Started by Cadnesaberdeen in Beginning Skiing 08-Jul-2018 - 1 Reply
im a newbie at this and wish to learn how to effectively stop when i want. lack confidence to go higher because of this.
The 'A frame/plough' technique is tiring on steeper slopes. Any help here? oh, i'm 62yrs, male. cheers
I think ultimately what you will be looking for is what is commonly called a hockey stop. But lets take it a step at a time.
From the plough, you will learn how to do the plough turn. Turns are the basic way of controlling your speed and at the beginner level you will usually do lots of turns and basically come down the mountain by crossing across the slope many times. Once you have mastered the plough turn, you will move on to what I know as stem christies and finally parralel turns.
The simplest thing to remember is that if you want to stop, simply keep your turn going until you start to go uphill, this will always slow you down, although you have to remember you may have a tendancy to start to slide backwards once you come to a stop going forwards
A hockey stop is simply an agressive turn where the skis are allowed to slide sideways with the edges acting like a brake. I'm sure you will have seen downhill skiers at the end of the run doing exactly this on tv.
I would strongly advise that you seek professional guidance if you are asking how to do something pretty basic on here. A few days with an instructor will give you so many benefits in the long run and should help you enjoy the sport even more, especially if you have only just taken it up towards the end of your mid-life.
There are plenty of videos around and I'm sure someone will have something better, but just to give you an idea here is one I just picked off of youtube
Topic last updated on 08-July-2018 at 20:16