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Let’s look at the other ski, the resting ski. The difference between the wedge and parallel turns is the resting ski’s job as the assistant.

In the wedge turn, it stays in a “V” position. In the parallel turn, it slides through the turn parallel to the other ski.

Parallel turns require a bit more time in the scary-facing-straight-downhill position. However, putting a bit of pressure on the little toe side of the boot will help you steer the resting ski in a parallel position.

At the turn’s finish, the skis swap jobs. The resting ski will become the new working ski or boss for the next turn as the working ski becomes the new resting ski or assistant.


When making parallel turns, fear lurks in the fall line. As soon as the skis turn into the fall line and point downhill, they pick up speed.

To prevent sailing out of control straight downhill, focus on the turn shape. Make rounded “S” shaped turns rather than sharp angled “Z” shaped turns. Making “S” turns requires gradually pressing your shin against the boot of the working ski rather than throwing your body weight sharply onto the ski.

Pressuring the working ski should be in three steps with each step upping the pressure. At the beginning of the turn, a little pressure can initiate the turn into the fall line.

From there, increase the pressure to medium on the big toe edge of the working ski to cause the ski to continue to turn across the slope. To finish the turn, apply heavier pressure.

When skiers become more confident with parallel turns in the fall line, they can play with speed. Shortening the width of the “S” will let the skis run faster, while more pressured turning slows them down.


Linking parallel turns involves swapping the ski jobs at the end of the turn. As the turn finishes, the working ski is the lower ski and the resting ski is the upper ski.

To link to the next turn, the working ski or boss becomes the assistant. The resting ski or assistant must now step into action as the new working ski or boss.

Focusing inside your boots, reduce the pressure on the old working ski and gradually increase pressure on the sweet spot of the new working ski. The swap continues on each turn.

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