Some of you may ask WTF am I doing mixing up physics on this site.
A lot of good skiers can ski without knowing a vector from victor, of that there is no doubt as any accomplished skier may know they ski without thinking of what is happening, they just do. Depending on my goals and the run I am on I think either a lot about the mechanics and dynamics of what I am doing or not at all. I rarely think of force normal, trigonometry, or Newton’s laws.
However, I think understanding the basic mechanics of skiing will help anyone become a better skier (or boarder). This list of basics includes how skis work, how the various forces we contend with influence our trips down the mountain, and so on.