Lesson Eleven: Skiing on STEEP Terrain

Lesson Eleven: Skiing on STEEP Terrain

After you have some experience, you find yourself longing to try those slopes you’ve heard all your friends rave about – you know them…Tom Terrific, Balderdash, White Lightning, Top Gun (among others in the High Country)…or Shay’s Revenge (particularly Lowes Shays). The only two obstacles between you and being able to ski the really steep stuff is technique and fear.

Fear is the worst obstacle. It can make you freeze up. Once you’ve freaked out, you will find yourself stiffening up and leaning backwards. Your skis will immediately shoot out ahead of you and you’ll wipe out. Keeping your weight forwards is vitally important. In fact, the steeper the terrain, the more aggressive you need to be with your stance. On really steep terrain with moguls, head for the moguls. Moguls are your friends. (I can hear people moaning!)

Use the tops of them to bleed off your speed and to turn. Remember to let your legs bend when you begin skiing up the mogul and to extend your legs when skiing off the back side.

On really steep terrain without moguls, you’ve got to make aggressive turns. Get your weight forwards and keep it there. Don’t fall back on your heels! Pole planting is important. Plant your pole well ahead of you. Reach down.

Mike is the Editor and founder of SkiNC.com and SkiSoutheast.com. Since September of 1996 he has written more than 3200 articles promoting all of the ski areas of North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland. While attending to the thousands of emails, photo submissions and On-Snow reports that come in all season long, Doble also owns and operates a full service web design and marketing company that has more than 900 clients in 40+ states and several countries.He shares that it was his passion for all things snow that prompted him to start the ski network and since that time the website has gained popularity through it's webcam and weather content as well.Mike is the father of four daughters, is an avid snow and water skier, football freak of his alma mater (the University of South Carolina) and hearty promoter of all that is Western North Carolina to West Virginia and Maryland. Mike spends his off time with his family, playing golf, tennis and boating on Watauga Lake with his family and friends, coaching local soccer teams and oh yes...Snow Skiing!