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The Parallel Turn

Ski parallelThe ski parallel turn is one of the basic parts of a good ski technique. The ski parallel turn is a method for turning which rolls the ski onto one edge, allowing it to bend into an arc. When the ski is turned like this, it allows it to follow the turn without sliding. It can be said that the ski parallel turn here has 3 main phases, the initiation, the edge change, and the turn across and out of the fall line.

If you are just a beginner

When you are skiing with your skis parallel, this gives you more control and a tighter turning circle on steep slopes. Even though you might feel a little unstable at first, you will be gradually able to gain more control when doing the ski parallel turn. The best way to ensure this is to start skiing with a V-shape. After you get completely comfortable, try putting the back of your skis together to execute a perfect ski parallel turn. When doing a ski parallel turn it is important that your skis are a hip width apart, and should stay hip width apart throughout the entire ski parallel turn.

How and where to do a ski parallel turn?

The place to start you very first ski parallel turn should be a slope where you feel completely comfortable. The key to keeping your skis parallel as you start each ski parallel turn is pushing up with both feet before moving your weight on to the new outside/downhill ski. At the end of each ski parallel turn you should be balanced on your downhill ski.