How To Ski Slalom
For advanced and extreme skiers that want to add another notch to their belts, knowing how to ski slalom is an impressive way to do that. Slalom skiing is a form of Alpine skiing that involves maneuvering around flag poles that form gates at a high speed. A high degree of athleticism is necessary to conduct the quick, tight turns and agility and balance determine success. Not all ski resorts offer a slalom course, so it is important to verify that a course is available and open to the public at the time you choose to ski.
- Prepare for slalom. Anaerobic exercise composes the primary training for slalom athletes because it focuses on strength and speed. This exercise is perfect for sports that require a high amount of these attributes for a short period of time. It is a very intense form of exercise that uses quick intervals to start anaerobic metabolism. Various exercises may be used for the intervals, such as running or swimming, but they usually last between 30 seconds and two minutes.
- Ski the course. A slalom course is divided into two sections: the actual slalom section where the flags are planted and the sprint racing at the end. To successfully complete the course you will need to crouch down, lean forward with the waist and hips and zigzag between the flags. To maneuver around the flags you lean to one side while barely lifting the ski on that side. Repeat this on the opposite side as you come to the next turn. After all your turns are complete you will sprint the short, last section to the finish line. It’s speed that determines your expertise in slalom, and you must keep up that speed from the beginning to the end of the course.