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IS A SLIDING SPORT":
by Bill Jones, Ski Instructor
CSW #11: "Skiing faster is the way to learn to ski."
Certainly it is true that excessively slow skiing does not work well in getting performance from skis, but speed greatly beyond what one can manage is not effective, either.
If you have ridden a bicycle you know that you are more tippy when you go very slowly, but that with more momentum you are more stable. It is the same on skis.
How can a kayak maneuver in white water if going at the same speed as the water? The kayaker must go faster to change position relative to the moving water. This is an assertive approach
How can a bird--or an airplane--fly without enough speed to create the venturi upward draft on its wings?
But when we go too fast for our fear tolerance, our minds often "lock up" and cause our bodies to do the same so that we no longer make the movements we must--and disaster or some milder vrersion of it may loom.
Find the right balance between your comfort level and the benefits you get from more speed. It is said that we have a comfort zone. It is not productive when learning to ski (or perhaps anything) to operate below or even at the bottom of our comfort level, nor is it productive to operate beyond the top of our comfort level. Instead we should strive to operate just at the upper end of our comfort level, which may require a bit of extra commitment for some. See also "Fear and Skiing."
IS A SLIDING SPORT"--a skiing web manual:
Skiing Web Manual
Contents Why Read
This Skiing Web Manual
That First Skiing Lesson A
Little Skiing History Motion in
CONVENTIONAL SKIING WISDOMS
Skier Excuses Fear
Conditioning for Skiing
Equipment and Technique
to Develop Balance on Skis
Turn Simplified The Final Skiing Skill:
pressure management Tactics for Terrains and Snow
Textures and Racing
Skiing Tips and Tales--a potpourri
Exercises for Developing Skiing Skills
Children and Skiing
Age and Skiing
Gender & Skiing Culture
Skiing Ethics and Survival Slope Safety Skiing
Environment Glossary Acknowledgements
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