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Getting in Synch: Getting Started

Getting in Synch: Getting Started

By Brian Blackstock
posted: 10/01/1999
  • Start with just two skiers, one behind the other, to get a feel for the dynamics of synchronized skiing.
    Add a third skier to form a wing. With a fourth skier, you can create a box or diamond formation.
  • Pick a groomed, uncrowded slope with a consistent fall line and a grade that is comfortable for the entire group.
  • Be watchful and respectful of other skiers; don't endanger others so that you can stay in synch.

    For the group leader

  • Let the followers know what direction you will be turning first.
  • Start off slow and easy.
  • Act like a human metronome, skiing with consistent rhythm.
  • Telegraph your pole plant; make it obvious and easy to anticipate and follow.
  • Ski the fall line. Pick a target down the fall line and ski directly at it.

    For the followers

  • Always look down the hill at the leader.
  • Stay "external."
  • Mimic the pole plant of the leader.
  • Watch the boots of the skier you are following and pay attention to the edge change.
  • Keep a soft focus to take in the whole picture.
  • Maintain a consistent distance from the leader; 15 feet is appropriate for getting started. Too close and you'll find you are always hitting the brakes; too far and the leader is hard to follow. "> Check out Getting in Synch "> Check out Getting in Synch: All The Right Moves, Basic Moves "> Check out Getting in Synch: All The Right Moves, Advanced Moves

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