30 thoughts on “Expert Ski Lessons #7.5 – Skiing Steeps”

  1. I see a lot of videos that skiers make and a lot of them seem to be trying to turn with their upper body instead of facing downhill. Is that because of the fat skis or just poor technique?

  2. This video has helped me out a lot. I've taken every bit of advice here and put it into practice. Many thanks!

  3. Harald Harb system mixed with Debbie Armstrong advice on confidence and technique will take you far and everywhere.

  4. The part he means about pushing the body forward it is specifically
    Keeping hips forward
    Shin contact
    Upper torso separation and keeping shoulder upright and facing downhill unless you are traversing or slide across the mountain

  5. The only reason people dislike is because they managed to hurt themselves while ignoring the correct directions

  6. Hi!
    I'm new to skiing, at 67, and have watched lots of tutorials here
    and I have to say yours are definitely some of the best!
    After approximately 20 days (nights) of ski, I want to know how to
    manage icy spots on, say, difficult intermediate slopes.
    What's best to do when I feel my downward ski begins to run
    away from me with that unpleasing sound?
    Flatten my skis and "getting lighter"? Edging on ice is…scary.
    I have used that helmet a few times so far trying to be brave!

  7. It also takes a lot of Angulation, as well as the commensurate amount of Inclination to execute these turns properly on the steep . . . without these ingredients, along with " Verticle Motion " (all of which are demonstrated here) . . . initiation, turn shape (in the controlling phase), and turn completion will quickly unravel on the steep !

  8. I was expecting to see an expert level instruction. But, the explanation about pole plants and upper body separation were excellent. These are skills that should be taught AT THE SAME TIME as “make pizza skis”. and I don’t mean that as a back handed remark against this video at all.
    I see instructors demonstrating how to turn using this tin pants style, arms 90 degrees I guess for balance for “intermediates”. Knees stay in one position so no unweighting, no pole plant at all and no edging. It looks like they are teaching to just foot steer with no attention to separation.

    The best advice I ever got as a young 16 year old intermediate was from an old guy on a short chairlift ride who simply said; “kid, keep your shoulders square to the lodge and hands in front no matter which way your skis turn.” The second best advise was to “plant your pole”. 47 seasons later and I’m still working at it.

  9. Where is the angulation with the knees and hip , that's how you make an edge. All of which is needed on steeps.

  10. Thanks again. I literally learned to ski from scratch using this series of videos. Love the irony at around 3 minutes with the guy in the background leading the turn with his body, the absolute antithesis of the lesson itself.

  11. This is a good, simple lesson. The importance of keeping your upper body perpendicular to the fall line cannot be overstated. Even on regular runs but especially on steep runs and critically on steep runs in deep snow you have to keep your energy forward. If your balance gets off your weight goes back and you can't get your heels rotated. Might mention that the poles are an axis around which you rotate and also a timing device to help keep the rhythm of weighting and unweighting. Thank you.

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