HOW TO SKIING STEEP SLOPES A BEGINNERS GUIDE

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UPPER BODY

Focus your eyes and upper body down the slope. The lower body should do the work of the turns, but the upper body should remain in a stable position.

Bouncing around and upper body flailing throws off balance. The upper body should be perpendicular to the slope and tilted slightly down the hill, rather than up the hill into the slope.

HANDS

To ski steep slopes requires that the hands stay in front of the body. Do not let them stray to your hips or worse yet, behind your hips. When the hands move back, so does the fanny, which throws balance out of whack.

If the hands stay in front, you’ll maintain a more successful body position. In fact, look for your hands in the periphery of your vision. If you can see them, then they are in a good location.

HEAD

Keep the head up rather than looking at your feet. Look down the slope aiming for where you want to go rather than the few inches in front of your skis. Keeping the head up promotes better balance.

SKELETAL-BASED POSTURE

A balanced posture is critical to your success. Maintaining a correctly stacked posture is primarily the job of the skeleton. Getting out of a stacked posture resorts to muscle support for skiing, and muscles tire quickly. Bones don’t tire, so rely on the skeleton for support.

STEP 2: MASTER PREREQUISITE SKILLS

Before launching on steep slopes, plan to master several skills on easier intermediate groomed runs. Once you can execute these maneuvers, only then is it time to notch up the pitch of the terrain.

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