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Skiing without poles

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davidb, thanks for expanding on the problem! As I think easiski has mentioned elsewhere, "modern" pole planting is very much a wrist movement, at least on "easier" terrain, where you probably don't need to use poles anyway.

Many years ago I spent a week with Ali Ross skiiing essentially without poles. I moved straight (drove Tignes to Flaine) to a second week on a Fresh Tracks trip where I was criticised on the first "testing" runs for not using poles rolling eyes

I think the question is, does not using poles stop you from doing stuff you want to do? If so, then follow lbt's suggestion above. If not, then why worry about poles?
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lbt, The exercise you mention is very useful for stabilising the upper body and for stopping people waving their arms about. Most people find it quite hard to start with, but then start to like it when they find that their legs begin working independently of their arms.[

b]davidb[/b], I think you could get an odd pair of sticks. A normal sized one for your left hand and either no stick or a small one for your right. One armed people use only one stick. Look for the thrown away pairs to broken ones and you won't even have to pay! rolling eyes
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easiski, Hi and thanks for your very interesting Oct comments.
In the video of Mr Craggs(thank you Sir for posting that) do you consider he is using "a minimal wrist movemement to make a touch (not a real plant)"?
Would you rather that we ski without poles in difficult terrain....as an exercise in learning to do without emotional crutches? snowHead
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Mac46, I don't think I use the poles at all on that one do I?
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Alan Craggs, spoilsport Laughing Stage fright? Wink
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The trouble with poles when in queue's is that little children like to poke your eyes out whilst swinging them in golfing motions Shocked
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Mac46, ski-ing without poles in difficult terrain is a good exercise, but you should build to it gradually. It is possible to have a nasty accident. However I think it's worth persevering from time to time s you may break a pole in a inconvenient place one day and have to do it!! However choose your condition carefully. Little Angel
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easiski, Thanks again for your advice. We regularly ski without poles on groomed stuff and also on one ski(leave the other at the top of the lift). A few seasons back I broke a pole when I lodged it in a barely covered rock face so I had to ski the steep and deep without actually choosing to do so pole-less....my turns got progressively shorter and shorter until we came out of the couloir and then I allowed myself the luxury of a faceplant.....lost about half a kilo in sweat! snowHead
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Mac46, sounds as though you're doing all the right things anyway. I find that without either one or both poles the trick is to pretend you have them in more difficult terrain. I make phantom pole plants and that's fine. On the piste it's quite good to just try to ski with your arms relaxed by your sides sometimes - it's amazing how much rotation this throws up! Shocked
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Don't understand how anybody can ski with out poles. The whole point of skiing is that it is a very efficient way of getting around a mountain - as opposed to snowboarding - and poles are absolutely fundamental in my book. I could not go to 20% of the places I go to without poles.

Hhhhhmmmnnn very strange..!!
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