|Beginner goal: First turns
Number: 2 of 3 Beginner
Summary: Learning to make your first turns on snow.
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Understanding our approach and philosophy is important if you'd like to
successfully use the drills in Ski Smarts
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
• 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!