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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 #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.

main CSW contents
prior CSW #23: "Skiing makes my thighs hurt (or calves, or etc.)"
next CSW  #25: "Bend low to ski like the racers sometimes do"

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