Art of Alpine Skiing
Alexander Technique
What is the Alexander Technique?
How can I learn it?
Ski Safety

       The Alexander Technique is an effective means of learning to move with more coordination and ease. It does this by introducing a way of choosing how to respond to circumstances, a way that generally takes hands-on guidance to learn. Alexander worked out his own vocabulary to describe his method.  Here are some of his concepts and how they can apply to skiing:

Picture:  Frederick Matthias Alexander

Use:    This term refers to how a person handles themselves in response to what they encounter.  Most skiers stiffen or pull their heads back in response to sliding downhill.  Skiing with good use involves staying flexible and curious enough about where you are going not to do this.

Direction:   Activity moves us in various directions, and waste of effort often involves trying to move in conflicting directions at the same time.  Most skiers are both trying to go downhill and fighting against that.  Clear direction in skiing requires deciding which way to go and sticking with that decision.

Inhibition:   In order to learn new patterns of movement, you have to be able to stop rehearsing your old ones.  Alexander called this ability to stop “inhibition”.  Movement can always be improved by inhibiting unnecessary effort. Most skiers exhaust themselves doing things that gravity will take care of if they just calm down and let it.

End-gaining:   This term means striving for results without heeding the process of getting there.  Skiers often try to stay upright at all costs, which stiffens them and actually makes them more prone to fall.  Real stability on skis is a dynamic process of letting yourself lean or fall just the right amount,  first this way, then that, like a pendulum.