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Ski Tips

Facing the force for better balance

That heavy feeling that you sometimes  get under your skis through a turn is the pressure building from traveling on an arc.  The best way to stay balanced is to align your body to face where these forces are coming from. 

Natural Balance

A lot of people try and balance from their head down and force a position while they’re skiing.  Try to be more aware of what you feel under your feet and balance from the snow up. 

Simplifying Steering

Keeping things simple in your skiing, constantly turning to manage direction and grip to deal with challenging snow and visibility. 

Skiing the bumps with speed

Skiing the bumps with speed can be really fun and really exciting.  Line choice is critical and so is being aware of the conditions. 

Keep your feet underneath you

Pushing your feet away or trying to get them away from you can make you fall to the inside of your turn right from the start causing you to lose edge grip and balance.  Keep your feet underneath you to help build a solid platform first and then move inside that platform. 

Creating a reference point for varied conditions

When the going gets tough that’s when you need to have a fallback plan.  Work on creating good feelings when the conditions are good and then use those as your goal for when the conditions get challenging. 

Tactical bump skiing

Skiing the bumps tactically by being aware of speed, line and turn shape.  Technique is important when skiing the bumps but you can set yourself up for success by choosing the right approach for the situation. 

Using the Inside Ski

This tip was pretty controversial when it was first released.  There are lots of ways to achieve certain outcomes on a pair of skis, try not to get hung up on one idea, be open to different concepts and you’ll continue to learn and improve.

Skiing the Steeps

Skiing the steeps can be an exhilarating experience and makes for a good challenge.  Here are a few tactics to help you better deal with steeper terrain situations.

Adapting your stance

Being able to adapt your stance makes it much easier to adapt to changing conditions, speed and turn shapes.  Stance width changes to allow for quickness or to help create stability. 

Turn shape

This tip talks about turn shape, how you create it, and why it’s important.  Being able to adjust turn shape is a skill that all good skiers have. 

Alignment and your skiing stance

Where you feel your balance come from is what has an affect on your alignment.  A lot of skiers balance from the head down, much like they’re walking on a tight rope.  Balancing from the snow up will leave you better aligned throughout the turn.  

Skiing in broken snow

Sometimes by the end of the morning on a powder you’ll find yourself skiing in broken or chopped snow.  Here are a couple of pointers to make this a little more manageable and fun. 

Pressure and balance

The heavy spot that you sometimes feel throughout the ski turn is the pressure that you’ve built up under your skis. Feeling that and being aware of it can help you be better balanced. 

Natural Lead Change

There are a few common misconceptions with regards to lead change.  So say that it’s bad, I think that depends on how it’s created. This tip is about how lead change is created and how it is a function of good balance.  

Finding balance on your skis

Skiing is all about balance but balance on your skis is not a position, it’s an action.  This tip talks about how to find better balance throughout the turn. 


With ski design the way that it is these days a few of us have become a little bit lazy and letting the skis do all of the work.  By adding a little bit more of a steering effort you’ll find that the ski technology is even better than you’d imagined.  


Skiing is an outdoor sport so sometimes the visibility can be challenging.  So what do you do?  Here are a few thoughts to help you deal with this challenging condition. 

Releasing your centre of mass

To be able to move into the top of the turn smoothly the edges and the COM need to release at the same time from the previous turn.  This tip will help you do that. 

Short Turns

A short turn is a useful tool in a variety of terrain situations.  Having a short turn in your repertoire will open up more terrain on the mountain for you as well as possibly get you out of a jam.  

Earlier Edge Grip

Early edge grip seems to be the fashionable thing these days.  This tip focuses on getting balanced early in the turn so that the weight moves to the outside ski and grip comes with it.