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Feel Free to Relax

Last season we dedicated this article series to proper ski technique and myths surrounding it. This year we will focus more on your own skiing and we will discuss common mistakes and problems we encounter on ski slopes. Since last year we know that skiing begins from the head, or more precisely the mind, and therefore in the first article of this season we will look closely how fear is influencing our ability to control our skis effectively. We will point two common mistakes caused by being afraid. Fear in the head, tension in muscles and unbalanced stance. Skiing is fun. However every one of us was in an uncomfortable situation in which we didn’t feel comfortable and our fear prevented us to take the next step on the road to improvement. These situations often have the same origins. Simply… Read More »Feel Free to Relax

From Olympic Ski Racer to LSIA Ski Instructor

Written by Ieva Jan (former Lithuanian Alpine Ski Racer and Olympian and LSIA Level 1 Ski Instructor) I have always thought why I chose alpine skiing as my sport knowing that I live in the country that you can easily call flatlands. It was a very bumpy road, but it went from being a skier who goes to ski on holidays to an Olympic skier and now it seems like it was a very normal transition. In 2005 I joined a newly founded ski club in my hometown Vilnius and that’s were I learned to ski in gates. Soon I started expanding my horizons racing around in Europe. At the beginning, it was not easy psychologically and result-wise, but it got better with years passing and experience. What has started as a fun activity with a group of friends, became… Read More »From Olympic Ski Racer to LSIA Ski Instructor

Contemporary Skiing Technique and Teaching

What is your skiing goal, desire or dream? What is the thing you are working on in your own skiing throughout the season? Maybe you are good skiers who ALREADY FOR MANY SEASONS carves white slopes with ease, but nevertheless you are asking yourself a question: “how my skiing can be improved?” and “where I can push it further?” If your answer is “yes”, the following article, in which we will introduce the concept of contemporary skiing defined by Lithuanian Snowsports Instructor Association is intended for you. Contemporary approach to a turn on skis has many features and characteristics, however, the most important of them all is its shape. Our most desired goal while cruising down the hill should be continuous turns in the shape of a letter “S”, rather than those of a letter “Z”. Most basic rule of… Read More »Contemporary Skiing Technique and Teaching