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You ski Flo Skis just like you would conventional equipment, but you will find those techniques will be much more effective. Flo Skis take less energy to drive, turn more quickly, are smoother, and remain more stable in conditions that upset conventional planks.

These characteristics reduce the fear factor that inhibits so many skiers from improving their skills.

Just as you can't learn to drive a car by reading the owner's manual, you should work with a good instructor to learn about safe and efficient ways of improving your technique. However, we have includes some exercises below that will accelerate your progress.

The following methods, exercises and progressions are used by the best racers to tune their skills. Mastering these techniques will move you to advanced skiing in a short while using FLO Skis.

Exercise 1 - on a blue run 

1. Keep your skis and knees at least eight to ten inches apart at all times.

2. Stand tall, then relax your ankles and knees so that your shins rest against the front of the boot cuff. This will put pressure on the ski tips, which are your "steering wheels". Do not bend at the waist (your butt will stick out the back and cause you to lose control of the tips), but rather, push your hips forward so they are balanced over the front half of each foot. Your back should be relaxed and rounded, to soak up any bumps you may encounter. Elbows should be forward of the hips by about four inches, forearms parallel to the ground, as if you are readied to catch a big beach ball. (This is called the "athletic stance", ready for action.)

3. Head straight down a very shallow fall line with your weight shared equally on each ski.

4. Roll your ankles and knees to one side so that the skis' edges engage the snow and begin to turn. The more you pitch your ankles and knees, the more radical the turn.

5. Another way to think of this, is to tip the big toe of the inside (uphill) ski and simultaneously the little toe of outside (downhill) ski - downhill. At the same time, move your hips towards the direction you want the skis to go. This will push those "steering wheels" - the ski tips - into the snow to get a strong, positive turn. The amount of forward pressure on the cuff of each boot and the degree of ankle and knee roll will determine the radius of the turn.

Notes:

1. You should roll up your toes (as if you were trying to make your toes touch your knees). This will keep your ankles flexed (bent), your shins pressed into the cuffs of the boots, and your weight over the center front of your feet.

2. During the turn, increase the roll-over angle to ensure the skis do not skid or slip sideways at the tails as the turn progresses and "g" forces increase. Be sure that both skis and knees are hip-width apart throughout the entire turn. Do not let the inside (uphill) ski get light and slip in beside the outside ski as common in older skiing styles. A narrow stance is less stable and powerful than a wider stance.

3. The object is to move to increasingly steeper slopes and or faster speeds without skidding sideways. This is called railroad tracking - a purely carved turn.

4. Make sure you complete each turn, that is, by allowing the ski to carve across the fall line (or even uphill), allowing the ski to lose speed by fighting gravity. Study the working model simulation video below.

Exercise 2 - on a green run

1. Take a straight run down the fall line then point the right ski to about the two o'clock position, and push off with the left ski so you momentarily glide on just the right ski. Then try it on the left. Just like skating. Try gliding for at least two seconds before swapping feet.

2. Once you are comfortable with that, try pressing on the outside edge of each ski as you skate. The result is that, when you are on the outside edge of your right ski, you should automatically start carving a turn to the right; and to the left when you are on the outside edge of your left ski. Not easy at first!

3.  Practice carving across the fall line, then up hill, on each ski during the glide phase. This will slow you down without the need to skid-brake.

4. Use the skate action to link turns. At first starting in the fall line  and then progress to link one shallow traverse to another shallow traverse skiing through the fall line. Remember, no skidding!

Exercise 3 - on blue runs

For this exercise, start each turn with a skate action as described above. When going faster on steeper slopes, the skate action is much more subtle, with less push-off on just one ski. You will progress to combining exercise two with more roll over action with both skis as described in exercise 1.

You will be slowing your speed with no skidding by sharply carving up hill, using gravity not friction.

On steeper slopes, your outside downhill leg will be extended more down the hill than your inside leg. This lets you roll over the outside ski more, making it turn more and hold more without skidding.  (Long leg short leg)

You need to be patient at the beginning of each turn (two to 3 seconds) to allow the skis to accelerate carving (not skidding) through the fall line and then quickly rolling them over as you pass the fall line and sharply carve up hill to slow down.

Exercise 4  - on green then blue runs
 
Ski long GS turns on just one ski for several linked turns and then only on the other ski for several linked turns. This is the hardest exercise to do. It could take the entire season to master.

On each run, you should spend time on the above exercises. Before long you will be advancing to expert level skiing. FLO Skis make this progression much faster!



Tips for skiing moguls
  • Make sure your ski poles are not too long.
  • Relax and breathe.
  • Hold your hands in front as if driving your car or carrying the Thanksgiving turkey.
  • Keep your weight on the balls of your feet. 
  • Maintain shin pressure against front of ski boots.
  • Pull your knees up towards your chest at the top of moguls, push your feet down in the troughs.

    A simple rule for bumps is to maintain ski-snow contact. No unintentional air. Always have the skis in contact with the snow during the transition. If you have trouble staying in contact, slow down. At a slower speed you can control contact by retracting to reduce pressure on the snow (pulling your knees up) or extending (pushing your feet down) to maintain pressure on the snow.

This video shows all the above elements put together to make expert turns: