In this lesson ski instructor Darren Turner takes a look at three key skills to help you learn how to ski steep runs: edging, foot rotation and body separation.
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The part he means about pushing the body forward it is specifically
Keeping hips forward
Upper torso separation and keeping shoulder upright and facing downhill unless you are traversing or slide across the mountain
I'm new to skiing, at 67, and have watched lots of tutorials here
and I have to say yours are definitely some of the best!
After approximately 20 days (nights) of ski, I want to know how to
manage icy spots on, say, difficult intermediate slopes.
What's best to do when I feel my downward ski begins to run
away from me with that unpleasing sound?
Flatten my skis and "getting lighter"? Edging on ice is...scary.
I have used that helmet a few times so far trying to be brave!
Well, ski season is about to end for me, but I think I have found an answer to my question: Practice!
On my recent ski nights, slopes were so crunchy/icy I could hardly hear my hi-volume music!! What helps me the most so far:
Relax, light on my skis, looking a few meters ahead to pick softer spots where a nice turn is possible. Breathe! Relax! Be confident and go with the slope
It' so great to realize how my feet and ankles control so much!
I've had a few group lessons earlier, but watching all those YT videos helped a lot more!
It also takes a lot of Angulation, as well as the commensurate amount of Inclination to execute these turns properly on the steep . . . without these ingredients, along with " Verticle Motion " (all of which are demonstrated here) . . . initiation, turn shape (in the controlling phase), and turn completion will quickly unravel on the steep !
I was expecting to see an expert level instruction. But, the explanation about pole plants and upper body separation were excellent. These are skills that should be taught AT THE SAME TIME as “make pizza skis”. and I don’t mean that as a back handed remark against this video at all.
I see instructors demonstrating how to turn using this tin pants style, arms 90 degrees I guess for balance for “intermediates”. Knees stay in one position so no unweighting, no pole plant at all and no edging. It looks like they are teaching to just foot steer with no attention to separation.
The best advice I ever got as a young 16 year old intermediate was from an old guy on a short chairlift ride who simply said; “kid, keep your shoulders square to the lodge and hands in front no matter which way your skis turn.” The second best advise was to “plant your pole”. 47 seasons later and I’m still working at it.
Thanks again. I literally learned to ski from scratch using this series of videos. Love the irony at around 3 minutes with the guy in the background leading the turn with his body, the absolute antithesis of the lesson itself.
This is a good, simple lesson. The importance of keeping your upper body perpendicular to the fall line cannot be overstated. Even on regular runs but especially on steep runs and critically on steep runs in deep snow you have to keep your energy forward. If your balance gets off your weight goes back and you can't get your heels rotated. Might mention that the poles are an axis around which you rotate and also a timing device to help keep the rhythm of weighting and unweighting. Thank you.
+mach ran I suspect you're kidding with me but the fall line is the line a ball would take if you rolled it down the hill. The steepest part, the shortest distance to the bottom. Every slope has one and you need to keep your upper body square to this. This prevents you from using your arms to swing yourself around to turn which would make you off-balance and unweight your skis properly. By just doing this one thing AND keeping your hands out in front of you, your skiing improves dramatically. You'll feel the difference.
he seems to come from racing,nice explainations, but when you see him ski ,it`s sort of naja...his hips don`t seem to be right,downhill knie always a bit too straight and his hips-oh had that one..don`t know what else it really is -just not on point...
moving the weight onto the new outside ski before flattening is also essential, should be step 0. otherwise you cant flatten the skis in the first place to start the next turn. skiing is a race to the outside ski.
The resort is Serre Chevalier in the Southern French Alps. Long way to go but worth it as you avoid too many English voices, it's pretty snow sure (lots of stuff above 2k metres and north facing slopes) and the runs are beautiful among the trees which grow higher than other resorts as they're larch.
I'm a snowboarder, never skied and want to know why y'all have poles? I mean if you don't pole plant you cant link your turns or lose balance? What are you pole planting in powder? BTW the poles make you look retarded
Rotating the leg? we say turn the legs here. Rotation is something totally different, in a bad way. Rotation is a 4 letter word in skiing.You need to have separation of upper /lower body to maintain grip
I went skiing once when young and 5 times in the last 2 years. I watched and imagined doing drills Mr. Turner covers in these videos during times between skiing and taken one beginner ski lesson. I am tremendously grateful for the time, care, and expertise put into these videos and to the effort of the beginner ski lesson. I have progressed in the past 5 sessions: Greens, Blues, Blues, Easy Black, Blacks with bumps. Yesterday when I looked up at a mogul run that I navigated under control (though slow) without falling or being erratic I really felt accomplished and had so much fun. The Parallel turn (this video) and steeps video probably did me the most good but the others built the base. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
As a midwesterner, I may ski thrice a year and see plenty of ice. I kind of bootlegged a warmup run but it would be nice if you made an actual video for the now and then skier (1x-3x a year). Currently I pick a blue for the first run start super slow with hockey stop after hockey stop for the first third, speedy parallel turns for 2nd third, then straight speed to hockey stops last third. I feel after that I can move safely about but my skiing is probably rubbish :) Do you have a standard warmup for hacks? What about the bumps? How do you warm up for that other than just be mentally ready? The bumps definitely punish when I am not focused and show weakness in my tactics.
I don't think this necessarily needs to be an "expert" lesson. A lot of these tips were given to me by my ski instructor, and I only ski blues. It's just good form and keeps your speed in check regardless of your level. Also just a suggestion: during these lessons can you show what it looks like when you're doing it badly/wrong? It's really helpful to be able to visually identify when you're doing it correctly or not.
Amazing video! I am working my way to a blue-black and was curious to how you manage steep hills, turns out when I was on a green that I made those movements that you would on the steep hills when I'd get nervous, so if I was doing that on a green, I should be able to do it on a blue-black.
Hi ! My skies are a bit longer than they should be based on my height. Since I know that longer skies are used for faster skiing, it must be possible to gain control over them. Do you have tips for that ? Thank you in advance !
Great video and very useful tips. Are you emphasizing the movements for demonstrating purposes? I noticed there seems to be a little more snow being kicked up towards the back of the ski (almost skidding- 4:40) rather than pure carving with the front or the entire entire ski. When I release my edges I try not to stop quite as much so each turn flows a little more. It's probably just because you are on a steep- hard to judge the grade in a video. Anyway- enjoyed the video and learned something new!
Oh hell yes! This is a breakthrough video for me. Im a regular hockey skater going skiing for the first Time next week. this was was I was most curious about.
Question: how demanding is skiing on your ankle and feet muscles? Hockey skating can be brutal, but I noticr ski boots really anchor the lower legs tightly... Does this mean the movemens are more from the upper legs? Hip groin, butt...
Darren, where are you stationed? next winter i would like to come to take lessons in person. i am in New York. how much would it be for 2 weeks of group lessons? i don't think i can afford private lessons for two weeks
so i'm back into skiing after a 20 year hiatus. (started surfing and that was it...). I'm Swiss ski school trained even took some racing classes in my youth. I had no problem getting back into skiing, went down double black diamonds in Snowbird, effortless. But I realize I have that oldschool technique (pre parabolic skis). I guess I shift my weight too much even lift my skis on very tight slalom turns. Any tips to adapt to the "new" style? Ps: great channel!
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