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On-Piste Skiing: First parallel ski turns

If you can move along a predetermined path in the snowplough by shifting the body weight to the outside ski or changing the angle of skis, it's time for you to move on to the parallel skiing.

Return to the slope on which you practised and mastered the snowplough. Now you have to get up in the same position as in exercise "the lamp" - put the skis in the position of the snowplough, take your poles by the tips and keep them in front of the chest, legs should be slightly bent, body leaned forward. During this exercise, you should constantly monitor the correctness of this posture. Look over the poles, not on skis. Start to move down the slope by making turns. But now add a new element to the movement.

Start moving from the position of the snowplough, and shift the body weight on the outside leg. Unloaded inside leg just stopped to keep in the snowplough and release it to the free sliding, lightly controlling it. Our inside ski tends to rise in parallel to the outside one. If this doesn't happen by itself, you should do it ourselves by moving the leg. But try to do it without looking at the skis and use only our sensations in the legs. As a result, at the end of the turn, you will come to parallel skiing. Skiing throughout the turn, move along the path of the turn with a cross slip.

When we finished the turn our foot that is above the slope, is our inner leg in the last turn, which at this moment we unloaded. Do some step forward and to the side so that we once again turned to the position of the snowplough. At the same time, we try not to straighten the legs at the end of the turn by monitoring that we did not jump between turns and do everything on little bent legs. And now starting to do the same as last corner, but on the other side. That is, the transfer of weight to the outer leg and let go inside. And all the same. In the end, we turn again to parallel skiing all over again in another direction.

With each turn you should try at the beginning of the turn so that the angle of the initial position of skis was less and less. And in the end you will come to that and did not have to do step to start the turn and begin to enter into a turn on the parallel sliding skis.

In the course of the exercise as soon as you feel that the motion ceases to hold you at 100% and movements are sure you should change the position of your hands and take poles to the working position. That is, keep them by the handles provided by construction. Thus it is necessary to monitor the position and keep your hands in the same position as before. That is, at chest level without dropping down.

When you can keep your hands and not to give fall down or retract, you can add one more movement. Now supplement concerns hands. At the beginning of the turn hand, which is down the slope or inside the turn, moves forward. It is simple. You drag the stick forward as if trying to thrust it into the slope far ahead from you and turn slightly inward of the turn. You do that not to pierce the slope, and it should be done without touching the slope, and in any case, do not stick a pole into the slope. You should do that to shift the body forward on corner entry. At this stage, we are not concentrating on moving the body, and it isn't essential for us, but not useless.

Let's look again on that we should have in the end and will move forward

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