Alpine Programs

Pressure

There are three parts to the pressure skill. Simply pressuring a ski will make it bend so it can create an arc. Pressuring the tip at the beginning of the turn will direct the tip to carve out a groove in the snow for the rest of the ski to follow. Lastly pressuring the tail at turn conclusion is what will determine the direction toward the upcoming turn.

These aspects of the pressure control skill are performed through flexion and extension of the knees, hips, and ankles. Extension of the knees and hips, along with flexion of the ankles moves the skier's weight forward toward the ski tip.

Pressure control skills are extremely important because they are used to produce the groove in the snow to balance against, but more is not necessarily better here. If the groove is too deep there will be increased friction that slows the skier down, not just from the increased ski/snow contact, but from the pushing of snow much like a snowplow on the road plowing mounds of snow.

Pressure skills also come into play on a flat ski. Maintaining, reducing, and creating pressure through terrain, such as rollers, is important so speed is not lost. When pressure is further mastered it can even be used to gain speed.

 

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