Connor Baldwin is a certified ski technician who put his skills and training to good use when he worked for Christy Sports in Breckenridge, Colorado. He is also a talented skier in his own right and is able to provide basic advice to novices on how to get the most out of their time on the slopes. Fear of skiing is often caused by nervousness about how to stop when moving at high speed, so keep the below in mind to bring yourself to a halt.
Bring Your Knees Together
Before you can slow your descent, you need to make sure your knees are together and pointing slightly towards one another. This should not be too difficult to achieve if you have maintained proper form when skiing. As you bring your knees together, start to put more of your weight forward. This can often be difficult as your instinct may tell you to pull back to slow yourself down, so keep the correct motions in mind.
Point Skis Inward
As you are adjusting your body’s positioning and weight distribution, you also need to point the front of your skis inward, pulling your lower legs apart in the process. Do this slowly while applying pressure onto the skis and you should find the triangle shape you create forms a buffer against the snow, gradually slowing you down in the process.
Even talented skiers, like Connor Baldwin, struggle with the basics at first. The only way to get better is to keep practicing. Start by stopping at slow pace, before gradually working your way up.
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