Ski Skills Courses
Phil Smith, Snoworks Director, gives a brief insight into why everyone should take Ski Skills Courses regularly.
The winter is the time to go skiing. It’s the time to ski places, to experience the mountains, to reap the rewards from effort previously invested. Going places, travelling and experiencing the mountains and boy it’s wonderful.
The winter is where we need to ‘apply’ our skills that we’ve previously learnt.
But have you ever thought what it’s like trying to ‘apply’ your skills at the same time as ‘developing’ your skills. It’s a bit like rubbing your stomach and patting your head at the same time. Even more tricky and possibly dangerous is riding a bike and sending a text message at the same time, not recommended.
We all do our best at learning and applying the skills at the same time during winter for sure, as we want to improve and make the most of the mountains. Hence why at Snoworks we quickly saw the need to develop philosophies whereby skiers could improve their skiing at the same time as applying their skills. We needed to, ‘hack’ learning and we’ve done an incredibly good job at it. Philosophies such as ‘Going Open‘, ‘Connecting With The Mountain‘, ‘Snow Displacement‘, ‘Skiing Like A Child‘, ‘Living In The Land Of Ing‘ have totally transformed how people can learn and apply at the same time and have taken so many skiers to totally new heights in their skiing.
BUT to get into developing the ‘fine’ technical skills, skiers need to invest some time out of the environment. Take a look at all the racers and instructors. It’s exactly the same. All the ‘tuning’ for the coming season is pre-season. Once the season starts it’s time to apply skills learnt.
The optimum time for ‘Technical Development’ is in the spring, summer and autumn, yes out of the winter season.
Photo: Snoworks groups enjoying summer skiing and coaching.
Developing Skiing Skills
There are 360 joints in the human body along with 600 muscles. That’s a lot to move and co-ordinate. Imagine if you could learn to control all muscles and joints, move them how you need to move them when skiing and adjust them to the mountain. You would be at the top of your game. For simplicity we’ve grouped the joints into 3 main skiing joints along with three main movements types. Ankles, knees, hips along with twisting, pushing and edging movements. Once you get the idea of these movements around these joints you can then start to vary the movements by learning to increase the range and speed of movements you have available to you. The more range and speed of movement you have available to you, the more of the mountain becomes available. The ability to ‘move’ on your skis is key and that is what Ski Skills is about.
At Snoworks we’ve developed the incredible ‘Ski Skills‘ Courses for this reason – to develop the ‘Technical Aspects’ of your skiing in preparation for the winter so you have more skills to apply. Greater range and speed and more variation of movement. More skills to apply means greater control in all conditions. And greater control means you can travel further and experience so much more of the mountain this coming winter. And better still, even more smiles than usual.
We’re not saying replace your winter ski trip with a spring, summer or autumn ski trip, definitely not, no no no. Winters are far too much fun along with all that powder. But if time and finances permit and you have the desire to develop technical skills then spring, summer and autumn Ski Skills is a must must must.
An investment worth making.
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Phil Smith is founder of Snoworks All-Mountain Ski Courses. Snoworks runs Ski Courses throughout the spring, summer and autumn where you can learn to develop ski skills to become a competent all-mountain skier learning to cope with everything the mountain throws your way. www.snoworks.com