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Common beginner problem:
Arms flying and body twisting

: Problem solving
Level: Beginner
Author: Kobus Reyneke

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You realize that you must ski with your feet and not with your arms, but you just can't keep them under control. Try these remedies:
  • Make sure the terrain is not too steep--try something less ambitious.
  • Remove some of your fear by skiing on an easier slope with a natural run out.
  • Make sure you distribute your weight equally between your skis.
  • Make sure the very point where you start the run is not too steep--you may be scaring yourself before you start. Think of your skis as the wheels of an automobile and the upper body as the body of the car. Allow the wheels to take your sheet metal for a ride, and let your upper body follow your skis.
  • Pick a target downhill and ski toward it making turns to your left and right. While turning, try to keep your upper body steady and roughly facing your target.
  • Remove your pole straps and hold your poles together and vertically in front of you. Extend your arms slightly so that your forearms are parallel to the snow. Ski like this with your arms and poles basically facing downhill all the time and try not to let your arms sway from side to side.

Work on these exercises:
(Click on the first exercise, work through it, then come Back here to do the others in sequence)

Print this out for future reference and remember to have fun!

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