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 Conventional Skiing Wisdoms (CSW's) 

by Bill Jones, Ski Instructor
Certified Professional Ski Instructor (Registration #110478), Level III
private ski lessons at Keystone, Breckenridge, Vail, Beaver Creek, other areas

 CSW #23: "Skiing makes my thighs hurt (or calves, or etc.)"

Yes it may! But here are some defenses:

1) Get in shape--or better yet, be in shape.

2) Have good equipment that is well maintained so your skis can slide better and be turned more easily, being slippery.

3) Have boots that can be flexed forward so that you can bend your ankles, thus allowing you to move downward without moving backward, and so staying in balance over your whole foot.

4) Move while skiing so that you are not always firing the same muscles.

5) When initiating a turn, rise and move somewhat forward so your body stays perpendicular to the angle of your skis on the slope. This will invoke use of the hamstring muscles on the backs of the thighs and give the thigh muscles (quads) a little relief.

6) Use technique that is efficient. Improve your technique so that it is--and so that it is versatile for different situations, too.

7) Ski terrain that is within your fitness and skill levels.

8) Manage your exposure to altitude, fatigue, weather. Take breaks, stay hydrated, refuel with food.

9) Etc.?

main CSW contents
prior CSW #22: "Kids have to use the wedge more than adults do"
next CSW  #24: "Running gates or racing is no fun; I'm not competitive"

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