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Updated: Dec 8, 2019

How to be a better skier: 10 ways to improve your skiing.
How to be a better skier: 9 ways to improve your skiing.
The 10 mistakes intermediate skiers make and how to fix them
The 5 most helpful tips for beginner / intermediate / advanced skiers.

How much more of this journalist twaddle I can take, I'm not quite sure?? If I'm not sick of seeing this kind of stuff every year, year-after-year, then I don't know what I am sick of.

For all of the 25 or so years I've been coaching, this kind of “insider” knowledge has been preferred as if becoming skilful at anything was the result of “tips” or “tricks”. It's the appeal to those who want something for nothing. People who like the idea of short-cuts. People who don't get any satisfaction out of working for something. What is skill at skiing? What is it founded upon? Skill is not a technique. Skill is a measure of our ability to perform a technique. The definition of skill is “The learned ability to bring about pre-determined outcomes with maximum certainty: often will minimal effort”.

Expertise at skiing, and its gradual development, do not result from “tricks” or “tips” - unless they are ski tips and we use them like the precision instruments they are. I am not prepared to trick folk into becoming my pupils but telling them if they come with me, I'll just show the a few tricks and they'll be away.

If you are a skier, no matter your level of skiing, and you want to know how to improve your ski carving for example, or improve your ski technique, you will only do it by becoming expert at each of the fundamentals, and then combining them.

To learn more about how to build this process visit Expertise is a construction. You build it. You cannot build it by being told a few tips, or tricks.

Eric Clapton, just in case you didn't know who he he is, didn't become one of the world's greatest guitarists by learning a few tricks. Roger Federer a great tennis player, also didn't become the best tennis player the world ever saw by being given a few quick tips. What each of them did was to get to understand their game, and then work to get good at the fundamentals.

Expertise is built on fundamentals

Is this skiing information bad news? It depends on how you look at it I suppose? If all you want is to use your skis for is as a mode of transport to somehow get down as many slopes as possible in a day, what does it matter? Any old trick will do, won't it?

If on the other hand what you would like to do is really get satisfaction and personal growth through working at something and becoming skilful at it, then the answer is different. It does matter, to you. You get added pleasure from the very fact that having to apply yourself to it is a necessity. If it takes time, so what? All the better – personal growth lies in the journey not the arrival.

And if you think that it's a pointless exercise because you've skied for years and are still not good – you're wrong. It's not your fault, it's been the teaching. If you're older and you think perhaps you're past it – again, you're wrong. Check out the rest of my site at and you'll find proof from skiers up to 80 years of age, and both men and women.

You can learn how to control speed on steep slopes; how to stop when skiing fast; how to carve skiing; how to be a better skier. But it takes effort – the best things in life are seldom free or easy come-by. However, you can learn for free over at my training videos page. Why not pop over and start learning today?

I couldn't help but pop in a link to an associated article that I found on the web by as one of the most important things that you need to remember as a beginner or intermediate skier is, that your equipment is as important as your skill.

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