Saturday, January 16, 2010

Skiing Moguls (2): Rhythm

Warren Smith, the leading ski instructor and coach, offers his top tips on improving skiing moguls. The Warren Smith Ski Academy is based in the Swiss resort of Verbier. During the summer, the Academy runs courses on the glacier above the nearby resort of Saas-Fee.
In this video, he talks about maintaining rhythm.



By Warren Smith (as published in Telegraph.co.uk)
A key element of mogul-skiing is rhythm. Rhythm is very important to help you flow, and get a feel for the terrain you are skiing on. And the best way to develop rhythm is through the pole-plant.
Pole-planting is often neglected by skiers. Most just rely on using their feet. But the more advanced your skiing – especially all-terrain skiing – the more important your pole-plant.
First practise making short-radius turns on piste. Try to make pole plants for a long time with exactly the same rhythm. It’s not as easy as it sounds. You need to develop your pole-planting skills to a level where even if your turn loses balance or rhythm, your pole-plant keeps going. In this case, it will actually help you get back into balance quicker.
When you feel you have reached this level of rhythm, take your improved technique into the moguls, and get more feeling, flow and ultimately rhythm out of your descent.