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Tips to improve your technique

Technique is the most important thing when it comes to enjoying the snow, and it is the first thing to modulate to be able to change your ski. If skiing is your thing, there are several options:

Carving/Edging

The edge is the result of the inclination of the body and the angulation of the knees. For optimal carving, the 90% should be supported by the weight on the outside ski and use the inside only as support. To this we must add a flexion and extension of the body starting from a dorsiflexion of the ankles that allows the weight to be thrown forward and traction much better.

This type of ski is the reference for competitions, since it develops an aggressive and powerful technique to draw curves at maximum speed, which is why it is also a very demanding technique on a muscular level.

skidded

For a driftier ski, simply support the 90% with your weight on the outside/opposite ski next to the turn and angle your hip to the opposite side for optimal balance. This technique is necessary if there are ice sheets or if you want to enjoy a more relaxed and "enjoyment" ski.

Backcountry skiing or freeride

Who doesn't like brand new freshly fallen snow without stepping on machines or other skiers? Freeride is the spongiest, softest and most risky ski at the same time, and requires a different technique when being on soft snow;

For this discipline it is important that the weight of our body goes behind our boots, so we can raise the tips of the skis and not get stuck in the snow. So quad strength and balance are very important here.

The objective is to make a skiddy and smooth ski that allows us to enjoy the most natural and wild snow that we can find.

For the riders:

Balance is essential for snowboarding, so special focus must be placed on maintaining a posture in which the torso is straight and upright, and the knees and ankles bent to lower our center of gravity. The arms must be semi-open and the front leg especially firm, to support our weight well. From here, there are several disciplines of snowboarding:

freestyling

The most common and practiced style. It is the most risky discipline in turn, since it consists of doing jumps and tricks, varying the speed and managing the weight on the board as appropriate at all times. The ideal is to learn to make simple turns at first, and then gradually develop our technique until we dare to take the step to the snowpark.

freeride

Off-piste snowboarding, like Freeride skiing, consists of sliding on virgin snow, usually very loose and fluffy.
A very important piece of advice is to keep the weight/pressure on both legs equally, to avoid nailing the edge of our board and falling.

Competition

For a competition snowboard, edging or carving is essential, so we have to have a very good command of weight management and turns. Racing boards are stiffer and narrower to increase your speed, so they are difficult to handle, especially in curves.

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Skis

At Snow Market we have an almost infinite variety of skis for you, all freshly waxed and sharpened, waiting for you to give them a spin!!

But so much variety requires knowledge, that's why you are about to read the best tips to choose your perfect skis:

ALPINE

Regular alpine skis are the most versatile. By adapting the technique you can trace your perfect curves on hard snow, powder snow or off-piste; They are the perfect skis if you are just starting out but also if you have experience and want to live a full day in all snow conditions, you set the limits!

CARVING

With wider tips and lighter than alpine, they are perfect for slaloms and short turns; They allow a smooth entry into a curve to later drive edges and accelerate in each curve. This ski technique, the edge, depends on the inclination of the body towards the side of the curve and the angulation of the knees towards the opposite side in order to achieve balance and strength in the edge that makes the most of each curve. Ideal skis for an aggressive and fast technique, optimal for competition.

FREESTYLE

The most radical and daring skis you can choose. Perfect for snowparks, to enjoy doing your best tricks on jumps, grinds and pipes, to be the king of the slope! They have a double tip to even ski backwards and for optimal landing on jumps, but also for optimal behavior on off-piste and soft snow just by modulating your weight backwards.

freeride

Freeride skis are specifically designed for powder and off-piste. They are longer skis (5/10 cm higher than the skier himself), and also wider. These features increase the buoyancy of the ski and make it ideal for light snow.

Boards

As they say out there, like tastes, colors... or snowboards! Here you will find your perfect snowboard for any specific discipline you practice.

Below you have broken down the different types of snowboards to find the board that you need; It's not just the color that matters!

freestyling

The boards used for Freestyle Snowboarding are quite short, wide and maneuverable, since in this way we will have greater control over the material and it will be easier to make our jumps. In general, the tables used by the freestylers, They are also symmetrical which allows us to use them both in one direction and in the other. These characteristics and its great flexibility make this type of material ideal for beginners. Boots and “soft” bindings are used with them.

freestyling

Freeride, like skiing, is based on surfing virgin snow, off-piste and loose terrain. Freeride snowboards are the best sellers for their versatility. They are very adaptable and optimal for different styles of snowboarding. They are unidirectional boards unlike those of freestyle; they have a narrower tail than the tips, so the bindings are set further back. The latter are of the “soft” type.

Snowboard race or competition

As we have commented before, these boards are the most rigid and difficult to maneuver, but at the same time the fastest on the track. They use "hard" bindings for greater weight transfer and reactivity in curves (so they also require hard boots). They are very stable on straight lines, and on pivots their behavior depends exclusively on the rider.

All these ski and snowboard technique tips will make you enjoy your day one more 1000%, but for a really refined technique, as well as a lot of practice, we advise you to book a class with our snow professionals at one of our partner schools!

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