Bode Miller Advanced Ski Lessons from
|Last update: 2008 02 02
The key to it all:
- Timing: plant pole at the release of one turn; it
starts the new turn:
- Swing pole through the turn,
- Extend to an Upright Position and release
the last turn,
- Plant pole and transition to next turn.
- Vertical Movement: most movement comes from hips and knees
not from the arms, hands come up in smooth motion:
- Pull body up out of the angulated postion,
- Extend vertically and touch the pole,
- Sink into next turn.
5 Keys to
- use pole plant to pull yourself forward and align body over skis,
- apply ankle pressure forward to push
the soft shovel into early carving,
- roll the knees in to develop the
carve or out to release (at alignment),
- turn hips outwards to allow sharper angle
as inside ski comes forward to make room
for steep angle,
- keep head & shoulders level to
maintain lateral balance (not tip over)
during the turn.
4 Keys to
- Commit to the Pitch of the Hill: Get
perpendicular to your skis! Don't shy back away!
Get out away from the mountain, pitch
yourself almost diving down the hill! Get
Upper Body Out over the Outside Ski and
Pitch yourself Down the Hill!
- Aggressively Plant the Pole in the Snow to
Get Up Over the Skis as they release and dive
into the next turn: Reach Down hill, Plant
Pole hard in the Snow! Note how BM's arm comes
way forward to get the upper body over the
skis, then he plants the pole near his feet,
just at the release!
- Commit to the Outside Ski: Put your weight
on the outside ski. Shoulders & head level, up
out over the outside ski, avoid edge on inside
ski. Pull Upper Body Out Over the Outside Ski!
- Slow your Speed at the Top of the Turn:
don't throw skis across the fall-line in a
series of "hockey stops"! Chuck speed at the
entry to the turn: finish turn cleanly, commit
to new ski, then slide at the top of the turn,
then lock the edges carve the middle and end
of the turn, release, commit, slide, carve!
Slow your Speed at the Top of the Turn! In
other words, stay up on the skis, don't set
the edges during early carving, then come down
ankles, knees, hips, shoulders.
- So, Confidence is the key: Stay Heads
& Shoulders level, upper body perpendicular to
hill; Transition quickly: Use pole
plant to throw yourself down the pitch;
Exaggerate your upward movement: Use
Big up unweight and pole plant to transition
quickly from edge to edge, then commit to
- Balance Balance Balance: exaggerate the
extension, keep on the shovel to
- Control Speed: use edges but don't let skis
come way out, stay more upright & use
angulation and edge set with up movement
to lift tails out of snow,
- Exaggerate Extension and Pole Plant: Match
Body perpendicular to pitch at
transition, Use vertical movement to lift
- Stay on front of skis.