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Beginner Snow Skiing Lessons : How to Use Ski Poles

Beginner Snow Skiing Lessons : How to Use Ski Poles


Hi! This is Dave Smith with Hillcrest Ski
and Sports in Gresham, Oregon on behalf of Expert Village. In this tutorial we will cover
beginning skiing. In this clip we’ll cover how to properly use your ski poles. Now, many
beginners learn to ski without using poles which is totally fine. Once you decide to
start using them, they’re primarily there to help you keep your balance. Most poles
have a strap attached to them. Let me show you how to properly use that strap so that
you don’t injure yourself. With the strap opened up, you want to come up through the
bottom of the strap and grab the handle of the pole down over the strap. Once again,
come up through the bottom and grab the handle down over the strap. By using the pole this
way, if you need to let go of it, it will fall immediately to your wrist and your thumb
will not get caught. Let me show you how not to grab your pole. Do not go down through
the top and then grab the grip without the strap in between. If you do this, when you
let go of your pole it’ll still rest between your thumb and your forefinger. And you can
get thumb and forefinger injuries very easily. Once you’re comfortable making turns on your
skis, you can start to think about making pole plants. This is more of an intermediate
level skill. However, I’ll briefly cover it for those of you that get comfortable with
turns. As you’re traveling downhill getting ready to initiate your turn, you’re going
to want to plant your pole and turn around it. In other words, if I want to make a turn
to the left, I’ll first plant my pole in my left hand and make my turn around it. Once
I’m ready to turn back to the right, I’ll first plant my right pole and complete my
turn around it.

39 thoughts on “Beginner Snow Skiing Lessons : How to Use Ski Poles”

  1. do more advanced skier pole plant,…? I think it looks better to do so,… my buddies never use their poles,…
    I think it looks ametuerish to not pole plant,…

  2. Using a pole plant is a really good idea because it helps you to remain balanced and to turn more quickly. Also it helps you to stay forward when you ski, which puts you in more control of what you do.
    – from a ski racer.

  3. He's putting the straps on right, but why is he showing people how to pole plant when his skis are going into wedges when he turns? Someone more experienced should be doing it.

  4. Cool vid, if you guys want to see TONS of ski footage through major resorts of Colorado, come to my channel!

  5. oh jeeze, you're planting your pole after you've initiated your turn… noooo… and what's with the giant arm wrench? noooo

  6. So I snowboard but have tried skiing and still don't understand why ski poles are necessary, seem more of a hinderance than anything. Nobody can seem to actually explain why anybody uses them or why they even exist. Can anyone shed some light?

  7. why do I never see advanced skiers use the pole plant technique? I assume they mainly use poles for balance and nothing else really..

  8. Hahaha. Honestly, ski poles are a marketing scheme. This video is a prime example of how useless they are. They're completely unnecessary and hinder a majority of skiers. Don't be a sucker.

  9. One thing to add. The hand should be kept in front of you and pointed down the hill at all times. You twist the wrist to bring the pole forward, not the entire arm. After your pole goes into the snow, twist your wrist again to bring the pole back keeping that hand out in front of you.

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