Sunday, January 17, 2010

Skiing Moguls (3): Speed Control

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 advises on how to control speed.

By Warren Smith (as published in
To ski moguls effectively, it is essential to be able to control your speed. One of the biggest problems for most skiers is accelerating after one or two turns. It’s a hard habit to break, because most of your turns before mogul-skiing have been geared towards carving on piste and involve edging your skis to keep control.
The first thing you need to do is become aware of how much you are edging – and then to turn with reduced or very little edge angle. You’ll notice that as soon as you reduce the angle of your edges, the skis won’t accelerate so much as you go through the turn.
In fact the turn becomes predictable, and you get a feeling of control – even though you are actually skidding. Get used to this new sensation by practising it on a piste.
Once you have developed your skidding technique, take it back into the moguls. You should feel more relaxed, and have much more time to actually think about skiing the moguls, rather than just surviving them.