This will be your leap of faith from competent snowplough skier, skiing in your pizza, triangle or slice of cake, style to parallel skier.
You may wish to try this on a shorter, shallow slope to start with.
From one side of the slope stand across the slope with your skis shoulder width apart. Now move your uphill ski forward so that it is slightly in front of downhill ski. Get in to your slouch and then, when you are ready, move your ski’s down the slope until they start sliding. When you get to the other side of the slope stop. Repeat this in the opposite direct. You are now traversing or parallel skiing across the slope.
Instead of stopping now try turning, so using the above process parallel across the slope and then using your method to turn from stage 3 and using the flex and extend from stage 4 create your turn.
Once you are comfortable just bounce on your feet slightly as you go across so whilst going across the slope your weight is evenly distributed across the whole of your foot not just towards the front. This should make you feel more comfortable.
When you are facing the opposite direction you may find that your uphill ski may stick and not come back in to parallel. To correct this either stand up slightly and slide the ski in, keeping it slightly in front of your downhill ski or lift the uphill ski and put it in to place. Always keep the uphill ski in front of the downhill ski going across the slope to ensure an easy turn.
You have now completed your first step to parallel skiing.
· Stand across the slope
· Put the uphill ski in front of the downhill ski slightly
· Drop your skis down the slope until they start to slide
· When ready to do your turn use stage 3 and 4 to turn
· After your turn ensure that your uphill ski comes in parallel with your downhill ski
· To slide the uphill ski in just stand up slightly
· To step the ski in just lift it in place
· Ensure that the uphill ski always remains in front of the downhill ski
Here we will look at the parallel turn.
Now you are able to ski parallel across the slope and have established your centre of balance across the whole of your foot.
Instead of the snowplough turn I will now explain how to parallel turn.
For this turn you need to imagine that something is annoying the middle of the arch of your foot, you will then press down through your arch of your foot squashing the irritation and at the same time still squash the tomato with your chin and push your knee to the tip of the ski, flexing back down, but keeping pressure on the turning ski. Again the more pressure you put on the turning ski t he greater the turn.
· Instead of toes we are using the arch of our foot
· Imagine there is an annoyance under your arch
· Push the arch of your foot down to get rid of the annoyance
· Keep the squashed tomato technique
· Keep pushing the knee forward
· Ensure that you keep your weight on the turning ski
As before ski across the slope in parallel, going in to the stand or extended position, keeping your chins in contact with the front of your boots, when you are facing down the hill turn using the above technique flexing back down on the skis.
Face your skis directly down the hill, you may wish to start of in snowplough. Now using the turning technique in stage 3 really pressure the turning ski, turn the none turning ski in the direction you are going, round keeping your weight on the turning ski until you stop. Look at your skis they should be in parallel.
Repeat this a couple of times, once you are happy then instead of coming to a stop, just as your skis are slowing go in to the extended position keeping your chins touching the front of your boots and allow the skis to build speed and take you down the slope, and then create your next turn.
Once you have achieved this and are comfortable you are now parallel skiing congratulations.
(Removed excess lines. T-Square)
Edited by T-Square - 2/14/2009 at 10:55 pm