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For a Balanced, Athletic Stance – Think Congruency
By Dan Ray; Squaw|Alpine Ski and Snowboard Schools Training Manager; PSIA-W Examiner and Clinician
Skiing is an athletic endeavor which requires a balanced, athletic stance in order to be successful. When developing and maintaining a balanced, athletic stance, think about creating congruent angles in your body.
Slightly flex your ankles and feel your shins against the tongues of your boots. There should be equal flex in both ankles, and the angle of your shins should be the same from leg to leg. Flex your knees in proportion to your ankles, they should be bent but not overly bent. Your pelvis and hips should be tilted forward and should be over your base of support, not behind it. Slightly curve your spine forward, try to match the angle of your spine with the angle of your shins. Finally, your arms should be extended and your hands should be out in front of you in a “ready” position.
Skiing with congruent flex and angles in your ankles, knees and spine will help you maintain a balanced, athletic stance while descending. Skiing with this stance will allow you to make more effective steering, edging and pressuring movements providing more control and a successful, less tiring day.
Here they come! The high winds ahead of the biggest snow forecast in years are howling over the ridges. After a night of steady rains, the ground is saturated and ready to hold onto the 1-3 feet of snowfall expected later today and through the night. The rains have turned to snow even as we speak! And a second big storm is due to arrive Saturday night! We have our snow blowers primed, skis tuned, waxed and ready. Bring it on, Mother Nature! The excitement up here is all the buzz, with people re-arranging work schedules in order to get out there for fresh tracks Friday morning.
For the latest updates from our local snow-casting guru, check out Bryan Allegretto’s Tahoe weather forecasts on the Open Snow website:
The Lake Tahoe area received much-welcomed heavy rains on October 17th resulting in this beautiful rainbow over the east shore of Lake Tahoe. We’ve since received several snowstorms which, combined with a drop in nighttime temperatures, have given us the start to what’s looking like a normal early winter. For up to date weather forecasts we find in-depth Tahoe weather updates at www.opensnow.com/dailysnow/tahoe. Visit the Travel tab drop down on our website for links to accommodations in Squaw Valley and additional information that may help you in planning your Squaw Valley ski vacation this winter.
Inn Shop has been the proud platinum sponsor of the Tahoe Sierra Century cycling fundraiser for the past 5 years. The event raises funds to support the band programs at Tahoe City Middle and High Schools. Riders were again welcomed for check-in and registration at the Inn Shop with help from our dear friends and loyal supporters Hersh Archer and Judy Scott (his by far better half). This year we were amazed by three unicyclists who joined the fun, riding a metric century (including the climb up Donner Summit) on one wheel and no brakes! Kudos to their amazing accomplishment! For more information about the ride visit their website at www.tahoesierracentury.com.
The Siberia Express has been replaced with a high speed 6 pack chairlift. In early September the lift was in pieces in the Squaw parking lot, awaiting the ride to the top of the mountain. It’s no longer in the parking lot, so we can all look forward to the new lift in full swing this season.
Frank and Sandy have enjoyed many cycling trips together during the summer months these past eight years, including riding around the coast of Ireland, a trans-Pyrennes ride from Barcelona to San Sebastian, a trans-Alps ride from Geneva to Nice, as well as self-guided travels through the Dolomites, Slovenia, Croatia, Austria, Switzerland, Norway, Bavaria, and Czech Republic. They just returned from a month of cycling in Nova Scotia and the Maine coastline, where they enjoyed a dose of magnificent New England fall colors and a few lobsters as well! Sandy by the way will be joining the Inn Shop crew this winter (you may find her on the floor fitting your boots) having recently retired from the local Tahoe Truckee Schools.
Over the past 5 years Inn Shop owner Frank and son Mike Sahlman have traveled to a number of remote areas of the world to backcountry ski. In November, 2011, they signed on with IceAxe Expeditions and travelled to Antarctica for their first backcountry skiing adventure (a few of Mike’s photos from their trip are posted below).
They’ve since sailed a 67-foot sailboat through the Svalbard Archipelago of Norway up to the 80th parallel to ski with the polar bears, climbed and skied Mt. Blanc (where they celebrated Mike’s 30th birthday (on a day with 40 mph winds and little visibility), and skied out of the Tasmin Saddle Hut for 6 days in the Mt. Cook National Park of New Zealand. They’ve also skied the Troll Peninsula of Iceland, the volcanoes of Chile, and most recently, the Lofoten Islands of Norway this past May. Africa and Asia are two remaining continents still on their backcountry bucket list. We’ll be posting more favorite photos from these memorable father/son skiing adventures in future blogs.