Fun, interesting, or useful articles about skiing, the sport, training, or skiing culture in general.
For those of you thinking about your first ski experience. We’ve put together a Guide for considering what you’ll need, and where to go. Courtesy of us all here at Freedom Snowsports.
A good waxed ski base is a must for all skiers. It enables us to glide and steer the skis smoothly over the snow. But have you ever wondered if it’s something that can be done at home. Or is it one of those dark arts best left to the professionals? Let us show you how to wax your skis at home.
So, Telemark Skiing, What Is It And Whats The Advantage?
Telemark skiing is the original. It is the equipment that skiers used to walk, climb, and ski in all directions in the same state. Up, down, and around, all in the same un-altered free heel state. It is not the same as modern Alpine Ski Touring equipment. Where the skier can put the binding into walk mode, then lock the heel in place for alpine downhill mode. Telemark is a technique of skiing where the binding remains free at the heel. Those folks you see lunging their way gracefully (most of the time) down the mountain. Telemark skiing originated in the Telemark region of Norway (yes, its obvious when said like that). The technique allowed skiers to move from walking on their free heel equipment to making controlled downhill turns at high speed. It was the hybrid of Nordic skiing and downhill skiing.
Having spent some time enjoying ski mountaineering and ski touring in Chamonix at Freedom Snowsports. We decided to take 10 days for a ski mountaineering trip. Which took us through the Bernese Oberland (Bernese Highland) in Switzerland, starting from Lauterbrunnen. The many 4000m+ peaks that abundantly surround the ski touring routes are a perfect pairing. Read More…
Now before we get going, this is not supposed to be a physics lesson. Just simple, useable information to make it easier to select a ski for an intended purpose. So you can enjoy getting more from your skiing.
On most piste skis a regular, positive camber covers the entire length of the sidecut. Along with the skis stiffness, this characteristic provides the most edge grip possible on hard packed piste. Mainly because the ski is under more tension and “bites” back down into the snow. Therefore most piste focused skis, Read More…
Psychologists have studied the rationale for skiing. Skiers speculate about it. Ordinary mortals shake their heads in dismay over it. There is an ambivalence to this sport. There are no scores or points to skiing. But the beauty of movement that gives a self assurance that is better than winning a game. It is a sport that brings escape from the cares and tensions of daily life. Skiing brings an awareness of the grandeur of nature; an exhausting exercise for most people, yet no other sport gives such a feeling of satisfaction and healthy vigour. Why do we ski? Words cant explain it. You have to experience the hours and days and weeks of skiing. You have to meet the people who ski, the individualists, the non-conformists. You have to see the beauty of the snow covered mountains and valleys. You have to participate in this moment of truth. Why do we ski? You have to become a skier to know! So join us for some Chamonix skiing.
New this season we are running some Women’s ski coaching groups. Designed to coach and develop piste performance skills in a women only group. Coached by one of our elite female instructors. The main difference being that all people, from the instructor to the group participants. The entire group dynamic and coaching environment is entirely female. Intending to give a supportive environment for women to develop their skills in the sport of skiing. And hoping to attract more female skiers to improve and develop their skiing skills with us.
The sessions will develop piste performance skills in all turns and all pistes. And while this training is focused on the piste, these skills will enhance your all round skiing performance. These coaching sessions are suitable for skiers comfortable on piste with a variety of turn shapes (on all red runs). But would like to develop more performance, skill, and control. These sessions will give you more choice over how to tackle different types of turns and terrain. Read More…
Our Teaching Approaches to Snowsports
Our teaching is based around the individual students that we are with. This is not just based on a skiers level of ability. It’s about identifying which learning styles and communication methods their progression favours. What this means is that our teaching model is about understanding different phases and styles of learning. We adapt our teaching styles to get the most out of an individual person’s development. We also understand and adapt to people when they are in different stages of skill development. So our instructors are trained to find, recognise, and adapt to these attributes in people. Augmenting their teaching styles to better suit the needs of different people.
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A Model for Learning Movements & Skills
Skills for skiing
Some people are born with being able to sprint fast or other talented gifts. Such as being able to obtain skills for skiing effortlessly. But what about those who are not blessed with these abilities and genetics. I am a professional and I am going to tell you that its possible to teach these things, and all motor skills. By first understanding how we learn movement patterns and skills. Which brings me to the Fitts and Posner Three Stage model of acquiring a motor skill. While there are different learning styles to which individuals process and understand information. The process we go through when acquiring motor skills is similar for everyone. Even though motor skills vary widely in type and complexity, such as skills for skiing. The acquisition process is still similar for all. Paul Fitts (1964, Fitts & Posner, 1967) proposed three stages (or phases) of acquiring a motor skill: the cognitive, associative, and autonomous stages (see the table below).