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On-Piste Skiing: Parallel Skiing

Now you already know how to control the speed, do snowplough turns with a transition to parallel movement of skis. Now you can move on to the next stage of development of your ski technique. Let's look at the full parallel skis turn without the snowplough. This topic can rightly be considered the last in the course of basic skiing training.

It is time now to learn how to make a turn with slip: All movements occur during parallel skiing. Turn occurs due to a skis' reversal in the direction of the turn and edging that makes skis cling to the slope and go in the direction in which you have sent them. Ski turn caused by turning the body into the turn. We haven't talked about it yet, but the movement will inevitably appear in the exercises that we described earlier in this part of the tutorial and they should have been done already. If you did those exercises, it won't be a problem anymore. Skis begin to "scrape" the slope creating a braking effect. That is, both skis go like our outside leg when we did turn in the position of the snowplough. Speed control at such movement occurs due to the fact that a part of your path is directed across the slope and sliding skis.

The main objective is to get away from the snowplough and move to full parallel skis without losing the feeling of control over movement and speed which we had in the snowplough. Such a move is a logical continuation of the previous topic. You have to come to this part of skiing gradually by reducing the snowplough in your riding. Now we have to once again specify that it should get into in the final of our tutorial.

Here's our position and trajectory in this path:

This picture shows 2 options of movement. Let's look at both of them.

First option:

Put the skis in a lateral position at the beginning of the turn. Turn skiing at the beginning of the turn gives us what we don't accelerates at all. That is, movements in the turn occurs slowly and controllably from start to finish of the turn. This option is preferable for people with overly developed instinct for self-preservation and not lazy. Because it is physically difficult to make such a turn. Skiing better slip at speed.

Second option:

Start turn with longitudinal sliding, and at the exit of turn when our speed increased slightly, putting skis and extinguish it, turn the body into the turn at an angle to the line of the trajectory of our movement. This method is simpler and more useful for further study of the ski technique.

Here's how:

Take your time and try to do it slowly but correctly. The main task - to learn how to move in a smooth and systematic S-trajectory. Learn how to completely control the speed. And remember: the movement to slip skiing can't give you 100% controllability of trajectory. It may happen that the skis do not go wherever you want or not so abruptly and aggressively as you would like. And do not swear by their edges and grind down "to zero." That's not their fault. It's just such a turning technique. But, at this stage of training, it is very effective and useful for you. Avoid icy areas. This technique is not able to provide a comfortable skiing on icy slopes.

At the end few important moments about what to do next and how to do it

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