The second movement to maintain balance in skiing.

Lower leg and spine are at parallel angles due to equal flex at ankle and hip joints. I’ve been in Canada for the past few weeks working with a former colleague on some of my personal methodologies for the instruction of skiing. It’s been an interesting an insightful time from a teaching perspective. To be…

The finer points of a pole plant in skiing.

A good pole plant will make your turns both easier and better. A bad pole plant on the other hand can be completely detrimental to your skiing. In fact, it’s almost better for you to NOT pole plant than to do a bad pole plant. Again, like most things in skiing, a pole plant is a…

Active inclination – an advanced edging skill.

  Active inclination at the start of a turn. Inclination is an active edging skill. Active means we have to consciously perform it. The opposite would be a passive movement. Flex your ankles (active movement) and your knees will flex (passive movement) as well. Inclination allows you to achieve that ‘oh-so-mysterious’ high early edge and it also…

The (incredibly) basic movement of edging – Little toe, big toe.

Edging is such a vast topic when discussed but at it’s core it is a ludicrously simple movement. The skill of edging, in isolation, starts with the inversion and eversion of our ankles. (Here’s an article on anatomical biomechanics if you’re into that stuff.) That’s fancy speak for rolling your feet from little to to big toe using our…

Get a grip on the basics of edging.

Edging is the skill of tilting the ski onto an angle against the snow. This skill when combined with the other skills (balance, twisting, etc) results in multiple effects. On its own, I like to simplify edging as giving skiers a grip on the snow. When we have a firm grip on the ground, other…

Taking decent skiing videos for analysis.

If you’ve ever been to a dance or yoga studio, you’ll notice there’s always a wall covered with mirrors. Now besides catering to the narcissist inside all of us, the mirrors serve as instruments of feedback and self-correction. The guy might actually feels like he’s doing what the instructor is doing, till he looks in…