As an avid skier, Donald Sonn understands how intimidating the sport can be for novices, particularly those who want to learn about alpine skiing but are unprepared for facing the various courses available. He has created a list of steps that it is important for beginners to take before they brave the slopes on their own.
Get An Instructor
A skiing instructor is going to be vital if you are to learn all of the techniques that you are going to need in order to tackle even the most basic of alpine courses. Take the time to have a few lessons with an experienced instructor, rather than having a friend or relative teach you, and you will soon find that their dedicated service helps you get the basics down in no time.
Learn How To Stop
One of the first things your instructor will teach you is how to stop, which will prove vital during your first efforts on the slopes. The most commonly used technique is often referred to as the ‘pizza wedge’ and it involves bringing the front of the skis together and spreading the backs apart. You need to have this technique in your arsenal before you head out to the slopes.
Your stance will need to be centered and balanced at all time. If you lean too much when you are skiing, you’re simply upping the possibility of falling and potentially causing yourself an injury. Be aware of the position of your legs and upper body at all times when you start picking up speed.
Controlling Your Speed
This is a simple step, but on that many novices struggle with. In order to speed up you need to keep your skis straight and parallel to one another, creating a less resistant body shape in the process. Slowing down simply means making use of the ‘pizza wedge’ technique that was mentioned earlier, though you won’t be bringing yourself to a stop with it until you reach the end of the slope.
Your legs should always turn before your upper body does. This is a technique that is known as ‘stemming’ and it involves rotating your skies on the slope with your legs, before adjusting your upper body to face the same direction.
While you may have the basic techniques down in theory, Donald Sonn notes that the only way to improve is to keep practicing. Get out on the slopes and use what you have learned, though make sure that you stick to beginner courses for the time being.