As many of you know 2018 is a special year for both the Norfolk Snowports Club and Snowfit.
While we are not quite as old as the NSC we are still very proud to be celebrating
our 20th year of being in business.
To help celebrate this we will be running a series of events through October.
To kick it all off we are pleased to announce that we will be the first port of call for this year’s
Warren Smith Ski Academy SKI TECHNIQUE LAB 2018 UK TOUR.
So if you want an evening of geeking out on Ski Tech and Technique Snowfit is the place to be on the 5th October.
Tickets for the event are £10 and all those who attend will get a £10 Snowfit voucher to offset this cost.
To avoid disappointment we recommend booking your tickets early.
The event will start at 7pm and will run… well until we are done I guess.
We will have drinks and nibbles so if you are coming straight from work you shouldn’t go hungry J
Here is more information about the evening from the man himself.
Have a read through and hopefully we will see you on the Friday 5th October.
SKI TECHNIQUE LAB 2018 UK TOUR
We are pleased to announce that this October will see the return of the Academy’s SKI TECHNIQUE LAB TOUR.
Now in it’s 3rd year, these workshops present a lecture and explain the 3 Way Lineage
(Ski Technique/Ski Biomechanics/Ski Equipment Precision) and why it’s vital for ski technique development
and unlocking classic blocks in skier movement patterns.
The ‘6 Way Foundation’ tests will give you a chance to be assessed by the team
and identify your specific movement ranges and what you need to do to either balance out differences
between the right and left side of the body or to generally improve range.
You’ll have enough information to build your own technique development program off the snow
and dramatically change your skiing before the winter season starts.
THE 6 WAY FOUNDATION TESTS
1. LEG FLEX PATTERN TEST
By taking a measurement of how far each person’s ankle allows them to flex, we can tell early on if the simple mechanics of the sport will work or not. The ideal range for safe skiing on the drop test is between 15cm and 20cm with the same flex range on the right and left ankle. Our previous findings showed the national average was 11cm, with the lowest score being 4cm. Most importantly over 95% of people showed a clear difference between left and right ankle flex.
Symmetry describes how skiers manage their width of stance from the feet up to their hips and maintain a consistently symmetrical position. To test this range, we used our simple10 second test, where attendees try to pull their feet together on a slippery surface in a slow controlled movement without the knees dropping in. Previous findings showed that over 70% of people had to take 3 attempts to make it last 10 seconds or more. Muscle fatigue was also evident.
3. LEG STEERING RANGE TEST
The ability to steer the legs independently from the hips is one of the most fundamental movements in skiing. This is the ball rotating inside the socket joint of the hip. We measured the range the outside leg is able to rotate inwardly (i.e. left leg steering inwardly towards the right) without the hips following. The average inward rotation range on our last tour was 45 degrees. 90% of people showed over 20 degrees difference between left and right and only 5% of people tested showed a clear range of 70 degrees in each direction.
4. BODY ANGULATION TEST
Learning how to move laterally and create angles in the body. This is a key factor in skiing and a movement range that many people struggle with especially on one side of the body. Our exercise will help identify and improve the range.
5. LEG EXTENSION TEST
Learning the correct action and understanding how to activate the outside leg to achieve edge grip and pressure during your turns. We’ll show a great exercise to try at home or in the gym.
6. CORE STABILITY TEST
Becoming aware of core strength and how to keep it activated whilst skiing. This helps deal with the pressure that skiing puts through the middle of your body. We’ll give you some practical ski-specific exercises to try.
The simple fact remains, that for skiing, specific movement ranges are required. Our findings demonstrate that the majority of skiers go to the mountains without these required ranges. If the range isn’t there off the snow, it won’t be there when you get to the snow. DRY LAND TRAINING gets you to these desired ranges on average within 3 weeks.
At the Ski Technique Lab we hope to educate people to go away and build these ranges but also encourage people to log the scores and keep in touch with the Academy so we can monitor your progress!
To book tickets for this event please click
See you there…Chris