See those experts gracefully curving down the slopes? They are parallel skiing. Here at The Adventure Junkies, we will take you through the steps to grow from a wedge skier to a parallel skier. Our beginner’s guide describes how to parallel ski using 11 simple steps.
Instead of snowplowing or skiing in a wedge to control the skis, the parallel skiers use the ski’s edges. When edges get into the action, the speed picks up and the thrill begins. That’s when the skis actually start doing the work they were designed to do.
Once you convert to parallel skiing, your mountain playground will become larger. With parallel turns, you’ll be able to bump up to blue or intermediate runs. You’ll also be able to ski steeper runs.
STEP 1: LEARN TO PARALLEL ON EASIER SLOPES
Most beginner skiers master the snowplow or wedge turn on a beginner slope. Shifting into parallel turns does not require going to steeper or onto terrain that adds nuances of difficulty. As a matter of fact, learning a new skill on easy terrain is always a smarter approach.