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Help is on hand and it's all happening in the UK this autumn. The Warren Smith Ski Academy Technique Lab is going on its annual tour.



Now in it's 3rd year, the workshops present a lecture and explain the so-called, 3 Way Lineage - Ski Technique/Ski Biomechanics/Ski Equipment Precision.

The Academy believes they're vital for ski technique development and unlocking classic blocks in skier movement patterns.

This year's tour will be covering even more venues across the country at a variety of different stores.

The ‘6 Way Foundation' tests will give you a chance to be assessed by the team and identify your specific movement ranges.

What you need to do to either balance out differences between the right and left side of the body or to generally improve your range.

You'll have enough information to build your own technique development program off-snow and dramatically change your skiing before the winter season starts.

Here at PlanetSKI we can't recommend them highly enough and have benefitted from the advice given.

See here for an earlier report from PlanetSKI's senior news reporter, Katie Bamber, who attended a Lab session a coupleof years ago and will be at one of the London sessions this year:

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THE 6 WAY FOUNDATION TESTS

1. LEG FLEX PATTERN TEST

By taking a measurement of how far each person's ankle allows them to flex, it allows the instructors to tell early on if the simple mechanics of the sport will work or not.

The ideal range for safe skiing on the drop test is between 15cm and 20cm with the same flex range on the right and left ankle.

Our previous findings showed the national average was 11cm, with the lowest score being 4cm.

Over 95% of people showed a clear difference between left and right ankle flex.

2. SKIER SYMMETRY TEST

Symmetry describes how skiers manage their width of stance from the feet up to their hips and maintain a consistently symmetrical position.

To test this range, the Academy uses our simple 10 second test, where attendees try to pull their feet together on a slippery surface in a slow controlled movement without the knees dropping in.

Previous findings showed that over 70% of people had to take 3 attempts to make it last 10 seconds or more.

Muscle fatigue was also evident.

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3. LEG STEERING RANGE TEST

The ability to steer the legs independently from the hips is one of the most fundamental movements in skiing.

This is the ball rotating inside the socket joint of the hip.

The instructors measure the range the outside leg is able to rotate inwardly (i.e. left leg steering inwardly towards the right) without the hips following.

The average inward rotation range on our last tour was 45 degrees.

90% of people showed over 20 degrees difference between left and right and only 5% of people tested showed a clear range of 70 degrees in each direction.

4. BODY ANGULATION TEST

Learning how to move laterally and create angles in the body.

This is a key factor in skiing and a movement range that many people struggle with especially on one side of the body.

The exercise will help identify and improve the range.

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5. LEG EXTENSION TEST

Learning the correct action and understanding how to activate the outside leg to achieve edge grip and pressure during your turns.

The Academy shows a great exercise to try at home or in the gym.

6. CORE STABILITY TEST

Becoming aware of core strength and how to keep it activated whilst skiing.

This helps deal with the pressure that skiing puts through the middle of your body.

The Academy gives you some practical ski-specific exercises to try.


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The simple fact remains, that for skiing, specific movement ranges are required.

The Academy demonstrates that the majority of skiers go to the mountains without these required ranges.

If the range isn't there off-snow, it won't be there when you get to the snow.

DRY LAND TRAINING gets you to these desired ranges within 3 weeks on average.

The Ski Technique Lab hopes to educate people to go away and build these ranges but also encourage people to log the scores and keep in touch with the Academy to monitor progress.

The cost of the ‘3 Way Lineage' lecture and ‘6 Way Foundation' testing system, where you'll be provided with the tools to build your own development program, is £10 per person for the evening.

Each evening will run for approximately 2 hours and begin at either 7pm or 8pm depending on the venue.

Concluding with an open Q&A session, the evening lecture allows keen skiers to hit the ground running ahead of the fast approaching winter season.

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TOUR DATES AND VENUES

NORWICH - Snowfit Revolutionz - OCTOBER 5TH - 7PM

LONDON - Finches Ski Emporium - OCTOBER 8TH - 7PM

LONDON - Ski Bartlett - OCTOBER 9TH - 7PM

CHRISTCHURCH - Snowtrax - OCTOBER 10TH - 7PM

GLASGOW - Ellis Brigham Mountain Sports - OCTOBER 11TH - 7PM

KENDAL - Anything Technical Ltd - Ski and Leisure - OCTOBER 15TH - 7PM

MANCHESTER - ELLIS BRIGHAM - OCTOBER 16TH - 7PM

CASTLEFORD - ELLIS BRIGHAM - OCTOBER 17TH - 7PM

TAMWORTH - ELLIS BRIGHAM - OCTOBER18TH - 7PM

LONDON - ELLIS BRIGHAM (COVENT GARDEN) - OCTOBER 22ND - 8PM

HEMEL HEMPSTEAD - The Snow Centre - OCTOBER 23RD - 7PM

LONDON - Chel-Ski - OCTOBER 24TH - 7PM

CHERTSEY - Snow+Rock - NOVEMBER 7TH - 7PM

LONDON - SNOW & ROCK MONUMENT - NOVEMBER 8TH - 7PM

Places are limited for each venue so please book early to avoid missing out.

You can use the Eventbrite page here to book your place.

See here for the main PlanetSKI news page with all the latest stories from the mountains.

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