COACHING

This section of the website is not only for instructors, coaches and racers, but also for advanced skiers who want to master elements of modern racing technique. Here you will find articles on different aspects of ski coaching, from racing techniques, tactics and strategies to tips on dryland and off-season training.


Greg Gurshman

Juniors and Modern Technique   NEW!

Methods and strategies of teaching technique to children and juniors have been the subject of a variety of discussions for a number of years. Despite these discussions among coaches and instructors all over the world, there are still very few children and even junior racers who possess the technical skills at the level of adult World Cup racers. I think that this is a major issue because the real future of ski racing belongs to these very boys and girls.


Greg Gurshman, the author

A method for developing GS turn technique using S-turns and banana-turns   NEW!

Giant slalom is considered by coaches and racers to be the most technical discipline of alpine ski racing. The best GS racers demonstrate the quickness of slalom specialists and the carving skills of the downhillers. That is why I recommend dedicating about 70% of an athlete’s entire training volume to GS training. This is especially true for juniors and developing athletes. However, simply spending a lot of time on long GS boards does not guarantee that racers will acquire a solid GS technique. A correct approach to developing GS turns is, in my opinion, very important.


Greg Gurshman, the author

Use of the Inside Ski in Modern Race Turns   NEW!

While active use of the inside ski has been a part of modern technique for more than a decade, it is still widely discussed and debated throughout ski racing community and, in my opinion, is often misunderstood. Some ski instructors and even coaches advocate "railroad truck" turns using a 50 / 50 approach to weight distribution between the skis, while others insist on a dominant role of the outside ski throughout the entire turn.


Greg Gurshman, the author

Tendencies of Modern Technique - Myths and Reality   NEW!

While World Cup technique has been widely discussed and shown in the photomontages on a number of web sites and on the pages of the “Ski Racing Magazine,” a lot of myths and misconceptions are still floating throughout a ski racing community. Some advocate “hip angulation” as a primary means of maintaining the pressure on the outside ski, others teach counter-balancing in the beginning of each turn and insist on “level shoulders all the time” approach, yet others even come up with innovative techniques, supposedly, best suitable for recreational racers, but somehow not yet discovered and used on the World Cup.


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Greg's PHOTO GALLERY   NEW!

While working with racers and conducting coaching seminars, I often perform demonstrations of turns and drills in free skiing mode (i.e., outside the gates). I believe that demonstrations done in this manner can be more comprehensible in terms of distinguishing particular elements of technique even better than watching high level racers in the gates.


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Inclined To Win (Ski)

Carving clean GS turns has been the ultimate goal of both racers and coaches for at least two decades. It is a common knowledge that in order to carve, a racer needs to roll the ski on edge by executing a succession of technical elements generally described as edging.  The racers of the past, while using straighter and longer skis, predominantly used knee and hip angulation in order to produce edging in the turn. Modern technique executed on the shorter skis with a larger side-cut dictates the different mechanics of edging – inclination.


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Movement of the inside leg or matching the shins for effective arcs  

As I have mentioned in other articles on this site, the active use of both skis in the turn serves as one of the fundamentals of modern technique. While the outside ski plays the leading role in the initial phase of the turn, the action of the inside ski is crucial in carving the final part of an arc.


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The Pole Plant in Modern Technique  

 I believe it is hardly a secret that pole plants have been used by ski racers for a very long time in slalom and GS.  However, while conducting coaching seminars in US and Canada, I have discovered a number of misconceptions about the use of the pole plant in modern technique. Many coaches and ski instructors believe that for making carved turns on modern slalom skis the pole plant is not needed. Some go even further to say that the racers do not even use the pole plants any longer.


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Austrian Ski Racing Technique and Coaching. Part II: Gates

Part II of Austrian Ski Racing Coaching focuses on principles of setting training courses and progressions in gate training. A brief outline reveals a very methodical approach in getting young skiers ready to face challenging World Cup courses.


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Austrian Ski Racing Technique and Coaching. Part I: Technique

The outline of Austrian ski racing technique directly from the Austrian Ski Federation. Includes basic principles and methods of correction of common mistakes. Illustrated with photos of Hermann Maier and Benjamin Raich.


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Modern Alpine Racing Technique

Greg Gurshman

Modern alpine ski racing technique has been a subject of many controversies and misinterpretations. This article tries to clarify this matter by studying the technique of best ski racers in the world.


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Inclination as an Integral Part of Modern Giant Slalom Technique

Greg Gurshman

Inclination is a technical term that is often confused with banking. This article, first published in "Professional Skier", explains this very important part of modern technique.


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From Giant Slalom to Freeskiing

Georg Capaul

When ski technology evolves, skiing technique must follow suit. Hence, not only racers, but all skiers must be willing to alter their own skiing tactics to maximize the performance of the new gear.


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To Cross-Block or Not To Cross-Block?

Greg Gurshman

Cross-blocking technique to clear the gate in slalom may not always be the best tactic for developing junior racers. It is important to have a correct approach in teaching this very important part of modern slalom technique.


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"Short Story"

Olle Larson

This article was published in "Ski Racing" magazine in the Spring of 2000. Although slalom skiing has changed since then, the article presents a very interesting explanation of modern slalom technique.


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