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Expert goal: Dynamic long radius turns

2 of 3 Expert goals
: Intermediate + Expert

Summary:  Fast, efficient, carved--a great wonderful!

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IMPORTANT! Understanding our approach and philosophy is important if you'd like to successfully use the drills in Ski Smarts
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You don't need to be an instructor to notice a great carved long radius turn and once you've tasted it, you'll want more and more.

Instructors worldwide basically agree on what constitutes a great long radius turn. Yes, there are subtle variations and debate continues on the subject, but in the end it comes down to the basics.

In dynamic long radius turns, strive to:

  • Maintain a relaxed and efficient stance, with feet slightly apart.
  • Avoid skidding and carve through the entire turn.
  • Keep a slightly countered stance, with your upper body staying relatively stable while facing slightly down the hill, as opposed to your legs and feet that gradually change direction.
  • Steer both skis simultaneously and actively in the same direction.
  • Extend down the hill from the uphill ski at the end of turns (roughly where your skis are across the fall line,) to achieve a carved turn.

Remember: 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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