Snowsports are one of the most difficult types of physical activities there is. But it would be a mistake to overlook not only the physical but emotional benefits of, for example, skiing. That first glance at a mountain you are about to conquer, that speed that stops all the mind chatter and focuses you in the present moment, that sharp turn that allows you to brush fresh snow with your fingertips as you glide, and a body of an athletic god or goddess. And these are only a few advantages worth mentioning to pick your interest. But how do you get to the level of a confident skier if you’ve never tried it before? Well, thanks to the skiing simulator by SkyTechSport training off-season and/or indoors has become a piece of cake. Not the physical effort part of course, but the availability of realism of skiing. You can either get a skiing simulator for yourself to exercise your technique or visit a place that has one and set up routine visits. For more info check out SkyTechSport.com.
Either way you choose, make sure you understand some basic lingo, and can adapt your instructor’s comments while practicing. So, if this is your first time skiing or even putting on a skiing gear, bear no fear, we’ll hook you up with the basics in no time.
First thing’s first. Skiing involves a great variety of joint rotation, some flexibility, and strong body motion. Stamina and strength will build up in time if you’re consistent with your practices, so don’t worry about that part. But understand that this is a full physical workout. Make sure you are ready for it. If you have any preexisting conditions get a greenlight from your physician first. Otherwise, get your sweat suit on, we’re about to start the downhill dive.
Choose skiing gear appropriately. Since you are just a beginner and need to establish a proper technique first, we’ll skip the part of picking your skies and instead focus on the skiing boots and basic body motion exercises. When getting your first pair of skiing boots to make sure that it fits, and boots are buckled properly. Boots should fit snug and make contact with the entire foot and ankle. Ski boots and equipment are foreign to those who have never skied. A person’s first experience wearing ski boots will feel awkward, as the boots will limit the range of motion in the ankle joint.
The following exercises will aid in developing mobility and comfort in ski boots:
4. The importance of balance and athletic stance. By adopting these elements of a basic athletic stance with weight evenly distributed laterally and fore/aft on both feet will help you gain an understanding of body control:
5. Direct pressure from foot to foot will enable you to transfer weight side to side from one foot to the other. It’s a pretty straight-forward exercise that looks like this:
Step from one foot to the other (with minimal movement
in the torso)
Flex ankle (dorsi flexion), of the weighted foot
Lift inside foot/knee up toward skier’s torso