Basic Mechanics of Skiing

When learning how to ski, before it is possible to understand any skiing technique properly, it is important to understand the mechanics that govern the responses of your skis.

Why Techniques Work

As all techniques in skiing are a mixture of these methods, if they are understood first it can help greatly when trying to learn to ski, or improve your technique. All skiing manoeuvres and positions are logically created from the basic mechanics, as these are what makes skiing possible, and govern what the skis do. It is not important to understand everything in this section perfectly as it does get a little complicated in a couple of places, but to understand the effects different things will have, and why it is important to do certain things can make a real difference to your skiing.

Explained Step by Step

This section explains step by step the physics that make skiing possible, and govern what the skis do. It then goes on to explain how these are used in skiing, and shows why certain things are so important. All done with carefully written explanations and carefully made graphics to make everything as simple as possible. Some areas require a basic knowledge of maths and physics to be easily followed, but everything has been made so that the important parts are easily understood. In the manoeuvres section there are many links back to these pages, for easy reference and incase they need to be read again.

Never Overly Complicated and Always Kept Relevant for Learning

This section only looks at the basic mechanics and physics in as much detail as will help people learn to ski. Everything could be gone into in a lot more detail as many small things have been missed out or summarised, but it was decided that they weren't important for learning to ski so are not included on the site at present.

To get a quick idea of what each section includes you can look at the summary page, although to know about anything in any detail the proper sections need to be read.

On to the Why Skis Slide section.

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