What Our Happy Customers Are Saying

“Small Motions, Big Changes: How An Indoor Ski Lesson Improved My Turns! ”

“You’ll find that 30 minutes on this hill is a long time,” Mark, an instructor, told me. I was climbing onto the world’s longest ski slope being an indoor ski simulator at First Tracks.”

“As Mark helped me onto the deck and clicked my boots into the child-sized skis, he explained that on the simulator, very small movements would be magnified. Because Mark would be standing in front of me (as opposed to skiing in front of me), he could watch my feet and clearly see what I was doing right, and wrong.”

“It’s All in the Little Toe. Little skis, coated with silicon.”

“Almost immediately three things became clear. One, I turn a lot better to the left than to the right. Two, I’m used to switching rapidly between my edges, without savoring the edgeless glide that should be in the top third of each turn. And three, I am directionally dyslexic. Mark would tell me to move right and I’d think left. He’d tell me to initiate a turn with my downhill ski and I’d get confused. Finally, he hit upon something I could understand. “Tip your ski in the direction you want to go. Bingo!”

“Over the course of the lesson, Mark put me through a variety of drills to get my little toe edges engaged. I scraped the “snow” with my little toe edge and the other ski followed. I lifted my ski an inch and put it down on edge, immediately the other ski followed. Between each turn, he had me focus on edgeless skiing. Pretty soon, I was very comfortable on the deck and practicing universal skills that can be used on corduroy, in crud and in moguls, too.”

“From “Snow” to Snow.”

“A big benefit of a deck lesson is that it allows a skier to practice off snow in a very concentrated and controlled environment. It’s a “jump-start” to changing old, and learning new technique.”

“Only days later, we met Mark for first tracks at Vail Mountain. Boarding the gondola ahead of everyone else, my husband and I were raring to go. I mean, first tracks, no one else in sight, let’s go fast, right? Wrong. Mark explained that we’d be going slow. As he reminded us, speed can mask problems. The best skiers warm up slowly. They practice deliberate, precision turns and that’s what we’d be doing. Producing wide, rounded arcs, we followed Mark down the untracked corduroy, allowing our skis to drift uphill at the end of each turn, and effortlessly tipping from one little toe edge, to edgeless, to the other little toe edge. Just like on the deck, but this time on snow. By focusing on small, little motions, I made some big changes.”

~Kim