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On-Piste Skiing: Speed control in the snowplough

While sliding down in the snowplough, we will at some point need some dynamics and control. We will need those skills at some point later. But now let's focus on the basics of speed control in the snowplough.

The best way to learn how to control your speed is an exercise called "the lamps". We need the same slope as the one on which we started, but this time it will be better if the slope is a little longer. All the same, we will start to ski, not just scrape.

Get up to the position of the snow. Grab your poles by their ends and raise them, so your hands will be shoulder-width apart. Our position should look like:

We look forward so that the view is over the poles and we start moving forward. Then you have to move the tails of your ski closer together and keep the shovels of your ski in the same position. Thus you slowly decrease the angle between the skis so that they are parallel. At this point your speed will increase. Accelerate a bit and then and spread the skis widely in the original position to a full stop. Repeat the succession of these movements until the end of the slope.

Throughout the exercise you need to carefully monitor your position. Your body should always lean forward a bit. You have to feel the pressure on the front upper cuff of your boots. It is important.

When the exercise will be clear and easy for you, try to move the body back when skiing and see what happens. It is necessary. But make sure what you on a smooth slope, and only after the speed-controlled movement will seem simple and accessible. Do not do so immediately after a couple of successful attempts.

As a result, you will learn how to go down the slope in a straight line by controlling the speed of your movements and understand how it depends on your posture of the body. It is very important to further improve of your technique.

Naturally, the speed control is an adjustable braking. Doing this exercise gives you a braking skill. To stop at the desired place is sufficient to recall the movement of this exercise, and take position of the wedge. Now you know how to stop.

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