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The 6 Steps to Effortless Skiing(by Craig McNeil)

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The 6 Steps to Effortless Skiing

By Craig McNeil

http://howtoski.net/sub_6steps.html

After teaching skiing for over thirty years I've come up with 6 steps that I feel every skier needs to know regardless of their ability. I call these the "Six Steps to Effortless Skiing."

The mind can only think about one thing at a time when we are skiing. Using the six steps will help you to focus on the positive aspects of your technique. I recommend starting with number one and work on it until it becomes subconscious. After you can do it without thinking about it move on to number 2, and so on. These steps can be used from beginner through expert. Once you get to advanced levels I modify some of these techniques and add certain elements, which I explain in my book, How to Ski the Blues and Blacks,Without Getting Black and Blue.

How would you like to ski like Harb?

You can, follow the steps.

STEP 1 - Lift and Tilt
As you begin to make turns, use the inside ski to initiate or start the turn. "Lift" the tail of the inside ski of your turn and "tilt" the ski and boot towards the little-toe side. Keep the ski tip on the snow. As you "lift and tilt", draw the feet closer together and keep the lifted ski as close to the snow as possible. Focus more on the "tilt" than on the "lift". As you begin to incorporate the "lift and tilt" into your turns, cue yourself vocally. Say out loud to yourself, "lift" when you lift the ski and "tilt" when you tip the boot to the little-toe side.
         
Lift the left ski, keep ski tip on snow and feet close together          
Tilt left ski to the little toe edge, keep ski tip on snow and feet close together
         
Lift the right ski, keep ski tip on snow and feet close together         
Tilt right ski to the little toe edge, keep ski tip on snow and feet close together

STEP 2 - Right Ski, Left Ski
Right ski, left ski "Right Ski" or "Left Ski" are the words we use to indicate which ski will initiate or start the turn. From Step 1, we know that "Lift and Tilt" causes the action of the turn, and that we are using the inside ski to start each turn. The ski that you "lift and tilt", either the "right ski" or "left ski", is the direction in which you'll turn. To turn to the right, we use the "Right Ski"; to turn to the left, we use the "Left Ski". Once you can vocalize "lift and tilt" over the course of an entire run, switch to saying "Right Ski" or "Left Ski".

If you ski with your weight on your heels (or no flex at the ankle) or with straight legs, you will not be able to feel the edge under your foot that will give you edge control. Look at the good skiers. Notice they maintain the same speed from turn to turn, not too fast, not too slow. There is a consistency throughout the course of their run. However, don't confuse speed with tempo. Tempo is synonymous with the type of turn you make. The analogy that I use is the metronome, the instrument that helps you keep time when learning to play the piano. The clicks are either fast or slow, and it is the same with your turns. Regardless of the type of turn you make, whether a large sweeping GS turn or short, quick rapid turns down the fall-line, your speed remains the same.
At the beginning and intermediate levels, your concern is speed control. It takes effort and concentration to keep your speed, not only in check but the same on each turn. At the advanced and expert levels it is about directing the energy or "flow" that your skis produce.

Once you know how to make your skis work for you there is an "oscillation" that comes from the camber and torsion of your skis on each turn. Skiers who appear to make effortless turns are in this flow. Flow is taking the momentum from one turn and directing it into the next. It is through this subtle use of the edge that keeps your speed and overall momentum the same. The idea of flowing from one turn to the next is a bit esoteric for most skiers but it is something that everyone can experience. And, once you do you'll want to do it on each and every turn you make.

STEP 3 - Control Your Speed
The essence of ski mastery is to be able to control your speed regardless of terrain. To control your speed you must know how to control your edges. As you start a new turn you release the uphill edges and flatten both skis. Once the skis are flat, use the "lift and tilt" (Step 1) to begin the new turn. Balance and stand on the entire foot of the stance (outside) leg as that ski tips on edge. When you are on the edge of the ski you have a platform under the foot. Maintain your balance and ride the ski completely through the turn.

STEP 4 - Exhale on every turn
Open mouth and vocalize the "ah" sound,Rather than holding the breath through the turn!

Exhale on every turn Exhale each time you tilt the inside ski to the little-toe edge and ride it through the turn. Open your mouth and exhale, squeezing the air out from the lower abdomen. Vocalize the "ah" sound. This is important for the same reason you vocalize "right ski, left ski". Sustain the exhale as you balance on the outside ski and ride it through the turn.

STEP 5 - Look ahead
To start, practice looking down the hill at least one turn in front of where you will make your next turn; two or three turns ahead is ideal. When you know where you will make your turn it is easier to direct your flow and momentum from your skis and the turn you just made.

STEP 6 - Keep your rhythm constant
The secret to keeping your rhythm constant is, once you start turning, keep turning. The ski is designed to work for you. Use Steps 1 and 2 to help establish a rhythm as soon as you start moving. If you don't start with a rhythm you'll never get it once you start moving. You must find your rhythm on your first few turns and keep it going throughout your run. Once you lose your rhythm when you are moving it is hard to get it back. When you stop turning, but continue sliding down the hill, you stop working the skis. To get the rhythm back you must stop and start again.

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发表于 2010-1-4 18:42:48 | 显示全部楼层

啊啦叮?是否当年主持烧包大会的那位?经典名句:“忽然,天空飘过来一片云~~~”

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发表于 2010-1-30 18:11:23 | 显示全部楼层

是他嘛

那可是给米国服务的
The 6 Steps to Effortless Skiing(by Craig McNeil) 啊啦叮 2010-01-04
啊啦叮?是否当年主持烧包大会的那位?经典名句:“忽然,天空飘过来一片云~~~” 广佬冒 2010-01-04
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