The first rule of thumb is to make sure you’re using all the fundamental skills of skiing well on the easier runs. A black run isn’t any different from a blue or green: you use the same skills, but the gradient and the environmental conditions (such as ice or bumps) will make it more challenging for intermediates.
“The difference between getting down a slope and really skiing it – feeling like you’ve conquered it – is about good execution of the fundamental skills” , says BASI ski instructor Steve Marsh from The Development Centre in Val d’Isere. “If you can nail all the basics really well, it will help you master the mountain better as you progress to intermediate skiing.”
“A lot of people skip through things – for example, they might be a little lazy about standing on the outside ski – which will make steeper slopes hard. Good posture and balance, and being able to rotate the skis, will allow you to help set up the turn better.”