hello fellow skiers!

Skiing on the outside ski is one of my favourite exercises and a great way to get your ski legs back at the start of the season.

It is one of the best things you can do for your skiing because any issues with your technique will immediately become apparent, making it difficult to successfully perform the task.

The idea is to be able to lift the inside ski and balance on the outside ski throughout the entire turn. At the end of the turn, put the ski down, lift the new inside ski and turn the other way.

Why ski on the outside ski?

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