Skiing Partner Basics
Skiing doesn't necessitate a partner in the same way, say, climbing does. However, skiing alone all the time can get boring and finding a skiing partner is the best way to shake up your mountain time. The skiing partner you find should be someone with a comparable level of experience. If you're a level eight, mogul skier, there is no use in commiting to a level one, bunny hill skier. You want someone who is going to want to attempt the same mountains as you and who will be able to keep up if you are going for a long ski. A skiing partner is someone you feel comfortable following, but is also someone willing to let you lead. You and your ski partner can switch off who breaks trail. There needs to be a level of symbiosis; you both should equally benefit from your partnership. You and your ski partner can create a car pool system, so there it more than one driver for your ski trips. Besides, falls are easier to recover from when there is someone to help you up! Stay inspired and find a skiing partner today.
Finding a Ski Coach
Most everyone has to take a few skiing lessons his or her first time on the slopes. After a few trips to the mountain, however, most everyone forgets about taking lessons. When skiing is no longer a challenge or when you've tired of the same slopes, find a skiing coach to rev up your ski trips and perfect your technique. First decide what type of skiing you would like to do or what type of tricks you want to learn. Do you want to ski moguls? Would you like to learn how to curve better?
Search for coaches with certification from the United States Ski Coach Association. There are three levels of certification; the third level requiring the greatest amount of study and testing. Ask your coach how long they have been skiing, what their ski resume looks like and whether any of their former students have gone on to compete. Skiing coaches are usually freelancers, so even a world class competition ski coach will take recreational students from time to time.
Take one lesson as a litmus test. Your ski coach should be encouraging, positive, and inspiring. You will want someone who can articulate criticism effectively and also can create valuable lesson plans based on your skills and needs. Hiring a skiing coach should be a positive and fun experience. Within a few lessons, you should have some new tricks and skills to show off.
Take your skiing to new heights by learning some free style skiing skills. Free style skiing involves snow ski jumps and moguls. There are two types of free style skiing: traditional and "new school". In traditional free style skiing, skiers perform aerial jumps that involve spins, grabs, and crosses. Traditional skiing also utilizes moguls or humps and mounds of snow. "New school" free style skiing is a bit more dangerous and is often categorized as an extreme sport. In "new school" skiing, skiers attempt half pipes, big airs and rail slides.
Free style skiing is not for beginner skiers. Before you can attempt any ski tricks, you have to be proficient at all the basics of skiing including downhill, carving and turns. Do not attempt skiing tricks or stunts without proper instruction. Look for a free style instructor at the ski resort you frequent. Take some time to watch free style skiers on the web and TV.You have to be in good shape to do free style skiing. Flexibility and core stability are two important fitness requirements for free style skiing. To develop your flexibility and strength, take some of your ski training to the gym. You can try this Core Workout for Athletes.
Cross Country Skiing
Cross country skiing is one of the easiest forms of skiing to learn. It is also very inexpensive and a great cardiovascular activity. Cross country skiing gives you the opportunity to traverse beautiful landscape with ease and speed.
There are three skiing techniques that cross country skiers primarily use. The classical technique involves a diagonal stride in which the skies remain parallel to each other. Skating technique is similar to ice skating. When using a skating technique, skiers push outward on the ski to drive the inner edge against the snow. Skating technique is only done on surfaces with smooth snow. The last technique, telemark is used in downhill cross country skiing on off-piste trails or trails that haven't been compacted.
If you are considering cross country skiing, take a few lessons first. Be sure you know what you will need to pack for your cross country skiing trip. Cross country trips are a lot like going on a hiking trip, so think of bringing a small bag with necessities and safety items. Cross country skiing is also a great partner or group activity. You can look for or create a Cross Country Skiing Group on FitLink.