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It is relatively easy to increase your skiing speed by dropping into a tuck and pointing your skis straight downhill on a steep slope. The difficult part is developing the skill and strength to control your skis at higher speeds so that you can ski entire runs consistently without crashing or having to make panicked hockey stops to reduce momentum. Because skiing faster increases the possibility of injury, always wear a helmet and goggles and maintain constant awareness of terrain and other skiers. Don't ski fast in bad light, unpredictable snow conditions, on crowded runs or during late afternoon when you are tired. Always ski in control to avoid injuring yourself or others.
The better your technique, the faster you will ski. A pure, carved turn is faster than a skidded one. Work with a ski instructor to control turn radius by pressure and edge angle rather than jamming the tails of your skis in linked hockey stops to control speed. Unweight at the ends of turns and move your hips laterally over the skis into the new turn, using sidecut to turn rather than pivoting. Keep your upper body still and hands forward, using pole plants to keep your focus down the hill. Work on gradually increasing the radius of your turns to build speed.
Citizen Racing Clinics
The safest place to learn to handle high speeds is on a racecourse. Most resorts have racecourses and clinics geared to the improving skier. The spacing of gates and the ruts left by previous skiers create the correct line for you to follow on the snow. Concentrate on looking ahead at least one gate so that you can initiate new turns quickly to stay on the fastest line.
Holding a high-speed turn takes leg, back and abdominal strength. Use front and side lunges, leg presses, abductor/adductor machines and stability ball core exercises to develop strength to control skis at high speed. Interval training builds muscular endurance for sustaining speed the entire length of a run.
Beginner or intermediate gear can be dangerous at high speeds. Choose firmer, professionally fitted boots with stiffer forward flex for the precise control needed for high speeds. Short, soft skis wash out at high speeds. Choose a longer, stiffer ski with a fairly shallow sidecut for fast cruising or citizen racing. Although few recreational skiers can control genuine World Cup skis, many companies manufacture detuned race skis, geared toward advanced or expert recreational skiers.
A well-tuned ski is faster than an untuned one. Especially if you are skiing on hard snow, get a full tune including base grind every two to four ski days. Sharpen edges and hot wax skis daily. For heavy, wet snow, texture ski bases using 60- or 100-grit sandpaper before waxing to break up surface tension and increase speed. Use a brush or medium scrub brush of type sold in supermarkets for cleaning dishes, after waxing to add a finer layer of texture.