Warren Smith Ski Academy Ski Technique Lab UK tour 2016

This autumn Warren Smith and the Academy team will be touring around the UK giving a series of SKI TECHNIQUE LAB talks consisting of a lecture and a personal range test assessment. It will explain the 3 Way Lineage (Ski Technique/Ski Biomechanics/Ski Equipment Precision) and why it’s vital for ski technique development and unlocking classic blocks in skier movement patterns. The ‘3 Way Foundation’ tests will give you a chance to be assessed by the team and identify your specific movement ranges and what you need to do to either balance out difference between right and left side of the body or to generally improve range. You’ll have enough information to build your own technique development program off snow and dramatically change your skiing before the winter season starts.

The tour will be taking place at Ellis Brigham stores around the UK this October and with the grand finale at the Telegraph Ski & Snowboard Show.  The dates for the tour are as follows:

6th Glasgow

7th Fort William

10th Castleford

11th Manchester

12th Tamworth

17th Bristol

18th Milton Keynes

20th London – St Paul’s

21st London – Kensington High St

24th London – Covent Garden

27th – 30th The Telegraph Ski & Snowboard Show


The cost of the ‘3 Way Lineage’ lecture and ‘3 Way Foundation’ testing system, where you’ll be provided with the tools to build your own development program, is £8 per person for the evening.  Each evening will commence at 7.00pm and run for approximately 2 hours. Ski show based lectures will be free of charge as part of your show entrance ticket.

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The Academy’s SKI TECHNIQUE LAB creates the closer link between the ski client, the ski coach and the ski manufacturer by looking at ski technique and a skier’s progression not just by a single lineage, classically Ski Technique, but via a ‘3 Way Lineage’, where Ski Technique, Ski Biomechanics and Ski Equipment Precision work in unison. This massively reduces the risk of injury, enhances performance safely and ultimately guarantee’s technique development.  The underlying statement being that whatever type of ski coaching you’re receiving, it will never just work by focusing on technique alone, it has to have biomechanical movement range and equipment assessed at the same time. You can’t tell a skier to finish off their turns if their legs simply don’t have the steering range! This is a core element of the Academy’s coaching DNA.



Warren and his team are always researching and refining ski technique to optimise results and progression. During the courses in the late 1990’s they were finding out that many skiers were inhibited in specific ranges of movement when trying to flex, keep symmetry and steer their skis. Biomechanic and Equipment specific research lead to findings that nearly all skiers had these 3 main issues:


FLEX PATTERN – Lack of flexibility in the ankles and skiers leaning back whilst skiing – This was always due to tight calves or ski boot flex and precision fit issues.


SYMMETRY – Lack of symmetry and stability in the legs often called an A-Frame – This was due to muscles not being switched on to control the lateral movement in the legs and often ski boots without correct footbeds & incorrect canting angles


LEG STEERING RANGE – Lack of inward leg steering range which causes hip and upper body rotation – This was very often skiers having tight muscles around the ball and socket joints

As a result of these findings the Academy developed the ‘3 Way Foundation’ testing system incorporating the ‘Drop Test’ for flex pattern, the ‘10 Second Test’ for symmetry and the ‘Range Test’ for improving inward leg steering range. This clearly identifies the issues and prescribes a set of key e

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