Welcome to Ski Hacks – a series of bite-sized videos with expert advice from pro ski instructor Darren Turner. Whether you’re a first timer or a seasoned pro, they’re designed to give you tips and tricks to help you make the most out of your time on the mountain.
Getting your stance right is the first step to skiing well and having fun. See our advice for perfecting your posture.
[00:00:12] Basic stance, body position, whatever you want to call it – it really dictates how well you ski. And if you’re struggling with something, that’s the first place to look. Now, a big misconception is that a good skier leans forward, and that simply isn’t true. A good ready position, balanced over your feet, is exactly where you want to be.
[00:00:42] So yeah, my shins can rest lightly into the boots, but I’m not trying to snap them and actually lean forward. So my ankles are slightly flexed, knees slightly bent and hips slightly flexed as well. Now, don’t think about this as a position you’re holding. This might change slightly. Sometimes you might be slightly taller. Sometimes you might be slightly lower. Don’t go stiff and rigid. Don’t feel like a robot. Stay relaxed and balanced.
Where to put your hands and where to look
[00:01:17] So two really important things that I’m constantly telling skiers – firstly, keep those hands in front of you. Now, if you think about what you’re seeing as kind of like the TV screen. You want to be vaguely seeing the hands in the bottom two corners. The other thing is looking the way you’re going, which is, fundamentally, down the slope. You’re not looking down the bottom of the valley but you’re checking out the terrain, which is down the slope, not across. If you can get your basic position better, your skiing will keep improving.