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Advice for Expert Skiers

On skis, as in life, learning is an on-going process. Thus there are ways for even the most expert skier can improve his or her style and technique.
Therefore, here is some advices to perfect your skiing techniques and to complete each descent in the best way possible, especially those red and black downhill trails that are the steepest and most difficult ones.

-Always take advantage of the blades: the higher the slope, the greater the control that an experienced skier must have on their skis. To be able to lead them on the trickiest of paths, the skier must constantly exploit the skis, going in angle or bending inwards at the knees. In this way, the blades will create a centripetal force that will allow the skier to take on the bend naturally.

-Check the Centre of Gravity: One of the most common mistakes, even for an experienced skier, is to move the centre of gravity when tackling steep terrain or uneven ground. Skiing well in this case is not solely dependent on the technique or the most advanced equipment but on keeping the body in line and consistently dropping the centre of gravity between the two skis and not sideways/ inwards.

-Alternate Carving Skiing at Short Range: The expert skier often tends to prefer carving skiing over long curves and uneven ground, where s/he has more control. However, improving also means knowing how to switch to driving the short-range, which is ideal, above all, on crowded slops and steep terrain. It also means learning how to manage speed irrespective of the slope. To do this, the skier must have a sense of rhythm and coordinate, and an ability to toggle quickly from contraction curve-closure phases to decontraction-start curves, not to mention the support of the sticks.

-Try to Switch Ski: Expert skiers have good control of the skis but this can be consolidated by the drop in switch, i.e. backwards.
Starting from rest position, the skier will need to keep the downhill skill behind the uphill ski, a position that will allow it him/her to rotate the upper body naturally and to have a better view, which is an essential condition for the first descents in switch. To turn, simply put your skis on snowploughs in order to have greater stability and balance, with the aim of gradually keeping them parallel.

-Face the Jumps with the Right Technique: An experienced skier knows that each jump must be tackled with determination and awareness. That is why, first of all, s/he must make sure to have the right equipment: boots and skis that have been prepared and, of course, a helmet. The bumps and higher dips favour a straight jump in which the torso remains solid and the legs create a decisive thrust upwards.
The imperfections of the land and small obstacles, however, can be overcome by using elasticity: the first thing is to lift one’s weight towards the tail of the ski and then to bring the legs up as far as possible to the chest, finally moving the weight towards the tip.

By following these simple pieces of advice and with a bit of practice, it will be possible to achieve the most relevant improvements to technique and style in a short period of time, thus developing a certain level of elegance in skiing, which is the ultimate goal of a now-experienced skier.

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