Are you winning?
Last season, we gave 30 Systems to 3rd place finishers from around the country that had never won a race. You know what they said?
Do you feel that instant feedback helps you understand what your coach is telling you?
–“I absolutely do, I couldn’t figure it out for the longest time
but once I used the Forward Ski System it finally clicked”
Have you finished first yet?
–“I have! 3 times actually! Thank you so much!”
-Natalie Riffel, U21
So, what does it take to be a winning ski racer?
Consistency and understanding.
Can you make 30 or more, well executed, arced turns, starting at transition with a finish that sets you up for the next transition? If you are using the Forward Ski System you can.
You instantly learn what a dynamically balanced position is and understand what your coach is telling you about being forward and having your feet apart.
Are you going to be this racer?
“I made it to the U.S. D-Team and thought I was great, until we went to Europe and I struggled. I didn’t understand what my coaches meant when they told me to get forward. I didn’t progress and after suffering a knee injury I was taken off the team. From the moment I took my first turn with the Forward Ski System, I realized that I was truly not maintaining close to as much ankle flexion as I previously thought. In the transition between every turn, I would almost always lose flexion of the turning foot and many times, both feet. When you lose ankle flexion you lose control over the skis, it is as simple as that. Although, we might feel the same in warm up everyday, our body awareness and state of mind fluctuates constantly. The Forward Ski System is the best way to find balance and consistency day in and day out. I learned more in a couple of runs than two years on the D-Team.”
Name withheld due to NCAA restrictions.
Get a System and start being competitive. You are in a sport of thousandths and every advantage is a requirement.
Don’t believe us? Read this from Sasha Rearick, U.S. Ski Team, Men’s Head Coach:
“We look for athletes that can maintain ankle flexion as a basic skill, and I have found the Forward Ski System to be a great instant feedback tool to get any skier more balanced. Instant feedback is what will take racers to the next level in the shortest amount of time. I recommend Forward Ski to any skier that wants to improve their ability to execute on the mountain.”
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Ski Racers and the Forward Ski System
The Forward Ski System is the First, On Snow, Real-time, Bio-mechanical Feedback System for Ski Racers.
Designed to take measurable time off your runs and help you get on the podium.
- Forward Ski gives instant feedback through earphones on every turn. No review to wait for.
- Achieve better balance and independent foot control with the Proximity Channel.
- Accurately measure what ankle flexion does.
- Finish turns easier and gain time to plan your transition.
- Improve transition speed and arced-turn initiation with the Forward Pressure Channel.
- Gain more time and space to select the correct line after transitions.
- Rapidly accelerates your improvement by multiplying your experience.
Now, two sensors and a controller is all you need.
Before Forward Ski, it took hundreds of runs and countless coaching hours to pinpoint when or where a racer was failing to “get forward” or “get your feet apart”. Now learning where and when things happen is virtually instant, multiplying the correction.
Every form of racing has some form of performance-feedback equipment except skiing. A Formula One race car has feedback sensors functioning during races and 350 sensors running during practice sessions!
Why is all of this so important? Because Ski Racing is Momentum Racing.
A skier has a very short opportunity to generate acceleration at the initiation of a turn. A racer must take advantage of gravity and conserve speed as much as possible – any action that reduces momentum increases the time down the hill. Racers that can minimize any pressure points in the turn and maintain a consistently arcing turn will conserve momentum and more easily setup the next turn. Being able to maintain the correct line makes it much easier to avoid ruts and adapt to changing snow conditions. Additionally, if a racer is capable of making controlled moves at the top of a turn before the rise line, they can not only maintain momentum, but also generate acceleration down the hill.
Counter and Hips
The Forward Ski System has a Proximity Channel to tell you when your feet come together. As a racer it is very important to ski with your feet hip width apart. This allows for the stability of the hips so that the body can generate counter or an upright body position. The angles on the ski’s edges are made possible by counter. This position makes a very strong platform that is able to withstand the forces generated at speed. When a racer falls down or hip checks to the inside of a turn the coach can virtually always say your feet were together or you were tilting into the turn. If you are skiing with your feet together your hips cannot be level with the hill and you cannot generate enough angle on the edges.
Dealing with ruts and other course irregularities requires having a wide enough platform so that loss of edge or dropping into a rut does not put you on the snow. Tilting into the turn will guarantee a fall if the course is icy, rutty and not maintained. Independent feet allow the racer to make better decisions about line and where to go on the course.
In every instance of control, some degree of forward pressure is mandatory to initiate, accelerate, maintain and finish a turn.
Finishing the Turn
A vital component of ski racing is “finishing the turn.” If the racer is not forward, maintaining ankle flexion and holding an arc through the base of the turn and lets go before the turn is finished, the body momentum aims at the next gate and makes you late. The preferred turn point is above the gate. The additional 2 to 4 degrees needed for turn completion come from a clean arc before transition. If you are in the back seat the tips of the skis will not hold that arc. It only takes one botched turn to trigger a series of recovery attempts that cost precious time. The Forward Ski System provides valuable feedback throughout every stage of the turn, allowing racers to immediately know when ankle flexion is lost, and can correct it before it is too late.
Dramatically Improve Line Selection
In racing, distance is time. With every turn, there is the correct line that will get you through it quickest. Therefore, line selection is critical. The trick is positioning yourself to follow the best line for every turn. One crucial factor in doing so is skiing in a balanced forward position. Forward pressure is maintained by flexing the ankles and pressing into the front of the boot. If a racer completes a turn without maintaining appropriate forward pressure, it takes valuable time and distance to regain the correct, balanced position. Minimizing that time allows the racer to make a crucial decision about where to make the next turn based on a variety of factors, including where they are on the line and changing course conditions. This turn strategy keeps the racer from being forced into making a turn at a less-than-optimum initiation point.
Racing Skis Require Controlled Pressure Through Ankle Flexion
All skis initiate and turn better with selectively applied forward pressure. A racer can only achieve forward pressure through ankle flexion. The newly mandated longer arc radius skis require a series of differing controls to make good turns. First, they need to be bent and kept that way throughout the turn. Ankle flexion is required to do that. To shorten the longer arc of the new skies a turn can be initiated with steering the tips and skidding the tails above the rise line. Then transitioning into an arc for the rest of the turn. This allows the skies to be bent “gradually” into a turn, not jammed in. The ski-snow combination can only take so much lateral force without the ski skidding or sliding out of the arc, so maximizing the length of the arc, within the parameters of the given line for that turn, will increase the likelihood of a successful arc and the completion of the whole turn. Do not misunderstand the words maximize or length of the arc. Adjustments of 6 inches or less, can be the difference between winning and losing.