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On-Piste Skiing: The Snowplough

So you took all the gear you need to the top of a slope of your choice. Now the exercise begins. Let's go.

What is the snowplough? Although many sources claim that it is just a position where the ski is in the V-shape. But this is not quite true. The snowplough position consists of many parameters. Let's try to define them and articulate.

Look at the pictures and let's try to list and analyze all that we can see:


Look at the position of the body of the skier. It is obvious that the centre of gravity is located above the boots and the body is leaned forward. This is a very important point. The body must always lean forward and the shovels of your skis must be loaded. You must understand that if you are thinking only about the ski positioning to achieve "the snowplough" it is possible, that the skis can be in the V-shape, but the overall position would be completely wrong. Here is an example of such an incorrect situation in which only skis are in a correct position:


Pay attention to the position of the hands. This is a crucial point. Why is that? Because lowering the arms inevitably leads to lowering the shoulders and therefore leaning back.


Take a look at the position of the head. The skier doesn't look at his skis. Remember that looking at the skis isn't good because it leads to lowering of the head, resulting with lowering of the shoulders and thus to leaning back.


Let's look on the feet. The legs are slightly bent at the knees. It is important. Fully straightened legs cannot work out irregularities of the slope and ensure freedom of movement. The knees of the skier are not together and not exposed outside. The feet in the longitudinal axis are straight. The legs are turned, the shovels of skis are together and backs diverged, which leads to the "pizza" position of skis.

So the snowplough is a position that we have just described to you. And thinking that something is important and something is unimportant there is a huge mistake. Everything is important in this position. And your task on this stage is that of mastering this technique - do not miss a single detail. Try your best.

Let's move down the slope

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