by Jodi Fisher
Every slalom skier, regardless of ability, turns and cuts in one direction more naturally than the other. Shoring up your offside will give you a more predictable rhythm through the course, and may be easier than you think.
First Things First
Correcting your stance begins well before the course. As the boat is approaching the course you need to begin to center yourself over the ski’s sweet spot. By moving to the correct position as soon as you get atop the water, you will be training yourself to make this stance your most natural one.
To be truly “stacked” on your ski, you need your hips directly above the spot between the bindings. By standing tall, your hips will be high, directly above your feet. From this neutral position you will be more balanced and free to move.
Square Your Hips
Now that you are balanced, you need to ensure your hips are perpendicular to the ski. Think of a tape measure extending from the tip of the ski to each hipbone. Ensure the distance to both sides is the same. When your hips are perpendicular to the ski, they will always face the direction you’re traveling.
Turn Your Offside On
Keeping your body mass centered over the ski’s X and Y axis is the key to balancing your offside. As you enter your offside turn, keep both planes of balance in mind. This will prevent you from rocking back, and it will keep you from rotating your hips into the turn. You will now enter your offside lean balanced over your feet, with your hips facing the direction you are traveling.