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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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!
This is definitely geared towards mature adults. Many kids and teenagers with their young minds and bodies can take on double black diamonds with little difficulty without getting a scratch on them, but an adult needs to use a lot of strategy and logistics to do so!
Riiigghhht, just wait until you get hit by a younger out of control skier. I've been hit a few times and every time it was when I was at the side of a steep waiting for someone. You think you're out of the way standing at the very edge but noooo! I think this video is very important for young skiers to pay attention to.
It's one thing taking on a double black diamond, but being able to ski it with rhythm and control is another thing entirely. A lot of youngsters fall in to the trap of thinking they're better than they are because they manage to get down a black.
Maybe you can help me here. I'm too lazy to read all the comments. I've been skiing 6 years now, 48 years old, and been skiing blues and higher only 3 years. I can handle single black diamonds (Alyeska standards) okay, but under one condition: if they're groomed and snow not falling like crazy. Ungroomed runs are difficult! I own skis that are the same as those ones you rent. Are those bulky fat ones with the curved tips really necessary to make it easier? I have a feeling it would be like carrying two lead weights on my legs.
Fat skis are cheaters. You want Scot Schmidt's 220cm sticks seen in Warren Miller's Ski Time (1983). Seriously, fats are easier. It's all about balance on the ungroomed. In deep snow, each turn is a greater potential range of motion because your tips & tails can dive in powder plus full weight on one foot will cause that ski to sink deep while the other skims the top. I've skied & snowboarded in 2 meters of fresh unconsolidated snow & it's fantastic, but also dangerous due to immersion suffocation. Start with 10-30 cm, maintain balance, & build confidence.
Hi Jon. Yes the wider off-piste skis do help float through deeper snow and essentially make it easier. They are not essential but do help. Having the extra width under your feet can take a bit of getting used to especially on-piste but when you're skiing powder the feeling is sensational and the extra size is not noticeable. Just keep the rhythm and momentum going.
For more tips on the basics of skiing powder check out our other films:
Hope that helps.
They aren't necessary to make it easier. Try to hold your ski's as close as possible against each other.
Never use a pizza point and keep enough speed to make your next turning.
It's also handy to lean a little bit backward, so you have more stability when there is something beneath the snow.
Freeride ski are good for skiing in deepsnow, they make it easier but it is possible with some practise to ski with regular ski's in deepsnow.
Ski School by Elate Media this looks like a better place. Alaska's Alyeska is not much of a learning curve for those that started skiing past their 20's if they want to tackle The North Face. That one is grueling!
Darren......I started with the first 3 videos on 12/11/15. My first slide was on the same day. I had never been on a ski ever in my life. Tip/Waist/Tail and DIN setting ????
By the end of Dec. I was proficient on Blue's. Over the next 4 months I skied the majority of our resorts 92 runs. Black diamonds,steeps,trees and powder. I also had 4 hour long group lessons as well. However,I have to say your lessons helped me more than anything else. I skied over 30 days with over half being 4-10 hr. days. I really got the "bug"!
This coming season I will concentrate on further refining my technique and reviewing these great videos. I am a success story of how a great series of videos with your instructor talent, got me enjoying this wonderful sport!! 95% self taught to boot.......thank you !!
Wow! I'm glad that we could be a part of such an amazing transformation and get you into such an awesome sport. We put a lot of time and effort into removing all the jargon and nonsense to make sure Darren delivers concise information that will help you learn how to ski. It's great to hear that it has helped.
Thank you for the positive feedback it makes it all worthwhile.
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I was amazed at how quickly these lessons help to build confidence. Even as a novice skier the steep gradients no longer feel scary when you just breathe and keep focused on the basic body positioning and foot rotation. Many thanks for such a well thought-out series!
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