Under Pressure – A top skiing drill

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“Under Pressure”

When we do any drill we have to ask the reasons why? How do we do it? Why do we do it? and What will be the outcome? A drill won’t miraculous change a problem straight away the idea is that you can feel a difference and start to join this new-found understanding/feeling into your skiing.

To make short or medium radius turns that are effective on steeper terrain the pressure on the new turning ski, the uphill ski, applied as early as possible before the fall line, straight down the hill, the earlier pressure applied the more grip you will have in the turn and this will enable you to control your speed more effectively. The turn will be less ‘skiddy‘ so you will experience much more ‘grippy’ turns.

So whilst on the hill pick up the top ski, make sure the tip of the ski is down, close to the snow and the tail of the ski picked up as far off the snow as you can. (See the demonstration video) 

The earlier you can put the top ski down and stand on that ski then pick up the downhill ski the better the effect on the turn will be. But to begin with just start to improve your balance by lifting the ski for as long as possible, then as you gain confidence start to play with when you can lift the ski up and when you can lift the downhill ski.

The effect on your skiing will be profound and by increasing the pressure on the ski early it will change the way you cope and adapt your skiing on more difficult skiing. Keep practicising this. If you would like to learn how to correctly complete these types of drills then book on a personal coaching session or course today.

Brian Evans SkiRight – Head Coach

Why ski in real snow indoor slopes

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Thanks to all the many people who contacted us to ask us about the benefit of Skiing on real snow indoor slopes such as Manchester’s fantastic Chill Factore. We asked our Head Coach Brian Evans to list the top 10 benefits. Real snow indoorslopes, like the superb Chill Factore are a great asset to developing your skiing;

  1. imagine they are your “snow gymnasium” a superb place to ‘work-out” by improving your skiing skills prior to your winter skiing holiday
  2. you can practice your new found skills in a closed environment i.e. that is non-threatening and a safe place.
  3. you can help buildmuscle memory where you achieve things instinctively rather than consciously thinking of them – imagine driving a car – do you consider pressing the clutch?
  4. the indoor slopes are a great place to try out new equipment making sure your boots do not hurt or the skis are set correctly, as well as trial the latest equipment, test your helmet or even get used to wearing goggles if it’s your first time.
  5. get some lessons with a professional instructor who can help you develop new skills and improve some techniques that are causing you difficulty – leaving you ready for the mountain
  6. to help develop better posture and thus balance. Then incorporate some appropriate movements and your skiing will develop even more.
  7. take a chance to develop your skills through race training, moguls or freestyle all of these will help your technique
  8. enjoy a great social scene and make new friends and network with fellow skiers, find out what are the hot new places to ski.
  9. for all those parents wondering what to do with their children in the summer holidays there are some excellent all day ski camps, which means you can get on the slope and get some time in as well
  10. you can ski all year around and enjoy the quieter times in the summer, when you can max out your skiing time without the queues and the hassle, enjoy some fantastic offers and get yourself ski ready for the winter. Enjoy the forthcoming season.

SkiRight offers individual high quality coaching and development for skiers wishing to improve their technique and build new skills.

Personal Coaching and Development success

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Well done to Heather and Jonathan on your personal coaching and development session with our Head Coach/Instructor Brian Evans at Chill Factore, Manchester. A superb session and smiles all round. Your skiing really improved and you did very well. We really look forward to seeing you both very soon.

Personal Coaching & Development success

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A big well done to Paul on his One to One Personal Development Coaching Sessions at Chill Factore, Manchester, with our Head Coach/Instructor Brian Evans. Paul came to SkiRight with a request to help him solve some bad skiing habits and Paul has done just that. Over just two personal coaching sessions Paul has improved tremendously and is now foucsed on continuing this improvement with the goal of attempting a SSE Level 1 Alpine Instructor course in the autumn/winter. Paul has been a joy to teach and ski with and we look forward to seeing him back with us very soon. Well done Paul you smashed it!.

Parallel Practice makes Permanent

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How is your parallel skiing?  Have you hit a plateau? Are you still stemming? Are you nervous when skiing?

If you have answered yes to any of the above, then we can help.

Head Coach Brian takes a look at what skiing with a stem means and how we can change this to skiing parallel. When we turn we have a stem, or a small wedge, or small snowplough – these are the same thing. The reason for this occurring is that you initiate the turn by steering the outside ski first and leaving the inside ski where it was thus creating a stem turn.To change this and to improve, press on the outside ski early. Imagine you have a small orange under the ball of your foot. Now, squeeze all the juice out of the orange by pressing down firmly, then focus on steering both feet, the secret here is to rotate the inside ski at the same time as pressing on the outside ski, practice this and you will turn parallel.

Always learn new techniques on a gentle hill or an indoor ski slope, where you are comfortable and it is initially not somewhere to challenging.  Once you have acquired the new skill and you have gone through the “practice phase” try this new skill on a slightly steeper or more challenging slope. If however, it fails to deliver, then take it back to the easier slope and practice again.

Remember: Practice makes Permanent, not perfect. So consider a structured course or 1 to 1 coaching to give you the skills you need to build confidence. Remember, confidence comes from relying on your skill, from enjoying the moment and by being safe and having fun, please keep this in mind. Learn in a safe environment, to ski faster and to stand on the new turning skier earlier and you will start to sense your skill developing but more importantly, your confidence will grow with each turn

Use the summer time, when the indoor slopes are quite to develop both your skill and confidence so you can take your skiing to the next level in the forthcoming winter. If you are nervous, about trying this you can try our “Parallel Perfection” course or one of our “Confidence Courses”, for nervous skiers.  The best way to build confidence is to develop your skill. Once you come to believe in your skill more, your confidence will grow and grow.

The importance of early pressure

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Head Coach, Brian provides a top key ski technique and drill to improve your skiing. One of the most important skills when skiing is not only to be able to turn your feet but also to be able to pressure the ski early on before the fall line.This is a fundamental technique in developing your skiing skills and to enable a higher level of performance. So, try picking up the uphill ski (keeping the ski tip down, and the tail of the ski up, to ensure pressure is maintained toward the front of the skis). You are now balanced on the downhill ski.

When you change direction, put down the uphill ski and stand on that ski, then pick up the downhill ski and repeat this exercise down the slope. This will in effect put pressure on the new turning ski, the uphill ski.This is a great ski tip to help develop short turns on steeper terrain. To learn and practice this and other great techniques book on one of ski courses today and ski right all of the time.

Ski carving tips

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Many thanks to those people who contacted us to ask for a top tip on Carving. Head Coach, Brian Evans says; point your skis directly down the fall line – straight down the hill. Then rather than turn your feet, as usual, put both skis  on their edges, in other words put both knees into the turn but without steering. This will engage both skis and they will steer through the arc of the turn without you turning your feet. You will leave clear pencil/railway lines in the snow any scrubbing of lines means you turned your feet. If you want to learn more techniques like this take a look to our Carving Course.