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Well Razie, at a minimum you can change the distribution of pressure. Pick one foot up (for example). Move the CoM forward or aft.
I'd also argue you can increase or decrease pressure. Flex or extend...
I agree. Once you understand and develop the mindset that creating and maintaining a centripetal (circular) condition is key, then you look at the mechanics in a different light.
These climb-up-glide-down first exercises are critical in that first day ever lesson. I try to get them turning left and right and coasting to a stop (facing forward) before we go over to the real bunny slope. We don't have a magic carpet for beginner adults, so the climbing can wear them out if I have them do it too many times. For every climb up, they need to have a new breakthrough on the way down that strengthens their newbie turns without scaring them silly. Otherwise I tire them out before they even get to experience real gravity with a view down the hill.
Maybe I'll try the backwards single turns more often this year. Kneale, let me know how yours work out!