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You may have already started during your first lessons by finishing your wedge turns with your skis parallel with each other. Remember those pizza and French fries positions? The pizza or wedge can move naturally into the French fry or parallel position.

To convert a wedge to parallel skiing, start by focusing on finishing the turn. As you ski the wedge into the fall line, let your skis slide into the French fry or parallel position around the finish.

Ride them parallel across the slope, sliding only into a wedge when you need to slow down or start the next turn. As you get more comfortable with the speed, parallel skiing happens more naturally because of the momentum.

Turning parallel on skis is the same as turning in a wedge, only easier. The acts of pressuring the working ski and relaxing the resting ski are identical. You can prepare to learn to parallel by getting in shape for the ski season.

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