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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 #25: "Bend low to ski like the downhill-race racers sometimes do."

Because of TV images of ski racers, beginners sometimes want to assume the same low stance, called the "tuck".

But high-speed racers bend low to eliminate the friction of the air whizzing past their bodies. In doing so, they give up some of their ability to flex and extend and the advantage that can give in managing the terrain. Notice that when they need to make a more dramatic movement they will often extend up out of their low position.

Recreational skiers do not need to bend low because they are not going so fast, and if they are going faster, they should probably stand up so that the air friction will help slow them!

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