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Ski Tips to Improve Balance and Edging

Another drill to practice keeping your arms relaxed in front of your body at about hip height is to ski without your poles. When you do this, keep your hands in front of you and down the hill, just where you would have your hands positioned with poles. This is what we are trying to do when we have our poles too. Just as you can move your hands easily without poles, you can also become more accomplished at refined hand movements with poles. Skiing without your poles, among other things, allows you to quiet your upper bodies, direct your center of mass down the hill and feel flowy. Try it on a trail you feel very comfortable skiing.

The things that I mentioned are the keys to feeling more confident skiing, conquering the steeps, bumps, and varying conditions.

Let me know if you have any tips to improve balance, turn shape, and edging. And we shall wait to hear what Mel thinks of this.

Read more New England Ski tips from Heather Atwell.

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Updated Thursday, January 24th, 2008

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2 Responses to Ski Tips to Improve Balance and Edging

  1. Mel Allen January 24, 2008 at 4:13 pm #

    Whew! An entire blog inspired by my taking off my shoes in Heather’s office, and seeing if I was using the right technique to edge. When you grow up skiing from early childhood, like Heather, all the edging techniques become as natural as speaking. I hope skiers everywhere get tuned into Heather’s blog here because she really knows this sport, and her enthusiasm about helping people enjoy New England’s mountains is infectious.

    I’d write more now but I’m headed down to Heather’s office for a lesson.

  2. David Barton August 2, 2009 at 3:51 pm #

    Nice article. I have included some more specific balance tips at my skiing blog at in a March 2009 post. I hope you can check it out!

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