No question about it. Get the shaped(parabolic) skis. Most people refer to them as 'shaped' these days, but then again, I'm not down under, so don't know about it there.
So let's see if I can duplicate that lost post...
When you hire skis make sure you get beginner, or first-timer shaped skis. Several manufacturers are making skis specific for them these days. for the first 3 days, get them no longer than 140 cm, 130 if you are short.
These things will help you with parallel skiing. Especially if done in order...
1. (in Base Area)Learn to sidestep with these criteria for success:
- Both skis remain on their uphill edges
- Skis remain parallel, especially the uphill on during stepping.
- Small steps are used so skis can be on similar edge angles.
2. (at the bottom of the bunny hill)Ski scross a slight hillside(traverse).
- Set up like you are going to sidestep, then push with your poles so you slide across the hill 3 to 5 m. your skis should leave curved tracks.
- Point your skis a little more downhill and do it again. You should slide FURTHUR.
- A little more downhill. Adjust with you knees, ankles, and hands to keep your skis on edge as they turn you.
- Do it on both sides
3. (Still at the bottom of the bunny hill)Get your skis pointed straight down a non-scary hill with about 15 meters before it gets flat. Set up like you are going to sidestep, with your skis up on their edges. Let yourself go, keeping the skis on edge. They will gradually turn to a stop if you are successful.
- Now set yourself up on the same hill on flat skis. Begin to slide and edge them after you begin sliding. They should turn to a stop. Do it until it works both ways.
4. (Still there)This is similar to the previous one. Start down the same hill on flat skis, edge them slightly. As soon as they begin to change direction, flatten them and wait. They should point back down the hill, then you can edge them the other way.WAITING FOR THE SKIS TO POINT BACK DOWNHILL IS IMPORTANT. IF YOU GO FOR THE OTHER EDGE RIGHT AWAY YOU WILL FALL(<<"I did try what you said about using the uphill and downhill edges to practise but 90% of the time i would catch an edge and end up on the ground!"<<) IT WILL HELP YOU WITH THAT PROBLEM.
Now take some runs, since you have successfully negotiated the beginner slopes before. Don't try to parallel right away. Let the things your body has learned work. Let your shaped skis work.
O.K., back to work.
5. Start at the top of the beginner slope!
Ski across the hill(traverse) to a natural stop several times. Next, ski across the hill and just before stopping, flatten your skis and let them keep sliding for 2 meters or so. Edge your skis and traverse again. Continue this across the hill without stopping. As you run out of room, traverse to a stop. Turn around and do it the other direction. (Traverse, slip, traverse, slip, traverse...etc.) Keep in mind your skis do not point down the hill at all while doing this. Work back and forth across the hill unitl it feels relaxed and natural.
Now go skiing. Again, do not try to force parallel turns. Remember the feeling when you change from traverse to slipping sideways? Duplicate this just before you enter each turn. Let the skis enter each turn, then edge them in the direction you want to go. Ride the edges until you are going a comfy speed, then slip. Let your skis start the turn before you edge the other way.
Do not be alarmed if you find yourself still wedging some. This is natural. As long as it is not a defensive, highly edge "snowplow"-wedge your skis will be parallel soon.
****A snowplow is an edged (defensive)wedge which seeks to push the snow aside, out of your way, it will inhibit turning and tax your muscles.
****a wedge is done with fairly flat skis and doesn't tax your muscles, or slow you down much. It often happens briefly as people start a turn turn. Don't worry, it will disappear as your skills improve. If you try too hard to make it go away, you will only knock yourself off balance and make it stick around longer.
NOTES: Relax and enjoy, don't be in a hurry.
Challenging yourself with terrain is good, but too much of a challenge too early makes you snowplow rather hard and be defensive. Later I will post some guidelines or milestones you can use to determine when to step it up terrain-wise.
****I hope this is all clear enough. I must admit to a certain amount of frustration having to re-post. Kind of like replacing music I have already purchased after having my car ripped-off! (I now only carry copies in my vehicle) I know this one is not as clear, simple or thorough, but I hope it works. I will do my best to clarify anything that needs it.
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