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Too much pressure on downhill ski?

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I'm an intermediate skier, just went on my first black hills this season, and am learning to make tighter turns, but when I am in a turn, all of my weight is on my down hill ski, on steeper hills. I can lift my uphill ski up and still ski the turn. Normal or should I change something?
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Normal.

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Good technique for groomed or other firm snow. Equal weighting is important for powder, crud, etc.

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I'm an intermediate skier, just went on my first black hills this season, and am learning to make tighter turns, but when I am in a turn, all of my weight is on my down hill ski, on steeper hills. I can lift my uphill ski up and still ski the turn. Normal or should I change something?


It depends on how you get there.

 

Dominant weighting on the *outside* ski is almost always a good thing on harder snow. You have to be able to ski in balance with 100% of your weight on the outside ski before you can use the inside ski effectively (i.e. as anything other than a crutch for bad balance).

 

Dominant weighting on the *downhill* ski may mean that you're cutting the turn off. You actually want to transfer weight to the new outside ski while it's still the uphill ski, and then make your turn such that it becomes the downhill ski. This is what people mean when they talk about "skiing into the turn" and "spending as much time turning into the fall line as out of the fall line".

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