Ski Tips #009 - Stance Versatility


You know there’s a lot of talk these days about skiing with a wide stance. If you’ve taken a lesson in the last few years there’s a good chance that you’ve been told to get your feed apart so that you can get better edge grip. This is a good thing for carving, that’s for sure, but skiing with a wide stance all the time maybe isn’t always the best thing in all situations. What you want/need is versatility in your stance width so that you can be more adaptable and adjust as the situation dicatates.

As I’ve mentioned a wide stance is good for edging and skiing at high speeds. The width gives you stability and it also tends to lower you a bit and that also contributes to the stability. I tend to ski with my feed a bit wider apart when I’m in a GS race course or I’m crusing on the groomed runs, I also try to have a bit of a wider stance when I ski the steep stuff.

So, is a narrow stance ever useful? It most definitely is. A narrow stance, your feet being a bit closer together, gives you mobility and quickness. That’s useful in situations like skiing in the bumps, in the trees and in the awesome Okanagan Champagne powder that we’re getting right now up here at Big White. Next time you’re out sliding pay attention to where feet are, get them apart when you’re in need of some stability and bring them a little closer together when you need some quickness. For some assistance with this come by and see us at the Big White Ski & Board School.

Josh Foster – Director of Snow Sports

Big White Ski Resort

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