“Not we, but the slope turns the ski“- This is the knowledge on which the One-Ski-Method is based. It is the surprising result of Kassat`s (1985) research on the technique of skiing that it is not just the skier but the interaction of the
whole system (skier, skis and slope) that turns the skis. This awareness of skiing technique has added a new level of understanding to the development of a more practical method
The result is the easy to understand One-Ski-Method. The basic elements of skiing technique are learned on one ski and then are transferred to two skis. Another aspect of the One-Ski-Method is that the beginner only needs to learn the key elements required for downhill skiing. Troublesome skills, like snowplough and stems, are unnecessary.
And interestingly, the simple use of a long-pole is of surprising help. If the One-Ski-Method is taught appropriately, learning parallel skiing will be no problem.
Teaching methods in skiing have marginally developed within the last decades. An intervention comparing the conventional approach (SP) and the One-Ski-Method (OSM) is proposed in which the main body actions are first trained on one ski and successively transferred to two skis. The OSM teaches the main body actions towards a proper position on parallel skis. The snowplow gets avoided as it implies obstructive body actions. Two groups were trained using each method. Video footage from the first and the fifth day were evaluated by experts following selected criteria. OSM learners showed significantly larger improvements compared to SP. Results indicate a faster acquisition of key elements of alpine skiing and provide a foundation for further investigations of the OSM method.