Although skiing and snowboarding on a revolving slope feels just like snow, due to the nature of the artificial surface and the fact, that you aren't actually moving downhill and instead, the slope is moving under you uphill - it brings some specific challenges to even experienced skiers.
Whether you're a complete beginner or a seasoned racer. You will have to get used to the surface of the slope before you can ski just like you would in the mountains.
Our highly-trained staff will help and guide you along the way. But you can also prepare yourself by studying the content and especially videos on this page. These are being prepared so that you may have a better idea of the progression and where you currently are in it. They also define the standards of skiing on our slopes and address specific common problems that new revolving slope skiers and snowboarders often encounter.
This video goes over the entire progression from level 1.0 an absolute beginner, to above level 4.0 an expert skier.
You will be able to see the standards for each level and it also highlights some of the most important things to take care of. The key skills for each level are further discussed in the video's description.show description
Being able to actively work with your posture, movements, and balance to maintain an upright stance without holding on to the bar while the slope is moving.
Controlling your speed and line is a crucial skill in skiing. The simplest way to control your speed is with a sliding snowplough. By spreading your legs and rotating the tips of your skis towards each other, you will create a snowplough position.
Being able to maintain your speed on the revolving slope or while sliding on snow is crucial. To do it, you have to fine-tune your snowplough so that you slow down just enough to remain hovering at the same distance from the bar.
Basic Plough Turns
By rotating the tip of one of my skis towards the other, I will start turning the entire snowplough in that direction. Which will then make you slide in the direction of the rotating ski. This slow and steady movement sideways will then allow me to develop a more dynamic snowplough turn.
Dynamic Plough Turns
By working with the pressure that the turning creates under the outside ski, you start to develop a specific rhythm in your turns and then begin to use the movements of your body to create more pressure under the ball of your outside foot on the turn's initiation and then roll this pressure to your entire foot as you cross the fall-line and start engaging the next turn. Focusing this pressure on the inside edge of the outside ski will help you build dynamic and speed across the surface of the revolving slope.
Unweighting Inside Ski
Or better known as pedaling your feet. It is the act of making your inside foot lighter, or decreasing the pressure on it, to allow it to move closer to your outside ski. This is done by bending your inside knee while extending your outside knee, which creates the sensation of pedaling a bicycle.
Flattening Inside Ski
When you start to unweight the inside ski, you will still feel that its inside edge is manipulating it. Thus you have to start flattening it by rolling your ankle into the turn. This will bring the ski from the edge to the base at which point you will be able to rotate it parallel with your outside ski.
Basci Parallel Turns
Also known as plough-parallel turns occur when you can get your skis parallel for a while but still make a snowplough during the transition when turning down the fall-line. As you build confidence in the Basic parallel turns, you will eventually be able to create a very small snowplough only briefly before the next parallel turn. At this point, you are also able to confidently hold your ski poles with the correct posture.
By working with pedaling and getting pressure on the outside ski sooner, you will eventually be able to skip the snowplough and keep your skis parallel throughout all the phases of the turn. This then becomes a parallel turn.
Using Ski Poles
As you build confidence in your parallel turns, you will start introducing movement into your upper body. By learning to plant your ski poles you will gain a valuable tool to help you maintain rhythm. And when correctly applied, ski poles can further help you to get pressure on the tips of your skis for shorter-radius turns or in demanding terrains, such as bumps/moguls or deep snow.
As you grow out of the simple cross-through transition based on pedaling and keeping pressure on at least one ski. You will start learning the cross-over method. This is a more performance-oriented method commonly used in alpine racing or when skiing very difficult terrain. It utilizes the movement of your upper body along the vertical axis by using the flexion and extension of your lower body. When timed right, this unweights your skis briefly making it possible to very quickly swing your lower body under yourself to initiate the next turn.
After improving your timing and flow, you start to experiment with medium or short-radius turns. Short-radius turns are ideal for narrow runs, or when decending steep slopes.
The physically most demanding transition is the cross-under. Requiring you to use the flexion of your lower and upper body to bring the skis up to yourself and then quickly extend them into the next turn. A turn commonly used the speed disciplines of alpine racing, as it allows for a very low center of mass thus giving great stability.
Being able to cross-under your skis, you will learn to ski in the racing tuck. This position is mainly utilized for its aerodynamic benefits. But being able to do quick and precise turns while maintaining this low position is the real challenge.
180 Spins & Switch Plough Turns
Once mastering your body management and using the steering elements to their full potential, you will have no problem performing a 180-degree spin into a switch snowplough position. Switch meaning reverse. Then you will easily perform a series of dynamic switch plough turns. And finish off with a 180 degree turn back to facing forward.