The Internet makes it easier to learn new skills. It is therefore not surprising that many new skiers go to the mountains with few or no skills. They rush down the slopes without intending to pay an instructor to show them the tricks of the trade. When it comes to mountain safety, self-learning is good, as long as you can keep control of your skis. The first part of this process is to control your speed. It is therefore essential to know how to stop on skis.
My goal is to help you get started in winter sports. So if you try to learn by yourself, I’m here to help you! Whether you are alone or want to learn at a faster pace than that provided by your teacher. In this article, you will learn how to control a ski stop safely.
1 SKI STOPPING TECHNIQUES
1.3 SKIS IN PARALLEL
2 PRACTICE – THE MOST IMPORTANT STEP
3 LEARN TO FALL
4 VIDEO 1: HOW TO FALL ON SKIS BY Pratiks.com
5 VIDEO 2: HOW TO FALL ON SKIS BY Stomp It Tutorials
SKI STOPPING TECHNIQUES
The first technique that any beginner will learn is to stop on a snowplow. Think of your skis as a slice of pizza on the snow, with the noses of the skis (spatula) almost touching each other at the front. The key word here is “almost” touching. If the noses of your skis cross (running for beginners), you will quickly lose your balance. With this, you find that you need to practice how to fall skiing earlier than expected!
In the snowplow position on the slope, the inner edges of your skis must be pushed into the snow by your ankles. This will keep you motionless on the slope while you prepare for the next step. As a skier, it is always useful to consider yourself as a car. The next steps will explain how to start and stop your new snow vehicle.
To accelerate, balance forward to anticipate acceleration. To facilitate balance, put your hands on your knees.
To brake on your skis, you must now apply pressure to your inner edges. Be sure to do it again at the same time. By applying more pressure to just one ski, you will quickly make a turn and lose your balance. Mastering this technique will lead you to a gradual stop.
Practice stopping on snowplows over and over again. This will make you accelerate and brake in a safe and controlled way.
Once you have learned to ski, it is not uncommon for beginners to lose control of their speed. Often, they cannot lose enough speed to stop without losing control. If you have learned to descend a slope, completing each turn is another way to stop. Whether it is a snowplow or a parallel turn.
The idea is to imagine your turns as a series of “C” shapes on the slope. Advanced skiers will ski in an “S” shape while continuing their descent and maintaining their speed. But beginners can continue to try to climb slightly during each turn. This will reduce your speed and, if you have enough space on the slope, you will gradually stop.
If you need more space, you can try this method but only at the end of each turn. Applying the snowplow stop from above is an excellent way to control your speed. This will reduce your speed and help you stop.
The video below, is an excellent tutorial from “Morgan Petitniot Labo du Skier” that I find excellent to learn how to make parallel turns and try to climb slightly during each turn to control your speed.
SKIS IN PARALLEL
Stopping with skis in parallel is the most common method used to stop on skis. This is only possible when you are able to ski in parallel. Parallel skiing is when you have to skis side by side. Or if we had to go back to the references of fast food, they will now look like two fries and not a slice of pizza.
You must first decide by going down the slope in the direction in which you will stop. For this example, I will explain the process as if I were turning on my right ski. When you make a short right turn, you put all your weight on your right ski, facing the descent.
When you start doing this, you should start extending your legs to stand up, as if you were looking over a garden fence. This will flatten your skis and make turns easier. The more weight you apply to your ski, the better. As soon as possible, your ski will be in the right position (in this case, on the right). Let your other ski follow so that your skis stay in a parallel position.
The last step is to lean towards the slope behind you to apply pressure on both edges of your ski. While you do this, make sure to bend your knees to keep your balance. To do this, while holding a standing torso and look down with your upper body. This posture will work against your edges by pressing into the snow, leading you to a quick stop. All this without continuing to slide on the side of the slope. The result will be a clean and accurate stop.
This is very effective on beginner slopes. Especially when you are faced with the need to avoid out of control beginners.
PRACTICAL – THE MOST IMPORTANT STEP
Practice, and practice a little more. You will find that each of the above guides will improve your balance and confidence on the slopes. You will be safe with the knowledge and ability to execute emergency and gradual stops. This will be a skill you will always use throughout your days on the ski slopes.
It is always best to learn these skills with an experienced skier or instructor. But for days when your budget is a little tighter, you can always practice these tips. First learn your speed control on some easy slopes. Then, try to learn your turns and other intermediate skills on red slopes. In no time at all, you’ll be skiing down the slopes smoothly and will be the envy of all other beginners!
LEARN TO FALL
Now that we’ve talked about three techniques for stopping on your skis, it’s important that you understand how to fall safely. Having the ability to get up every time you fall is always easier when you are of course in one piece!
The greatest freestyle skiers will fall every day in practice. Despite this, they can get up again and again. While many beginners will get hurt after a simple slide in the snow. They will suffer injuries after a gentle fall, regardless of their safety equipment.
The main skill to falling is to minimize the impact on your body. Landing on only one part of the body will always be painful, but knowing the right way to fall will reduce injuries. Knowing how to distribute the surface of an impact can reduce the damage caused by a serious fall.