The theme running throughout our ski courses is very simple but vitally important, if you are to get the most out of your precious time on skis. To be able to achieve your goals, you should first understand what creates good skiing - the three guiding principles of effective technique - which will, with practice, enable you to ski in places you had only just dreamed of. Our aim in the Clinics is to help you to do just that.
When Ali Ross Skiing Clinics first broke the mould as a system independent of national ski schools, Ali's idea that holiday skiers should learn to use the side-cut of the ski to make effective turns, if they were to make real and lasting progress, was regarded as heretical by traditionalists. They claimed that "Such techniques are only for racers." Even today, some race trainers and ski schools continue to believe this and 'carving' is still seen as a niche, not a mainstream part of teaching.
Now, modern ski design with its exaggerated side-cut, has caught up with Ali's idea that carving should be the norm, rather than the exception, for recreational skiers. They can, as a result, learn to use the edges of the skis more easily and effectively. Our pupils have shown consistently that they not only can use the same technique as the racers, albeit at their own speeds and skill levels, but unless they do so, they will always be limited skiers. Once they have understood the basic principles and felt them working in practice, our skiers discover that their skiing horizons have widened immeasurably. They can ski better than they ever imagined, whether on-piste or far away from the beaten tracks.
Ali Ross's immense contribution to this technical revolution has been recognised by the award given to him by the Ski Club of Great Britain - the prestigious Pery Medal - for 'notably advancing the technique of skiing'. This award is, in the words of the Sunday Times, "the skiing equivalent of an Oscar."
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