8 Ways Women Can Ski Better

If you are struggling with your skiing and you have not had your equipment fit specifically to you, it is not your fault. The physiological differences between males and females require that women have not only equipment that is made for women, but fitting and adjustments that are sensitive to the physical differences between males and females.

Having women’s specific ski equipment gets you only about 50% of the way toward skiing excellence. Having your equipment properly fit to your body is the critical missing link that frustrates women skiers and keeps them from skiing as well as the can. Whether you are a never-ever beginner, racer or an instructor if you have not been custom fit you will be “blown away” at what a difference it will make in your skiing.

Custom Molded Footbeds

Regardless of your ability, custom insoles will support your foot in its most powerful “neutral” stance. It eliminates a host of fit problems, makes your boots more comfortable and most importantly set you up for quicker, easier turns and comfort and stability on the snow.

Canting

If you look at your leg between the knee and the ankle, you’ll notice that there is a curve in the lower leg. When boots are made the manufacturers account for the curve and build a slight outward tilt to the upper cuff of the boot. This works great when the curve of your leg matches the curve built into the boot. When it doesn’t you end up not standing flat on your skis. The skis don’t track straight and they’re more difficult to turn. Canting is the process of measuring this alignment and correcting any misalignment.

Fore and Aft Stance alignment

This is a simple thing but when it’s off, it’s awful. When viewed from the side it’s important to make sure that when you stand in a neutral position, your knee cap is aligned over the first toe-buckle of your boot. If you’re off there are a number of fixes for this.

Tune and Wax your skis

Skiing on poorly tuned skis is like riding a bike with half-flat tires. They are slow and hard to turn. In simple terms, tuning skis is setting and polishing base and side edge angles, and structuring and waxing the base. Two things to remember about tuning are; new skis do not come from the factory ready to be skied, and shape skis require different tuning for different skiing styles. Proper base and side edge angles are critical for skiing excellence. The rough grinds that new skis get in the factory are nowhere close to being precise enough to let the ski perform as it was intended.

Soften the flex of your boot

Shape skis turn by simply tipping them over on edge. To do that the skier needs to be able to flex at the ankle. Boots that are too stiff tend to cause the skier to flex at the hips which moves the skiers center of gravity aft which in turn makes the skis hard to turn and control. Boots that flex too stiffly can be softened.

Replace the Velcro strap at the top of your boot with a Booster Strap

The Velcro strap at the top of your boots limits the flex of the upper cuff and stiffens the boot. Booster Straps are made of elastic, which gives your boot a smoother easier flex.

Custom liners

Replaces the stock liners in your ski boots and will improve your skiing more than anything else you can do. They also keep your feet super warm and comfy.

Take a lesson

If you ski shaped skis like you did older straight skis, you’ll hate them. Taking a lesson speeds up the learning process and makes you better, quicker.

Not all women need or want everything from the list above. Bring your skis and boots in for an assessment and we can give you a prioritized list of which recommendations will help the most. Please be sure to make an appointment ahead of time. A typical appointment takes about an hour and can be done on Mon-Fri 10-6, Sat 9-3 or Sun 12-3.