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IS A SLIDING SPORT":
by Bill Jones, Ski Instructor
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!
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
Simplified The Final Skiing Skill:
pressure management 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
Skiing Ethics and Survival
Slope Safety Skiing
Environment Glossary Acknowledgements
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