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On-Piste Skiing: The Scraper

When you have learned to ski in a position of the snowplough you can ski in this position as long as you want. However, as you practice more and more, you begin to see that your skis become parallel themselves. Instead of waiting for a long time you can practice skiing on parallel skis right away after mastering the snowplough. It is not that difficult after all. Let's start.

The main point of parallel skiing equal distribution of pressure on skis in the longitudinal axis, that is, when you can accurately distribute your weight between the shovel and the tail of the skis. Moreover in parallel skiing it is very important to learn how to control the angle of ski to the slope. It sounds a little scary, and complicated, but the question is facilitated by the fact that there are exercises that allow you to learn and master these skills without a thorough understanding of the physics of the process.

The first exercise is called "the scraper". We come to the edge of the slope. We should choose the cleanest and the smoothest one. It is important. Set the skis across the slope and parallel to each other at a distance of 15 cm. Take poles in both hands so hands about shoulder width or slightly wider. Hold hands in front of you. Your view must be over the poles. It is important. More precisely, it is more important not to look on skis. Fix the eyes on anything not to look on skis.

Now we start moving. To do this, the whole body slides down the slope. As you begin to move your skis will change their angle to the slope and become flattered. And skis start to slide down the slope while they are across the slope. By displacement of the body you can precisely control the rate of slippage of skis. A little body slid down, return to the starting position. Skis will stand on the edges, that is to be located at an angle to the slope and cling to the slope by their edges. You will stop. Repeat the motion again and again to the bottom of the slope. Then repeat on the other side. So the other leg will be in the bottom.

The secret of this exercise is that to slide down the slope on a steady speed, and without distortions, you have to learn two things: the relative displacement of the body reproach along the line of skis. Offset reproach you can control edging skis and speed of the glide down. By movement along the axis of the skis, you can control the displacement of the load on the shovel and the tail of the skis that will lead to traffic management. That is, by controlling the movement of the body along the axis of the ski, you can control slide so that you have skiing glided smoothly down the slope while remaining parallel. Try to move forward or back and see what happens. Do it for a personal understanding of the exercise. With this shift, your skis will stop skiing downhill slide smoothly. When you load a ski shovel, it will start to slide down more and you will move across the slope not just down. When you load backs the same thing will happend but in the other direction. Your task is to learn how to slide smoothly down the slope while maintaining parallel skis.

After mastering this exercise we can move to next one

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