Skiing technique - First turns

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Before you will start rolling down or even before you start on the lift, please, stop for a moment and look at grasski. These ski are relative short, with bended bow like shape. Unlike alpine ski there is no sidecut and only very minimal flex. 

Grasski
Alpine ski
Rolling friction Sliding friction
Contact surface shape dependent turning radius Sidecut dependent turning radius
Shape of ash wood in grasski is responsible for turning characteristics as well as rocker/no-rocker feeling from ski Rocker or no-rocker shape easing turn initiation

Alpine ski and grasski ski shape comparison

Skiing plough technique

The tool for the first curves can be a wide stance, grasski equivalent to ski plough technique. This way ski are positioned on edges and initiating turn is much faster as well as more pressure is applied directly to outside ski.

The first curves

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For the first curves, choose the mildest and widest part on the entire slope. There is no need to start at the top of the piste at all. Before you start rolling perpendicularly down the slope, it is good to cross the ski slope 2-3 times from side to side and test your position on whether your body center is really in the middle of the ski. Not too much in the front or  back. Now it's time for the first turn. First, try only one turn. When you are ready and you start rolling, immediately start pushing into the outer / lower ski (if you turn to the right, the outer ski is the left one). Don't worry if the skis do not react immediately, especially at low speeds the skis react and turn slowly. However, if you push into the lower ski and still nothing happens, it is a sign of a bad posture position, you probably have the center of gravity too far behind. When the skis have started to spin, try to turn the arc to the contour line - this is way how to control your speed.

Controlling your speed

Grasski has no brake and skidding is not possible so only way how to control your speed is with help of turns. The more you turn the easier it is to control your speed. At beginning it is recommended to try wide turns from side to side always ending on contour line and the longer you go on contour like the more speed you reduce. This is also reason why short slalom-like turns are not recommended for beginning. You will surely enjoy such short turns, but little later.

Turning without ski poles

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Another exercise to master grass skiing is to turn without poles. Although it may seem simple at first glance, soon you will understand that this is not the case. So leave your ski poles down below the slope and repeat the procedure described for the "first turn" again. You can also try connecting the curves, and even here think about reducing your speed by turning to counter line - at least during the first few runs.

Intermediate turning

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Advanced skiers no longer have to have such an extremely wide trail and can afford to let the skis go a bit faster. Don't forget it is important to stand in the middle of the ski and push properly into the lower / outside ski. The more you push into the lower ski, the more and faster it will turnu.

Faster turn

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If you have already completed all the previous exercises and you are starting to feel confident on the grass skis, it is time to try to move on. This time, let your skis run a little faster than in previous attempts. As soon as you start turning, focus on running the skis in parallel. Also, try to push the hips into an arc, similar to faster and twisted arches in the snow. In this case, the inner skis are already partially loaded. However, the word partial load means about 30-40%. The main pressure in the lower ski remains.

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