goal: "Open" parallel turns
of 3 Intermediate goals
Summary: Keeping your skis parallel to each other throughout
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Understanding our approach and philosophy is important if you'd like to
successfully use the drills in Ski Smarts
The term "Open" parallel turns refers
to the fact that at this level the two skis are held parallel and in a somewhat
"open" or spread-apart fashion throughout turns.
Instructors place more emphasis on carving at
this stage. While you may still skid most of your turns, work more towards
Keeping skis parallel throughout turns require:
- Joints in your legs to be kept flexible and
ready to absorb the forces that build up.
- Constant shin contact with the tongues of your
- Earlier weight (pressure) shift to the outside
ski in the turn.
- Increased speed.
- Active steering of the inside ski.
- A carving outside ski, with skidding tolerated.
- Your body to face slightly down the hill.
Most importantly: Practice drills 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!