Skiing technique - Repetition of basic rules

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Repetition of basic rules

Rule One: The basis of everything is a clean carving turn run one the edges

Due to the construction of grass skis, it is very difficult to skid the skis. At the moment when the skid occurs, it is very difficult to stop and control this skid and must be followed by different weight transition between legs and skis. 

Rule Two: Body posture / balance is the foundation

Grass skis are sold in lengths of 65-110 cm, with the fact that shorter skis are for children and pupils. Skis for adults and juniors start at a length of 80 cm. This brings us to a problem that must be faced very often on grass skis. Balance. From this point of view, grass skis are relatively close to roller skates. If you have the center of gravity too far in front, you will fall and you will also have unstable skis, which can start to vibrate -> and then you can kick together and stop. The opposite of a forward bend is "sitting" a too far behind. If you ride with position way back, the skis will not want to turn too much.

Rule Three: Tilt and turn

The principle of turning is different on grass skis. This 80-100cm long ski is not as flexible as a ski designed for snow. In winter, the ski bends and turns, but the grass skis do not turn by bending. The principle of turning is therefore closer to driving on inlines. If you look at the underside of the ski, which is in contact with the ground, it is barrel-shaped. Just tilt the ski slightly and they'll start to turn.

Rule Four: Speed is key

If you are used to winter skiing, for example carving slalom skis will turn within few meters, you will be a little disappointed at the first attempts. Again, this is related to skis that tilt into a curve and do not bend. This causes that, similarly to turning on a bicycle, the start of the curve is slower at a lower speed and, above all, the less experienced tilting of the ski takes longer -> the skis thus go on an arc with a larger radius. However, as soon as you learn to use grass skis and start adding speed, you will immediately find that you can turn very fast, as well as control the radius very precisely.

Rule Five: Never knock skis together

The fifth piece of advice is very important and can save you a lot of abrasions or sores. When skiing on grass ski, never knock the skis together. As soon as you get into turn, each ski has a different speed and the contact between the skis could cause contact between plastic elements/cages/tracks on both skis -> then a fall may follow. Therefore protectors are mounted on inside side of skis, which protect against contact of the skis.

Rule Six: No oiling means no skiing

For some, this rule is perhaps worse than all the previous ones. The grass skis must be lubricated and also washed. This is similar to winter wax lubrication, except that the grass skis are lubricated with oil. Ecological oil is used for lubrication, for example chainsaws oil (it is available at most petrol pumps). The skis must be lubricated before each skiing session. Competitors sometimes lubricate their skis more often to keep the going each run on maximum, sport skiers and occasional skiers then lubricate them less often. The skis are washed mainly depending on the dirt you have in ski. As with lubrication, competitors wash their skis after each session, sport skiers usually once in a time (depending on the dirt and slope conditions). If you don't know when to wash your skis, the simple advice is -> as soon as you think the skis are slowing down, it's time to wash your skis.