7 Beginner tips and tricks to skiing on an Alpine course
Skiing is widely considered as one of the most popular hobbies of people, but this activity can become dangerous (and even fatal) in particular circumstances especially if you jump right in without the proper skills and equipment.
If you are a beginner Alpine ski racer having no prior idea of this sport, this article can extensively come into your advantage. Here, we have provided a few tips and tricks to skiing properly (as well as safely) on an Alpine downhill course. So try to pay attention as closely as possible.
- Choose shorter skis
Always choose skis that are shorter in height in comparison to you. This will give you more control over your movements on the slope.
Note: The longer the skis, the more finesse it will take to turn or slow down as per requirement. So make the right choice by going for the shorter ones to be on the safe side.
- Tighten up your boots and double check on them to ensure they are tight enough
You may feel your toes getting crunched the first time you put your ski boots on. But don’t worry; this is quite normal. It will go away after some time.
Just don’t forget to ensure that your boots are tight enough before you jump right into your course.
- Ski boots should be tight, but that doesn’t mean they have to cause a tremendous amount of discomfort to the wearer. There’s a fine line between tight boots and small boots. Do respect that.
- Sneaker and ski boot sizes don’t match one another. So don’t hesitate to ask the employee at the ski park to help you go for the right boot.
3. Don’t forget the poles
Ski poles will help you maintain your balance and turn on the spot. So don’t ever ignore them at the time of your race.
- Always choose a set of poles that approximately come close to your chest or ribs.
- The ski poles should be at least 45 cm (1.5 ft) shorter than you for maximum efficiency and control.
- And finally, always go for the poles that come with a grip.
- Choose warm clothes
Wear layers of clothes but avoid those that are too bulky. The following tips can come in handy for your purpose:
- Wear a breathable t-shirt as your base layer.
- Follow the t-shirt up with a sweatshirt that can help to keep you warm.
- Your top layer should be a waterproof jacket. But make sure it’s not bulky; otherwise, it’s going to restrict your movements.
- And finally, don’t forget to wear socks.
6. Establish the perfect stance
- Keep your legs in line with the hips. As you move down the slope, you may move your feet closer or farther as per your requirements.
- Don’t forget to bend your knees while skiing down the slope.
Remember, ski racing uses the same fundamental stance as most other sports. Bending your knees will help to improve your balance, on the whole. It will also help in the reduction of impact from the bumps on the slope.
- Last but not the least, keep a centered and balanced stance. Leaning too far left or right may throw your balance off.
- Slow down by pointing your toes toward one another
This is the simplest and the most effective stopping technique of all; AKA the snow-p lough or the wedge method.
Point your toes to one another gradually whenever there’s a need for you to stop. Remember, if you do it too quickly, you will be thrown off your balance.
- Practice stopping at slow speeds until you get the hang of this technique.
- How early you slow down is integrally dependent on the length of the course and the speed of your movement. So always take those two factors into consideration before slowing yourself down to a stop.
A few notable mentions
- Know the different slope ratings before getting on the same. Green signifies easy, black signifies hard. Other combinations involve a circle (easy) and a diamond (hard).
- Don’t try professional avant-garde movements while you are on the slope. Remember, you are not an expert. So don’t try anything funny until you get the hang of it.
So that’s it for now then folks. Hope the list of tips and tricks mentioned above come in handy for you. Goodbye and good luck!