Moving Around on Skis

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Tomas Sbertoli, Director of Snow Sports at Wintergreen Resort, demonstrates how to properly move around on skis.

    Tomas Sbertoli: Hi! my name is Tomas Sbertoli. We're here at Wintergreen Resort in Virginia. Now that we've discussed the equipment and we're in it, let's talk a little about moving around in it, on the flat, getting used to feeling that gliding feet, feel underneath your feet. It's very important, you now slide rather than grip. When you are in your regular gym shoes, walk around on dry flat ground, it is a complete;y different feeling to when you put on a ski boot and lock into a pair of skis. You have that sliding feeling.

    So, to just get a feel for it, just slide your feet underneath you a little bit, get used to that feeling, lean back a little bit in the boots, lean forward in the boots a little and then kind of find a nice comfortable neutral stance, that athletic stance that we've talked about before, okay. Comfortable hand position, eyes always looking forward and we're able to glide and adjust our balance as we glide from this good athletic stance, alright.

    If I want to move around here and I position myself so that I can practice gliding, I am going to take small steps, the easiest way to do that is to use the middle, the tips of my skis, as opposite point and step the tails out in just a small V. You'll also see this position as the same position you'll use, when we get further in revealing this as a wedge to slow down and stop. We'll discuss that as we move forward. Using my poles for balance, I get myself lined up on, really not on much of a slope here. I am just going to glide straight ahead here, use my poles to get a little push and glide good athletic stance, and brush out, and there's my first stop. Good comfortable athletic stance, legs are out from underneath the body and the skis are now on edge. Two opposing edges dig in the snow and slow me down. After I've finished my wedge, come to a stop, again small steps out to the side, and from here, I've done my first glide and my first stop. Next thing we're going to try is side stepping up the hill.