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IS A SLIDING SPORT":
by Bill Jones, Ski Instructor
CSW #24: "Running gates or racing is no fun; I'm not competitive."
Try running a few gates or a simple race course before you decide not to. Observation shows that most folks believe this Conventional Skiing Wisdom--until they have tried out a race course. And then almost all want to run it again. Running gates and/or racing adds variety to what might be otherwise a day of "yo-yo" skiing the main trails down and lifts up.
Beyond fun, running gates is an excellent way to practice technique. Go through the same gates over and over again, note what happens in your turns, try little adjustments and note any differences. The gates require turning in the same places and so help eliminate some variables so you can focus more on the ones remaining, and better understand how to make your skis work for you.
Too, ski racing for most is not the most exciting sport to watch. But just as in other spectator sports, watching is more fun if you understand what the athletes are doing and why. And a great way to gain that insight is to do the events yourself.
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
Conditioning for Skiing
Equipment and Technique
to Develop Balance on Skis
A Skiing Turn
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
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