Written by David Murrie, BASI Member
- Select equipment and get a boot fit, for your specific anatomy as well as your level and type of skiing; not marketing, fashion (or by hero worship).
- Check and optimise your alignment.
- Check and optimise your ramp angle.
- Check and develop an appropriate balance of specific eccentric and isometric strength around your knee and low back joints.
- Do not emphasise lateral bending of the spine (for angulation) – flex at the hip with complimentary rotational separation.
- Staying square and with whole body inclination, in the name of `maximum strength`, is not effective biomechanics (nor an effective or versatile way to ski).
- A `wide` stance may give you `stability`, but stability is not the `holy grail` of biomechanics, or skiing. What about flow, moving, effective weight transfer (and toppling out of balance)? Learn to control instability.
- Motor control, including coordination, effective use of your neuro-musculo-skeletal system; these aspects are important factors in your sport `fitness`.
- Static and linear mechanics are not automatically the same as / transferable to curvilinear sports motion.
- Don`t buy `snake oil`; justified as `biomechanics` but, based on no science evidence or learning. Many basic concepts are misinterpreted, oversimplified and oversold.
(10+. Moving up, to turn downhill – helps in some conditions /situations but isn’t the most efficient, nor always best way to go…)