Wide Stance
Started by Andyoneil in Ski Technique - 52 Replies
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Trencher wrote:
andyoneil wrote:I bought new boots 2 years ago and spent 4 hours with the boot fitter so I hope its not boots (though I'm willing to accept it could be)

Should I go see a different fitter - maybe in resort?

Should be able to rule that out then.

So are you wedging a little bit and riding the inside edge of both skis?

I think that's a fair summary of what happens - as I lose confidence I have a tendency to wedge and then snap myself out of it by "having a word" with myself!
When I was taught, we were told to do up and down action. Approach the turn, plant the pole, stand up and then move down and a nice in control turn

Is this method still taught or required on the modern design ski?
Glad you said that. Might sound the wrong way round. When I have difficulty on a slope a always stop, take a breath and revert to this. Didn't want people thinkin the same as I think when people pass me skiing like their ankles are tied together....that is so 10 seasons ago

Wish I had the luxury of being able to decide not to ski dependent on the weather!!!
Andy, I learned to ski in 2001 and was told to keep feet shoulder width apart. Its only tall French men who ski standing bolt upright with their feet perfectly together, and they look silly anyway )

Nothing wrong with the wide stance. However, some good advice on this thread. Like you, I try to and WILL ski anything that someone puts me on. Might not be the prettiest but I'm confident in my own ability, and attack it. I'm not thick set or particularly strong or even very fit, but I DO think hard about how I might look if I was being flimed (when the slope I'm on allows me time to think like that) and I have to say that pole planting turns has enabled me to ski faster, more confidently and also look a lot better as well.

Like the man said, get on a nice slope you know well enough and have a bit of a mess about with your own technique. Sometimes just trying things you dont normally do suddenly gets something clicking in the old grey matter.

However, remember, us recreationals are there to enjoy it and max the ski time.

If you want to see a tall frenchman skiing with his legs together - watch this vid.

OldAndy wrote:If you want to see a tall frenchman skiing with his legs together - watch this vid.

Looks rubbish. If he was any good, they'd have named a ski area after him or something.....

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