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"SKIING IS A SLIDING SPORT": a skiing web manual
 Tactics for Terrains and Snow Textures and Racing--

by Bill Jones, Ski Instructor
Certified Professional Ski Instructor (Registration #110478), Level III
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"What is advanced skiing?" the student asked the instructor.  "Linking your recoveries," was the answer.


Variables we manage in skiing include our equipment, our bodies, skiing mechanics or technique, weather factors, slope gradients, snow textures, pathways, our attitudes, and our buddies. It has been observed that, somewhat like snowflakes, no two ski days are alike. And so we manage these variables by applying appropriate tactics--choosing best from the variables we control. A tactic, for instance, would be to take a less steep portion of a ski run and one without trees if our technique could not assure we could make the turns and speed management required.. Another one would be to go into the bar should the weather turn grossly sour. But some skiers find their greatest enjoyment while successfully managing the situations they find in nature, reveling in the variety, rather than skiing more predictable terrain with repetitive movements. Aggressive tactics might include applying appropriate technique to situations such as racing, powder, bumps, icy, steep, shallow-angle, or groomed snow.

If we have an adequate skill pool, we can implement a forward or centered stance, wide-apart legs or pressed- together legs, rapid or paced or variable body movements, steeply- or shallowly-banked or angulated body, angulation choices at shoulder/hip/knee/ankle, tall or low stance, flexion/extension factors, countered- or squared-stance, rotation or counter-rotation or split rotation, outside-ski or inside-ski or even pressure, one-ski or two-ski pressure, upper-body/lower-body separation or full-body, torso- or leg- or full-body rotation, and more.. These choices will give us various results such as carved or skidded turns, fast or slow speeds, long- or short-radius turns, consistently- or variably-arced turns. And if we choose well enough the effect will be making ski runs that are satisfying and enjoyable, falls that are avoided, and races that are won.

The wise skier said, "In skiing, there are things (positions, movements, pressures) that we create and things that we allow; we should not create those things which we could and should allow."

Overview--you are on this page
Skiing Groomed Snow
Skiing Hard Snow/Ice

Skiing Among Trees
Skiing Narrow trails
Skiing Moguls (Bumps)
Skiing Powder Snow

Skiing Cold Snow-Warm Snow/New Snow-Old Snow
Skiing Spring Snow
Skiing Steeps
Skiing Gates/Racing


"SKIING IS A SLIDING SPORT"--a skiing web manual:     Skiing Web Manual Contents   Why Read This Skiing Web Manual   That First Skiing Lesson   A Little Skiing History   Motion in Skiing  Conventional Skiing Wisdoms  Skier Excuses   Fear in Skiing  Conditioning for Skiing  How Skis Work   Equipment and Technique  Skiing Equipment  How to Develop Balance on Skis  A Skiing Turn Simplified  The Final Skiing Skill: pressure management  TACTICS FOR TERRAINS and SNOW TEXTURES and RACING   Skiing Tips and Tales--a potpourri    Exercises for Developing Skiing Skills  Children and Skiing  Age and Skiing   Gender & Skiing  Culture & Skiing Skiing Ethics and Slope Survival  Slope Safety Skiing Environment  Glossary  Videos and Apps    Acknowledgements SkiMyBest Website Contents  

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