So, you’ve mastered the basics and are confident on the green and blue runs, but where do you go from here? How do you make the transition between snow ploughing on the blue slopes and parallel skiing on the red runs and tackling the more challenging, steeper routes? While winter holiday providers such as Neilson can cater to your more intermediate needs, having an idea of how to handle yourself on this new terrain will help to make it more of a pleasant experience.
For most people, the issue is getting to grips with the bumpier, steeper terrain that is associated with the harsher red and black runs, while the snow is very different here too. You won’t find compact snow as much on the black runs, with deep, powdery snow being a regular occurrence. You will need to master the difference in order to become a star on the steep runs.
Fairly obviously, the longer you spend on the slopes, the better you’ll be. While a couple of weeks during the winter can help your skills develop substantially, if you’re lucky enough to enjoy more time free, use it to your skiing advantage.
Take a look at the intermediate courses that may be available in your resort, tailormade to suit the more competent skier who wants to develop their skills further.
Adjust your technique to suit the varying terrain and adopt a new stance that doesn’t include the snow plough. Most of all, be positive – you’re probably much better than you think you are.
Remember that the majority of “advanced” skiers that you see on the slopes will be doing it much more often than you are. We may be able to cram in a couple of weeks a year into our hectic schedule, whereas they will likely be on the slopes substantially more often. Remember that when you see them whizzing past you with the flair and elegance of a world-class skier – Average Joes will take much longer to gain the confidence to do that!