Lesson Seven: Proper Weight Distribution

Lesson Seven: Proper Weight Distribution

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Probably the biggest obstacle to skiing well is having one’s weight in the wrong place. The next time you go skiing, spend some time watching other skiers – preferably from the side of a run. Notice how they position their bodies over their skis. Watch a beginning skier. He will most likely ski with his butt far too back. Now watch an advanced skier. He will stand relaxed, knees slightly bent- his body almost perpendicular to the hill.

The difference is in the center of gravity! To achieve optimal control, your weight must be on the leading surface of both skis. You should have as little weight as possible on the tails. By having your weight forward, you have your leading ski edges in full contact with the snow surface. The fronts of yours skis, when properly weighted, is where the control comes from.

Make a concerted effort to maintain your weight on the balls of your feet. Don’t ski flat-footed, and definitely don’t ski on your heels.

The moment you stand on the balls of your feet, your weight will shift forward. Try this little test right now. Stand up with your feet flat on the floor – the way you would normally stand. Note how your knees feel locked slightly backwards. Now, shift your weight forward onto the balls of your feet. Notice how your center of gravity shift slightly forwards. Notice how your knees unlock and your heels lift off the floor. You are now in the correct posture. With your knees slightly bent, your legs are ready to absorb any shocks created by skiing on uneven snow. Your weight is forward…which forces the front of your skis into the snow.

Mike is the Editor and founder of SkiNC.com and SkiSoutheast.com. Since September of 1996 he has written more than 2800 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 800 clients in 30+ 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 horses, playing golf, tennis and boating on Watauga Lake with his family and friends, coaching local soccer teams and oh yes...Snow Skiing!

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