Skiing on the Mountain

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Tomas Sbertoli, Director of Snow Sports at Wintergreen Resort, demonstrates how to properly ski on a mountain.

    Tomas Sbertoli: Hi! I am Tomas Sbertoli, Director of Snowsports here at Wintergreen Resort in Virginia. Today I am teaching you how to ski. This next piece is the beginning introduction to turns. We are going to use the same style of wedge that we did earlier, just a straight gliding with a little wedge change up and then we are going to start playing with a little bit more wedge shift from one foot first and then the other. Let's try that out.

    Start with the gliding wedge, comfortable speed, and a little bit of a wedge change up, and just pressure one ski first and then the other, and you will see just some basic turns coming. The body stays quiet and it follows where the skis lead. We just allow them to come around nice and easy. After that, we will just keep that pressure on the foot a little bit longer and develop a bigger round of turn. Let's go give that a try next.

    Alright, so we practiced that little wedge change up into a subtle turn. Now let's see if we hold that pressure a little bit longer, we can get a nice round turn shape to develop. So again, it is good to start off with what you know. Little turns first and then just hold the pressure a little bit longer and finish the turn across the hill. What this does is this allows you start controlling your speed through turn shape. Each time I go into the fall line, there is a little speed increase. With an across the hill, it subsequently gives me a decrease in speed. Therefore, my wedge doesn't need to be quite as big as it was before, because the turn shape is now dictating speed control, rather than wedge size. Once you get comfortable with that, you are really ready to go out and play with that on the hill and start developing those higher levels of skiing like parallel and carving, but for now this should get you started. Enjoy.