Tech Talk Archive - Skidding

Skidding is Cool, Sometimes...

So many skiers are in search of the perfect carved turn. It is an admirable goal, because it is a difficult task to master. However, if carving is all we do, are we doing more harm than good to our skiing? In all honesty, skidding plays an important role in modern skiing, especially when skiing ice, bumps, steeps, pipe & park and yes, even in the race course. In an era when success is often measured by our tracks carved in the snow, a big fat skid could actually signal that one skier is more skilled than another.

The bottom line is...when a skid is strategically used to maximize performance, THEN skidding becomes very cool. If, however, we try to add a skid into our turn shape simply because someone else is successfully doing it, then are we using this tool effectively? The skid is most effective when it is used to adjust our line, scrub speed, or loose altitude. Therefore, fully develop your turning, edging, pressuring and balancing skills so they can be infinitely adjusted, thus, providing the foundation to execute options in striving for the best possible run.

To emulate is to learn as to understand is to excel.

What do A2A Friends think?

A2A Friend CB McCleary - MMSC Masters coach at Stowe Vermont wrote:

Skidding is cool. If you watch a strong ski racer setting up their line, (especially prevalent in GS) notice the adjustment they will do by letting their skis flatten and provoke a small skid we sometimes call a stiveet pronounced stiv-et . You will usually see this after the racer crosses the rise line and they want to make an adjustment to their line. This is a very difficult skill, try doing this at 40mph, see your line and engage the edges. So skidding can be a very useful skill.

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