What are tips for skiing

August 22, 2020 By: Thomas in Skitechnik

Skiing is an incomparable sport. Experience the thrill of speed, playing with balance, weightlessness when jumping and the freedom of deep snow skiing. It's never too late to learn to ski. The best way to do this is in a ski course under expert guidance in the ski school. For a first insight and convinced autodidacts, we have put together a crash course on the subject of "learning to ski". Find out how to use your equipment, make your first gliding experiences on skis and learn to turn. Are you ready for the slopes? Here do you plan your skiing holiday>

Ski school: 5 tips & exercises for learning to ski

They're all coming down. What sounds clumsy is the basic principle behind skiing. Through targeted loading and unloading of the skis, curves are driven and the speed is regulated. Gravity does the rest. What looks simple, but requires a lot of practice. Before you can enjoy steep slopes, mogul slopes and deep snow, we therefore recommend that you learn a few basic elements such as the V-step, “pizza” or “scooter riding”. You should also definitely take a look at the 10 FIS rules of conduct for skiers and snowboarders. In the following, Snowplaza has prepared five tips and exercises for you to help you get started with skiing. View the top 10 ski areas for beginners>

1. Get to know equipment

To learn to ski, you first need a pair of skis, ski boots and ski poles. Beginners should choose a shorter, easy-to-turn ski (body length minus approx. 20 cm). The skis are tucked together with the tip forward, either on the shoulder or under the arm. To choose the right length of the stick, hold the sticks upside down above the plate and support them. If the arm angle is slightly greater than 90 degrees, the stick length is perfect. An entry-level ski boot should be soft and comfortable.

2. Put your skis on properly

To put on the skis, the two stoppers on the side of the binding must point downwards. These prevent the ski from slipping if it should come loose. If the slope is slightly sloping, the skis are put down parallel to each other and across the slope. So they stay where they are. Then, starting with the downhill ski, simply click the shoes into the binding. The sticks can of course be used for stabilization. However, they should not be put through the loops because of the risk of injury.

3. Moving in the plane

Then you can start sliding and sliding. As a preliminary exercise, first push the skis back and forth on the level, hop, switch from the O- to the X-leg position and alternately lift one ski. Then comes the "scooter ride". To do this, take off a ski and slide on one leg like on a scooter. If that works well, you can make your first attempts at skiing on the flat with both skis in parallel ski guidance. Use the sticks to push off.

4. Shot travel on a slight slope

First of all, a suitable area with plenty of exercise space should be selected. The V-step goes uphill. To do this, simply alternate the skis like a "V" and move them into the snow. Then it goes down again by shooting. The skis should be shoulder-width apart and run parallel. Braking is done in the snow plow. To do this, the inner edges of both skis have to be pressed into the snow, the ski tips have to be guided inwards. From above it looks like a slice of pizza.

5. With the right turn around the curve

The first changes in direction are also made with a snow plow, preferably without sticks. In order to initiate the turn, the inner edge of a ski must be loaded. For support, you can bend your hands in front of the outside (stressful) leg and the upper body over the outside ski. Next, you can try to lift the inside leg during the exercise phase.

These are the right ski areas for beginners

The ski areas in the German low mountain range are ideal for beginners. These can be reached quickly, inexpensively and have predominantly beginner-friendly slopes. These include the Winterberg ski lift carousel in the Sauerland, the Feldberg lift network in the Black Forest or the Großer Arber ski area in the Bavarian Forest. In the Alps, Obertauern and the Tyrolean Zugspitzarena in Austria, the snow-sure Aletsch Arena in Switzerland and the family-friendly Kronplatz in South Tyrol are ideal for those first steps on skis. More choices? Here you can find all ski areas and places for skiing >>

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