How to Ski Easy steps

Learn to Ski
If you want to learn how to ski, you came to the right place. Below are easy steps that will help you understand the process as well as have a general idea about the topic. But before starting with the steps, you need to know the basic concepts about ski. A ski is a long, flat device worn on the feet designed to help the wearer slide smoothly over snow. Originally intended as an aid to travel in snowy regions, they are now mainly used for recreational and sporting purposes. Also, a ski may denote a similar device used for other purposes than skiing, for example, for steering snowmobiles.

  1. Start with learning the standard stance. This will pave the way for beginners to easily learn the succeeding snow exercises such as walking, turning, and moving up the slope. Moreover, having the right stance will minimize the likelihood of falling when you start sliding down the slope.
    - The standard stance for Skiing beginners is called the snow plow position. Basically, the snow plow position resembles a pigeon-toe, a medical condition in which the toes tend to point inward. In Skiing, the tips of your Skis should point inward, making an inverted V.
    -The standard stance for Skiing beginners is called the snow plow position. Basically, the snow plow position resembles a pigeon-toe, a medical condition in which the toes tend to point inward. In Skiing, the tips of your Skis should point inward, making an inverted V. The snow plow position is apt for beginners since it offers stability. This is because the distance between your Skis places the weight in the center. Always try the snow plow position before you even start moving.
  2. Most of the time, novices in Skiing feel uncomfortable in carrying their Skis. Because of the weight of the Skis, skiers feel unbalanced. However, continued practice will eventually make skiers comfortable in carrying Skis the proper way. One good way to carry your Skis is to place them on one shoulder with the tips in front. Point the tips of your Skis down while the tail is angled at 30-45 degrees. Hold your Ski Poles with one hand. When turning around, make sure there are no people who might get hit by the Skis. If you are in cramped spaces, hold the Skis securely together and position them vertically with the tips on top.
    Some backpacks have straps located on each side to accommodate extra pieces of gear. If your backpack has straps, these can be used to hold your Skis. Untie the backpack straps and put each of your Skis - tail first - on every strap. The toe piece of the binding should be above the top strap while the heel piece should be above the bottom strap. Secure your Skis by tightening the straps. Tie the tips of the Skis together with a string or rubber band to prevent them from sliding.
  3. Walking with Skis
    Try it on a flat snow surface. Once you are comfortable standing on your Skis, you can try walking. This is pretty similar to how we normally walk, except that you do not need to lift your feet. You just have to alternately slide your Skis forward. You can use your Ski Poles to help you in maintaining balance as you move. Make sure to move the opposite arm and leg forward in walking (just like in regular walking). As you walk, you can push forward very gently. If you already know how to move your arms comfortably, you can use your poles to push forward.
  4. Getting Up after a Fall
    -Position yourself in such a way that it will be easy for you to get up. Put your Skis parallel to each other and across the Fall line. Bend your legs so it will be easier to lift yourself. With one hand on the handles and your other hand above the baskets, put your Ski Poles in front of your body and plant the tips uphill.
    -Using your Ski Poles for support, slightly lean forward and push yourself upward with your hand near the baskets. -Move your lower hand near the handles for more support as you push yourself upright.
    -You have now completed the systematic way of standing up after a fall. Take note that due to gravity, it will be easier to get up on a steep slope than if you are on a flat area.
    Learning the right way of getting up after a fall can spare you from injuries and exhaustion. Though modern release bindings which are specifically designed to kick the boots out of the Skis during a fall can minimize the risks of getting yourself injured, it is still wise to know how to get up properly when the situation calls for it.
  5. How to Kick Turn
    -To start off, stand with your Skis parallel and keep them perpendicular to the Fall Line. Plant your Ski Poles uphill.
    -Swing your lower Ski forward and up, resting the tail on the snow and close to the tip of the other Ski.
    -Rotate the lower Ski 180 degrees, swinging the Ski back to the snow. Lean forward and slightly bend your knee. At this point, your Skis are facing opposite directions.
    -Slightly shift your weight to the lower Ski. Lift your other Ski and position it right next to the lower Ski. You now have both Skis facing the same direction.
    Rotating the Ski in the opposite direction can be uncomfortable for you. Try doing this maneuver on a flat area first or better yet, have someone assist you. Keep practicing and you will eventually get the hang of it.
  6. How to Side-stepping
    Since learning how to ski involves moving up and down the hill, knowing how to move uphill without having to remove your Skis will be very helpful as you learn the different basic moves on the slope. Know how to side-step and get comfortable doing it.
    -Simply position yourself across the Fall line of the slope. Make sure to position your Skis parallel to each other and perpendicular to the Fall line. Also, let your Ski edges dig into the snow. This will keep you from sliding.
    -Start making small steps. Slightly shift your weight on your downhill Ski. Step up with your uphill Ski and let its edge dig into the snow. You can also use your Ski Pole for added support.
    -Slightly shift your weight on your uphill Ski and then move your lower Ski upward. Again, you can use your downhill pole to maintain balance. Keep "walking" sideways until you reach the area where you want to be.
  7. Now Skating
    Knowing how to skate on the slope will teach you about balance, Ski control, and stability.
    -Find a flat area. Put your Skis in a V-position, that is, the tails are close to each other while the tips are slightly far apart.
    -Push off with your left Ski and then glide on your other Ski. Shift your weight on your right Ski and maintain balance.
    -Go back to your original position by moving your left Ski close to the other one.
    -Push off with your right Ski and glide on your other Ski. Shift your weight on your left Ski and stay balanced.
    -Move your right Ski close to the other. At this point, you should be back to your initial position. Once you are already familiar with Skating on flats, you can try doing it on gentle slopes
  8. Traversing
    Traversing on Skis is not that difficult. In fact, they say that you only need a specific destination and a maintained speed, and you can already ace this maneuver. Knowing how to make this maneuver is important because it is very useful such as when traveling in a narrow area and during linking turns.
    -Begin with finding the perfect end point. Then, go up the hill as high as possible. When you traverse, you will pick up speed which will be made possible by dropping down from a high elevation.
    -When you go down the hill, keep your speed. Having a maintained rate of speed will enable you to slide to where you want to go. If you want to traverse across flats, manage to have an aerodynamic position. You can achieve an aerodynamic position by stooping forward while you put your hands behind your back.
    -If you are traversing a steep section of the slope, go to the highest line. You can use your poles to move yourself forward. If you lose your momentum, just shift to skating when on flat slopes or to sidestepping if you are on steeper ones.
  9. Linking Turns
    As long as you have enough confidence in your Traversing skills, making your first turns should not be that scary anymore. Get comfortable moving with your Skis and practice traversing so you will be able to link turns smoothly and effectively.
    -Take note that you need to brush up your traverses first before linking turns. Start by traversing on moderate slope. Turn your head and torso to face the direction where you want to travel. Keep your knees bent and your center of gravity low.
    -Maintain speed while traversing. Paying attention to your speed will enable you to slide to where you are going.
    -Start your first turn by shifting your weight forward to point the tips of your Skis closer to the Fall Line. Notice that you will gain speed as you position the Skis downhill. At this point, you can always abort your turn by shifting your weight backwards slightly and moving your Skis perpendicular to the Fall Line.
    - Complete your turn by moving your Skis uphill - across the Fall Line. Turn your head and torso in the direction of your turn. Continue linking the turns until you can do it smoothly.
Practice makes perfect,, don't hesistate to practice to achieve the desired goal. Try to combine the steps above with the video below in order to obtain the most information about how to ski.

How to Ski Video
Below is also a video to help you learn how to Ski.

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