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Ski Technique

Mark Jones
Mark Jones
A BASI trainer and director of ICE in Val d’Isere, Mark is one of the top British ski instructors in the mountains.

Beginner skiing

  • Q: I'm trying to learn the techniques of controlling my speed. I feel comfortable in medium to long turns, but lose a lot of control and everything feels messy when reducing my speed. Can you give me any tips or drills I can practice? View answer

Intermediate skiing

  • Q: What is the best way to cope with slushy, cut up piste conditions as I find these conditions particularly difficult. Plus can you suggest some drills to practice to ensure my rusty technique is a bit more polished? View answer

  • Q: I used to ski with my feet close together, and spent years perfecting it, recently I have been trying to adapt my ski technique so I constantly ski with them apart but it doesn't seem to work, where am I going wrong? View answer

  • Q: I always feel happy and comfortable on the easy pistes, but as soon as it gets steep and bumpy my ski technique seems to go out of the window, how can I improve my technique to master the bumps? View answer

Progressing to the next level

  • Q: I'm 56 and want to improve from intermediate/advanced on piste to the next level (proper off piste). I could spend 6-8 weeks in the Alps this winter, what would be the best way to invest this time? View answer

Off Piste skiing

  • Q: Are there any routines I can practice on piste to help with off piste? Should I get a lesson or two? View answer

  • Q: I really want to enjoy skiing in powder, it looks amazing, but every attempt ends in complete disaster after a couple of turns. I have been given so many tips but nothing seems to help me to improve my ski technique. View answer

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