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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Stance

Hello fellow skiers!

I’ve decided to write a short article about stance to follow up on my last article about balance.

Stance and balance are closely related. You may remember from my overview of ski technique that stance and balance are treated as a single skill. How you stand determines where you balance but balance is just one element of stance.

Why is stance important?

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Balance

Hello fellow skiers!

It’s been a while since my last post. In the last few days I have moved to Idre and have been getting myself organised for the season (still don’t have internet – relying on Idre’s free wifi). I’ve had a few days back on skis and am looking forward to the season!

In this post, I want to talk about balance. I think everyone can appreciate the importance of balance in skiing, but what is good balance in skiing?

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