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Beginner goal: First turns

2 of 3 Beginner goals
: Beginner
Summary:  Learning to make your first turns on snow.

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We have to start somewhere and the wedge platform is the only show in town. Some instructors may teach parallel skiing in the first lesson, but for the majority of aspiring skiers the wedge is the initial vehicle towards parallel skiing.

Work through this section and you should be able to:

Slide, stop and turn in both directions.

As you progress, concentrate on the following:

Start a new turn simply by lifting the toes of the downhill foot in the boot--this causes a shift in pressure to the other leg which causes that ski to turn. 

As the skis begin to drift into the flow line, actively steer both skis through the turn. 

Keep your upper body facing slightly down the hill at all times. 

Keep your shins in contact with the tongues of the boots. 

Begin each new turn the moment the skis cross the flow line--movements should flow without rushing, pausing or hesitation.

Most importantly: Practice exercises in sequence as a means towards our ultimate goal--to have fun!

Work sequentially through the topics and exercises in this goal:

Remember our overall goal--to have fun!

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