Have you ever felt the thrill of speeding down the slopes, pushing yourself to the limit, only to be left in frustration when other players seem to magically fly past you?
We know the feeling too well.
But fear not, we've got you covered.
We've talked to one of the best Ski Challenge racers out there and he's dishing out five insider tips and tricks on how to not only secure a spot in the Top 10 leaderboards, but how to become a true downhill pro.
Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned skier, get ready to be inspired by his incredible experiences and take your skills to the next level.
Step 1: Choosing Your Skis
Choosing the right skis can make all the difference in the Ski Challenge. It's not just about picking the fastest ones, but also finding the right balance of carve and grip. Don't assume that the ski used by the top-ranked racer is always the best choice for you.
To find the perfect ski, start with adding around 15 points each to carve and grip, and gradually adjust from there based on your performance. Keep in mind that different tracks require different ski characteristics. Straighter tracks, like Zermatt, need skis with good gliding capabilities, while turning courses, like Bormio, demand more carve and grip. Of course, every track is unique, so it's essential to experiment and find the best ski setup for each individual race.
Step 2: Discovering the optimal line
Mastering the perfect line is critical in the Ski Challenge. While it's tempting to follow the paths of top players, discovering the optimal line yourself can be more rewarding. Here are some things to consider:
- Generally, the narrower line is faster.
- Shorter jumps result in higher speed, so aim for the shortest distance between jumps.
- Keep a close eye on the speedometer - even small changes in speed can make a big difference.
- Avoid excessive steering as much as possible.
- When navigating through gates or fences, try to have only one ski pass through - if both skis pass through, you risk a fall. With practice and experimentation, you'll soon discover the best line for each track, and the exhilarating feeling of flying down the slope will be all the more satisfying.
Step 3: Competing Against Ghosts
To improve your skills and beat your personal best, competing against a ghost can be incredibly helpful. Here are some tips for selecting and racing against a ghost:
- Choose a ghost that is slightly faster than your best time. This will help you identify areas where you can improve and learn from your mistakes.
- Sometimes, it's beneficial to race without a ghost and experiment with different lines. This can help you discover new strategies and improve your overall technique.
By racing against ghosts and pushing yourself to the limit, you'll be on your way to becoming a Ski Challenge champion in no time.
Step 4: Choosing your Control Type
Choosing the right control type can make a big difference in your Ski Challenge performance. Here are some things to consider when selecting your control type:
- Everyone has their own preferences when it comes to control type. There is no "best" or "worst" option.
- However, small differences can still have an impact on your performance.
- Tilt control allows for more precise steering, which can be useful on gliding passages.
- Thumb control allows for faster left-right steering, which can be helpful on more maneuverable passages.
Ultimately, the best control type for you will depend on your personal preferences and playing style. Experiment with all options to see which one feels more natural and comfortable for you.
Step 5: Mastering the Brake Button
The brake button can be a valuable tool for controlling your speed and maintaining control on the slopes. Here are some tips for using the brake button effectively:
- The longer you press the brake button, the more your character will grind in and slow down your speed.
- A short tap on the brake button can help you take a tighter line, but you'll sacrifice some speed in the process.
- In narrow passages, like the U-Turn in Kitzbühel, longer taps on the brake button may be necessary to avoid collisions and stay on course.