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Expert goal: Dynamic short radius turns

3 of 3 Expert goals
: Intermediate + Expert

Summary:  Short, carved, snappy turns with rebound--a joy to watch and delectable to execute. Go for it--you can do it!

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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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Instructors love to debate the mechanics of short turns, but let's not labor the point here.

In dynamic short radius turns, strive to:

  • Maintain a relaxed and efficient stance, with feet slightly apart.
  • Keep a countered stance, with your upper body staying stable, while facing down the hill, as opposed to your legs and feet that rapidly 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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