HOW TO SKIING STEEP SLOPES A BEGINNERS GUIDE

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BALANCE ON FEET

Fear causes many skiers to sit back on steep slopes. Weight goes to the heels, almost in a classic cartoon skid. But that’s the exact opposite of an aggressive stance needed to ski steep slopes.

Weight needs to be balanced over the feet, with equal distribution between the balls and the heels. Feet should be centered below the hips and shoulders.

KNEES

Fear also causes the knees to lock in a stiff stance. However, the knees must remain loosely flexed for mobility in skiing steep slopes.

HIPS

Push the hips forward. On steep slopes, it seems like sitting back would be safer, but it’s not. Stacking the hips into balance over the balls of the feet lets you ride the skis and control their direction.

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