To find the location where your shin and boot tongue should meet, examine your bare shin at home. Run your hand down the front of your shin, and you’ll feel hard bone. Move to the inside area of your shin and feel straight up from your inside ankle bone, where the leg is fleshier.
To find the prime shin spot for parallel skiing, move half way in between the line up from the ankle bone and shin. On that slight inside surface from the shin, press about 4-5 inches above your ankle. That sweet spot may be slightly tender, but it’s right where your shin and boot should meet.
During the parallel turn, you will vary the pressure on your working sweet spot. The turn will start with a little pressure, go up to medium pressure in the fall line and finish with heavier pressure. The amount of pressure correlates to the amount of control you desire.
Beginner skiers sometimes complain that their shins hurt. If yours hurt, that means you are pressuring the front of your boot correctly.
Pushing the sweet spot of the shin forward into the boots directs the boots and the skis where you want to go. The shin pain abates soon, making pressing the shins on the boots becomes easy.
STEP 5: SHRINK THE WEDGE
To learn to parallel, focus on shrinking the wedge or snowplow. When launching into the turn, aim to make the wedge into a smaller “V” shape. Note that doing so may seem scary as the skis will pick up speed in the fall line.
When turning in a wedge, you have more weight or pressure on one ski than the other. One ski does the work of turning while the other rests as it slides on the snow.
Rather than picking up that resting ski, it should be less weighted or pressured than the working ski. The same is true in a parallel turn. One ski will be pressured more while the other is taking a rest. To move from the wedge to parallel, practice shifting onto that new working ski sooner in the turn.
STEP 6: SORT OUT WHICH SKI IS WHICH
Which ski is doing the work and which is resting? In both wedge and parallel turns, the turn starts by pressuring the shin sweet spot against the boot on the working ski.
Due to the arc shape of the skis, pushing on the working ski turns the skis downhill and through the turn. Let this working ski be the boss.