Skiing is a pretty dynamic sport, the snow conditions change throughout the day, the slope varies from run to run and the weather is also a pretty big factor that you often need to adjust to. However, even with all these inconsistent elements there’s one consistent feeling that you can try to create that will help you deal with whatever the mountain throws at you. Simply put, it’s standing in the middle of your downhill ski.
One of the best times to go bump skiing is in the spring. Spring skiing enthusiasts called the snow conditions that you sometimes get at that time of year “corn” snow because of its kernel like texture. This type of snow makes the bumps really soft and exciting to ski because when you hit them they often explode like popcorn popping.
The other day I was skiing with some people and we were working on parallel skiing. We were focusing at the start of the turn because that’s where something new needs to happen. To turn your skis parallel you need to simply do that, turn them together. Sounds easy enough eh? Well, it is if you can do one thing first, your skis need to be flat against the snow.
A pole plant is a useful tool, here’s a couple things to keep in mind to make sure you’re using it effectively. A well timed pole plant can give your skiing a smooth and effortless feeling. To make sure that it’s happening in the right spot try to imagine that the plant is the last thing that you do with your turn, after the plant you move on to the next turn. Keep your poles moving by matching the speed that they move forward with the speed that you’re bending your legs at the end of the turn.