Ski Technique Lab

With numerous skiing injuries coming through the door we have teamed up with Ski Technique specialists from the Warren Smith Academy team as they tour the UK. 

We will be hosting a SKI TECHNIQUE LAB talk on the 22nd November at Leander Club in Henley which guarantees to provide some vital information on how you can improve your Ski Technique away from the snow.

The ‘Ski Technique Lab’ is an event that consists of a lecture and tests that explain the Academy’s 3 Way Lineage (Ski Technique / Ski Biomechanics / Ski Equipment Precision) philosophy of teaching and why it’s vital for ski technique development, unlocking classic blocks in skier movement patterns. This typically relates to a lack of movement range and muscle coordination which can be spotted and fixed off the mountain.

On last year’s tour, they introduced the first half of their DRY LAND TRAINING series and measured people in the 3 way foundation tests. This year they are excited to announce that they will be adding a further 3 tests on the evening giving you the ‘6 WAY FOUNDATION’.

The launch of the ‘6 WAY FOUNDATION’ tests this autumn is your chance for the team to help identify your specific movement ranges and what you need to do to either balance out differences between the right and left side of the body or to generally improve range.

Did you know…

  • Over 50% of recreational skiers don’t actually fasten their ski boots correctly. (this increases the risk of injury and also reduces performance.)
  • Over 60% of recreational skiers ski with their body weight back over their heels. (This increases the risk of ACL injuries and blocks the skier from developing.)
  • Over 90% of skiers have a weaker turning direction (This is really identified when skiing on a steep that is at their technical limit.)

warren smith academy lectureTo help educate skiers on how you can fix these issues and many more, the Warren Smith Ski Academy will give you the tools.

Results From Last Year’s Tour

Last year they introduced 1.Leg Steering range, 2. Skier Symmetry, and 3. Leg Flex Pattern. They demonstrated how each one of these areas can be worked upon at home with specific exercises that can ultimately improve ski technique away from the snow.

Over the period of the tour they worked with over 1000 skiers and their findings were incredible. The results highlighted just how limited people were in the ranges of movement required for skiing.Only 5% of people passed all of the following 3 tests in the SKI TECHNIQUE LAB:

By taking a measurement of how far each person’s ankle allows them to flex, they can tell early on if the simple mechanics of the sport will work or not. The ideal range for safe skiing on the drop test is between 15cm and 20cm with the same flex range on the right and left ankle. Their findings showed the national average was 11cm, with the lowest score being 4cm. Most importantly over 95% of people showed a clear difference between left and right ankle flex.

Symmetry describes how skiers manage their width of stance from the feet up to their hips and maintain a consistently symmetrical position. To test this range, they used their simple 10 second test, where attendees try to pull their feet together on a slippery surface in a slow controlled movement without the knees dropping in. The findings showed that over 70% of people had to take 3 attempts to make it last 10 seconds or more. Muscle fatigue was also evident.

The ability to steer the legs independently from the hips is one of the most fundamental movements in skiing. This is the ball rotating inside the socket joint of the hip. They measured the range the outside leg is able to rotate inwardly (i.e. left leg steering inwardly towards the right) without the hips following. The average inward rotation range was 45 degrees. 90% of people showed over 20 degrees difference between left and right and only 5% of people tested showed a clear range of 70 degrees in each direction.

The encouraging news is that many attendees went away from the lectures and used their specific exercises to help build on their results. People have since re-scored themselves and have seen dramatic changes in the ranges for each test. The simple fact remains, that for skiing specific movement ranges are required. Their findings demonstrate that the majority of skiers go to the mountains without these required ranges. If the range isn’t there off the snow, it won’t be there when you get to the snow. DRY LAND TRAINING gets you to these desired ranges on average within 3 weeks.

New This Year

Learning how to move laterally and create angles in the body. This is a key factor in skiing technique and a movement range that many people struggle with, especially on one side of the body. Their exercise will help identify and improve range.

Learning the correct action and understanding how to activate the outside leg to achieve edge grip and pressure during your turns. They will show you a great exercise to try at home or in the gym.

Becoming aware of core strength and how to keep it activated while skiing. This helps deal with the pressure that skiing puts through the middle of your body. They will give you some practical ski-specific exercises to try.

Ready to book?

The event starts at 7:30pm and will run for approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes with additional with time after to chat to the Academy team.

Venue: Leander Club, Henley, RG9 2LP

Entry is £8.25 per person payable online  or Telephone 01189462299 (£1 surcharge for telephone bookings).

We look forward to seeing you there!

For more information and to book your place click HERE.