February 08, 2006

Skiing switch

Every now and then I play around with skiing backwards, or "switch" as those considerably younger and with baggier pants than me tend to call it... Each time I try I find that I get frustrated because seeing where you're going is surprisingly hard work and generally uncomfortable. I've just read an article on the BASI site and had one of those "d'oh!" moments...

It seems that the "trick" to riding switch and being able to see where you're going without having to be amazingly flexible in either the neck or the trunk is simply to ski with a slight forward back split. It's one of those things that's just SO obvious once you've tried it but that I never even thought of whilst travelling backwards on skis in Megève last week. Rather than being square on your skis and trying to achieve all of the required rotation with your trunk and neck (which is hard and uncomfortable) you simply allow the foot on the side you're looking over to be a half step to a step behind you and it's all so much easier...

The full article's here.

Article index here. This is well worth checking out as there's lots of advice on lots of different ski subjects; I found my way here due to my current "run away to the circus" mindset that has me investigating ski instructor courses etc...

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Posted by Len at February 8, 2006 07:18 PM | Categories: General
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