Overcome Fear on the Slope

Overcome Fear on the Slope

When we first learn skiing, it is common that we are fearful of steepness of the slopes. If we look back after a few years, we may wonder: “Are these flat slopes scary at all?” But beginners must overcome the fear in order to move to more advanced levels. The question...
Tips for New Instructors

Tips for New Instructors

Congratulations – you have nailed the interview, passed instructor training, and formally become a ski instructor. Now you are going to take a group of ski learners to the beginner trail. If this is their first-time skiing, they are nervous. But they probably don’t...
Why Do We Use Poles?

Why Do We Use Poles?

When young kids start learning skiing, they are often told not to use their poles. This makes lots of sense because pole usage at an early age could create bad habits such as leaning back and standing upright. Yet this doesn’t necessarily mean that older children or...
80/20: 20/80

80/20: 20/80

Many serious ski learners have such an experience: we work hard, spending dozens of days on snow, watching hundreds of YouTube videos, and taking numerous ski lessons. But when we watch our own video, we are shocked by the little progress we have made. We feel good...
Blending, Versatility, and Simplicity

Blending, Versatility, and Simplicity

It is not uncommon for ski learners to be fascinated by ONE aspect of skiing – angulation, forward movement, edge angles, etc. We might have tried hard only to find that our skiing is still different from truly advanced skiers, meaning to keep an athletic form on all...
Mileage is Not Everything.

Mileage is Not Everything.

How many days do you ski a season? People often use answers to this question to judge a person’s skiing skills. When you sign up for a lesson, the instructor asks you this question. When you interview for an instructor job, the snow school asks you this question. When...

Athletic Stance

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Why Should Good Racers Care about Fundamentals?

Why Should Good Racers Care about Fundamentals?

If you are a racer, your coach must have reminded you time and again – “fundamentals first.”  But sometimes you just prefer not hearing it.  You are already the best skier on your home mountain and one of the best skiers on the race course.  You enjoy lightning speed...
Why Should Coaches Calm Down in a Race?

Why Should Coaches Calm Down in a Race?

It is common to hear coaches yelling at racers along the race course, “Pressure!” “Forward!” Obviously we don’t see this in a world cup race, but even in world cup races, we could still hear coaches’ high-pitched voice before the...
Three Characteristics of a Good Ski Instructor

Three Characteristics of a Good Ski Instructor

1. Power of One.  A good ski instructor can quickly identify ONE important issue to fix.  It often needs multiple drills and multiple runs to fix a problem, so don’t expect the instructor to work on too many things, which actually could be counter-productive.  Within...
Ski Learning Videos

Ski Learning Videos

* The list will be continuously updated based on community members’ recommendations. 1. Ski School by Elate Media: Probably the most systematic, free ski instruction video collection taught by professional skier Darren Turner.   There are about 80 videos for...
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