Let us be abundantly clear: No one is too good or too old for ski school. A lesson with a professional ski instructor will make you a better skier. But we get it: When you only get a few precious weeks or days on snow, you're loath to spend them in a restrictive class setting, following a guy in a uniform down trails of his choosing, not yours.
Use this lunchtime drill to keep your weight forward. Then take it to the slopes to power through every turn.
THE BACK SEAT: It might have been cool in high school, but it’s dreaded on the slopes. “If your weight is over your heels, you can’t use the skis’ shape to your advantage,”says instructor Megan Harvey. Shaped skis are like front-wheel-drive vehicles: You want the mass of the drivetrain up front in order to pull and steer you through a turn. To keep yourself in a forward position, practice this drill during your lunch break: Stand in your boots on a flat surface and move your weight over the balls of your feet.
We knew it would come to this. A team of researchers in Japan has built a skiing robot, hoping to use the machine to explain the complex physical motions skiers use in their sport. The robot has completed several successful runs on an 11-meter slope of artificial grass, according to PhysOrg.com. We can see why they'd need a robot -- who wants to ski on grass?