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On-Piste Skiing: The Mill

You have mastered "the compass" and learned how to draw a smooth circle on snow and, more importantly, experienced the feeling of transferring your body weight on one leg and the other. Now you can move on to the next exercise called "the windmill".

As before, we take the position of the snowplough, but this time you must place your hands on your waist.

Now everything will be a little more complicated than in the previous exercise.

In this exercise, we have to turn by changing the angle between skis and slope. That is, not only putting pressure on the ski, but also tilting it, and controlling the angle of inclination. We have to do this by changing the position of our body. Sound a bit unclear? Let's move straight to the exercise. In practice, it is much easier than in theory.

So, as usual, we take the position of the snowplough, leave your poles in a safe place, so they do not disrupt anyone, and put your hands on your waist. Check that your body leans forward pressing the front upper cuff. Look forward, not on the skis. Keep your head straight and begin to move down the slope in a straight line. You already know how to do it so that shouldn't cause any problems.

Now begin to pull to the side with one arm. It is important not just to put a hand to the side; you should pull yourself to this side. Pull as if you are reaching for the tastiest treat in your life. When you pull, your body will follow the arm. The foot on the same side as your arm will bend. This movement will change the body position and lead to the ski on the other leg inclining towards the slope and starting a smooth turn. Your task is to let the ski follow its course.

Look at the picture and take note of the angle of the skis to the slope. By moving the body of the hand with one leg bent and the second rectified. It's inevitable to happen if you do not interfere with the natural process of displacement of the body. And then one ski almost lie flat on the slope, and the second will be on edge, which results in initiation of and start to make a turn.

A very common question that arises in the theoretical understanding of the process: how to distribute the weight of the body and which the leg we should load more? In practice, this problem does not arise. As you begin to carry out this exercise on a slope, this issue will disappear. Just because at this stage you don't have sufficient skills and abilities to control this. Focus on how to reach the centre of the turn with your hand. For you, that's enough. Then we shall do a similar exercise just for understanding the distribution of body weight on your feet. But now it is a bit premature.

When you finished rotation, and you began to move across the slope, return the arm to the belt, align the position of the body and start to stretch the other arm in the opposite direction. So you begin to move in the opposite direction. Now you need to alternate turns and move to the bottom of the slope.

In this exercise, you will get a sense of turning with the changing angle of the skis edge. This sense is the most important thing in skiing, and this skill will be instrumental in the future. So take your time and work out an exercise to fully confident of its performance. It is important.

Now let's try to gather the skills obtained in the two exercises together. To do this, we take the position of the snowplough and make the poles in front as we did in "the compass". Move down with turns. If you did this two exercises turn in the position of the snowplough shouldn't cause any difficulties. If, however, you don't understand what to do and your body itself does not make the necessary movements that lead to turns you need to do the first two exercises again.

Now you can easely make a turn but let's try to do it with parallel skis

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