The ultimate ski workshop
Developed by renowned ski guru, Warren Smith, resulting form 20 years’ experience working with thousands of skiers, this formula helps to make a skier biomechanically sound, reduces the risk of injury and makes for faster development when on skis.
What you’ll learn
The Warren Smith Ski Academy (WSSA) brings together some of the sports’ top professionals to create a unique coaching team that actually guarantees ski technique solutions.
This is achieved by evolving traditional methods of ski coaching and adding two additional layers; ski biomechanics and ski physiology.
This combination of ski technique, ski biomechanics and ski physiology is rapidly becoming known as the new wave in ski coaching and is the only way to ensure 100% results.
The Three Way Lineage
Ski Technique, Ski Biomechanics and Ski Equipment Precision
Three aspects of skier development that need to be worked on together at all times to guarantee success.
The Six Way Foundation Test
1. LEG FLEX PATTERN TEST
By taking a measurement of how far each person’s ankle allows them to flex, we can tell early on if the simple mechanics of the sport will work or not. The ideal test range for safe skiing is between 10 and 15cm with equal range on the right and left ankle. Many skiers taking the test don’t meet the range needed and also show a difference between left and right.
2. SKIER SYMMETRY TEST
How skiers manage the width of their stance from the feet up to the hips to maintain a consistently symmetrical position. To test this range, we use our simple 10 second test where attendees try to pull their feet together on a slippery surface in a slow controlled movement without their knees dropping in. A weakness in this range is usually evident with most skiers and training is needed to get to the 10 second goal.
3. LEG STEERING RANGE TEST
This describes the ability to inwardly rotate the outside leg of a ski turn. So, if you are turning left, it would be your inward rotation of the right leg which is measured, showing how effectively the ball is rotating inside the socket joint of the hip. Most people show a difference between left and right and many people show blockages on one side that directly effects their turns in one direction.
4. LEG FLEXION + EXTENSION TEST
Learning the correct action and understanding how to activate the outside leg is essential to achieving edge grip and pressure during your turns. Most people don’t ski with the available range they have and also have a difference between left and right. This test highlights this and shows how to develop quality in stability and mobility.
5. BODY ANGULATION TEST (LEG LEAN)
Learning how to move laterally and create angles in the body is a key factor in skiing and a movement range that many people struggle with, especially on one side of the body. This test identifies your limitation and also difference between left and right. It also gives you a chance to learn to move in this axis in a controlled manner with your hips in the best position for your individual physiology.
6. CORE STABILITY TEST
Creating awareness of core strength and how to keep it activated whilst skiing helps deal with the pressure that skiing puts through the middle of your body. You’ll be tested on a LOW, MEDIUM or HIGH core stability rating based on how you perform on the test. Exercises are covered on how to develop this area.
Alpine training techniques in the heart of London
So, join us at the Profeet Lab on Friday 28th October, 6pm – 8pm (£20), to experience the famous WSSA teachings right here in the UK. Get ahead of the ski season by getting into the right mind set so you can hit the slopes with new-found knowledge and tools to take your skiing to the next level.
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