The correct use of ski poles

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and the multifaceted importance of them when skiing

The correct use of ski poles can help make skiing more efficient and safer. Often underestimated, the poles offer many ways to keep your balance, as a rhythm generator and to optimize power transmission when skiing.

In this blog, we explain the versatile meaning of ski poles.

The correct using of ski poles

Balance, turning aid and rhythm generator

Ski poles are excellent tools to help you keep your balance and have more stability on the skis. When skiing, the ski poles are held in the hands on the side of the body.

Using ski poles („pole plant“) helps to do a turn with the skis parallel, so it is a turning aid. The poles also serve as a rhythm generator for skiing short turns.

Especially on steep, hard slopes, the use of poles supports the upward movement to prepare the turn, serves as a turning aid and helps to maintain balance during the turn while you change the edges of the skis.

Most skiers only notice the importance of ski poles for skiing when they do a descent without ski poles. Anyone can try this for themselves.

Help to get up after you fall down

If you fall, the ski poles can also be a great help to get back on your feet. If you place the poles next to you in the snow, you have the opportunity to hold on to the ski poles and push yourself up.

Support on pushing sections and when you have to walk up the slope

On flat sections of ski slopes, it can happen that you don’t have enough speed and stop. In this case, you can push yourself further with the ski poles until the gradient is sufficient for skiing again.

Sometimes it also happens that you have to step up a few meters on the ski slope. Here, too, the ski poles can be used as a walking aid.

Conclusion – The correct use of ski poles

The ski poles are much more than just accessories for skiing and have important and helpful functions. They serve as balance and turning aids and can be used as rhythm generators. The poles are used to help you get up after you fall on the slope or to push you on flatter sections of a ski slope. By using the ski poles correctly, you can enjoy the skiing experience even better! See you in our ski resort Hochzeiger-Pitztal!

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