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IS A SLIDING SPORT":
by Bill Jones, Ski Instructor
CSW #15: "After one ski lesson, I should be able to 'ski the mountain'."
Were it only so! Skiing is a demanding athletic sport from both physical and skill standpoints--especially to a new skier whose body is unused to new ways of being moved. Still, many try to "ski the mountain" after one lesson--and some with no lesson--and a few succeed (probably less than 1 in 100, not counting those who come down the mountain in what could hardly be called skiing).
Lessons are designed to provide progressive steps to acquiring skiing skills, and the first lesson or lessons are to give skills to negotiate the easiest of terrain, not the next level that is "up the mountain". It is not possible on the gentle terrain where first lessons are taught to complete the teaching of skills needed for steeper and more varied terrain. Instead, these early lessons are designed to give a foundation for adding skills that will allow skiing terrain to match.
Being able to stop and turn on gentle terrain can be done with elementary maneuvers such as the snowplow. These do not work well if at all on steeper slopes, however, and skills must be added for success there.
Nevertheless, many venture up the lifts to steeper slopes before they have the skills needed to control their direction and speed, with serious risk to themselves and to others whom they may run into. Skiing, after all, is a sliding sport, and we must manage the sliding. The assumption is that added skills give added safety.
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
CONVENTIONAL SKIING WISDOMS
Skier Excuses Fear in
Conditioning for Skiing
Equipment and Technique
to Develop Balance on Skis
A Skiing Turn
Simplified The Final Skiing Skill:
pressure management Tactics for Terrains and Snow
Textures and Racing
Skiing Tips and Tales--a potpourii
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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