We’d all like to get better and progress our skiing/snowboarding while having fun on the slopes. But why is it that some of us seem to advance way quicker than others? You’re out there putting the hours in and trying to learn, but it’s just not going very fast.
Here are a few things that you can do to learn and progress faster.
1) Step outside your comfort zone
In my previous post on injury prevention, I wrote about not going too far outside your comfort zone. However, this doesn’t mean that you should stay inside your comfort zone all the time. Live a little once in awhile!
If you’re confident with blue runs, why not give an easy black run a go? Or how about trying to get a little air off the side of a cat track. If you ride a lot of park, why not try learning to spin in a new direction.
You’ll probably fall a bunch or maybe even face plant, but that’s all part of learning. Just try to learn new things on days when the snow isn’t rock solid 😉
2) Learn proper technique
Take the time to find out what the proper technique is for whatever you’re trying to accomplish. Practicing the wrong technique can not only slow down your progress, but can also give you all sorts of bad habits that will be hard to get rid of later.
Using bad technique is like hitting your head against a brick wall and hoping to break through. Meanwhile, having good technique is like having a sledgehammer to break down that wall. It still takes some work but it makes a heck of a lot of difference having that sledgehammer!
3) Ride with a friend who’s better than you
Having a friend who can give you that much needed push is always helpful. You’ll find that when you ride with someone better than you, they’ll push you to try new things that you might otherwise not want to try. They can also be a great resource for helpful tips and tricks.
There’s nothing quite like that feeling of trying something new and exciting with a friend cheering you on.
4) Lessons, training camps & clinics
This is fairly obvious but you’d be surprised at how much of a difference a week’s worth of lessons can make. Good instructors can make things easier to understand, as well as correct your riding technique as you learn.
What you want to look for are instructors or camps with trainers who have experience in teaching the area that you’d like to progress in.
5) Record video of your riding
This is one area that can make a huge difference. Being able to watch your own riding technique and see exactly what mistakes you make is an eye opening experience.
Have a friend video your riding and watch the video at home. Analyse your technique and look at what things you can do to improve. It helps to have someone else who’s experienced watching as well, but if you’re by yourself, you can look at examples of good technique online and compare your own footage to see what you’re not doing.
Happy riding & let me know if these tips were helpful, I love to read comments and feedback!