90 thoughts on “Beginner Ski Lesson #2.3 – Preparing to ski Parallel”

  1. These are awesome. My Boy Scout Troop plans to go skiing in February and although I've skied before many of them haven't. These are a ton of help.

  2. I hope they help your scout group! remember ski school app you can take the films with you. Thanks a lot and have a great holiday.

  3. We are really trying to make this happen but at the moment it is a very costly affair we will get there.

  4. If they really can't start a new turn it's maybe because they are intimidated by the slope, possibly go back a step and try skiing on something slightly less steep.Hope this helps,Darren.

  5. First of all i wanna thank you because i have been skiing for two days and i think that i am ready for this step thanks to you. I'd like to ask you if the downhill leg is always the one that all the power have impact on and the upper leg just only slide through the turn. what i mean is tha the upper ski does not help me to control my speed. right? Thank you again for your time.

  6. Hello Ski School. Been having a few lessons in MK after boarding. Sometimes I am having real trouble making turns stick – in particular after initiating the turn point when im pointing down the hill the inside ski locks on the inside edge and i just bomb down the hill. Any advice? Really great vids by the way!

  7. You're pretty much right, the dominant ski will be the downhill ski, as you turn the responsibility changes to the new ski which will become the downhill ski, have a look at my clutch excelerator video I'm sure it will help you understand. Thanks for the kind words Darren

  8. These videos are so helpful and they're the best that one can find on web. That'd be great if you can also teach how to -safely- fall and how to get up after falling. Are you planning to have a post on that?

    Thank you very much!

  9. Watch this video a a few more times, the importance of not twisting the body is key make sure your hands are in front and you're not rotating the upper body also take special attention to feel the weight come off the inside ski and slightly open the knee this will let you ski slide in parallel. Hope this helps glad you enjoyed the film.

  10. Just had my first skiing lesson this past Saturday and I am already hooked. I came across your tutorials and am so excited with all these great tips and techniques you've shared. Thank you SO much for taking the time to put this together. I can't wait to try them out next week!

  11. We have actually filmed how to get up after a fall, not sure when we will have it up but it will come, glad you enjoyed the films.

  12. It depends what you want to do,if you want to go fast you can go straight but never out of control I think in some places in America you will have your lift pass taken away from you if you just go bombing straight down the hill.

  13. I love these videos! Darren is awesome and the lessons are so helpful. I only skied once before and learning as an adult is much more difficult. Just came back from my second ski trip and watched the entire beginner series before. Even while taking my private lessons, I remembered many of the tips in the series and it really helped. Any chance Darren would like to come to New York and teach us East Coast skiers in person? Thank you again!

  14. We will get cracking on captioning the ski lesson films for you right away and hope to get them finished shortly. Check back soon. Thanks

  15. Thank you very much for your kind words, I would love to come to the US I've never been so let's sort it out! Darren.

  16. A very big thank you to Darren Turner! Being an experienced skier (20+ years) myself, I decided to start to teach my girlfriend how to ski from scratch this week. Darren's intuitive, easy to follow and positive e-teaching style has been an enormous help for her and for me helping her (and even rediscovering some forgotten things myself). In one week she went from fear of any movement to confident near parallel skiing on green/blue! Once again a big thank you from Holland!

  17. That's great to hear, you obviously did a good job in building her confidence, pleased it helped thanks and hello to Holland.

  18. Hello! I have a video with my third day on skiing at 44 years old but youtube don't let me to put the link…Your lessons were very, very helpful! So thank you very much for this and hello again from Romania!

  19. You are an excellent teacher, calm, clear, concise! Thank you for this series, I have browsed many learn to ski videos on youtube and this series is the best I've found, clear as crystal, my wife and I are now looking forward to a great ski season in New Zealand 🙂 ka pai!

  20. Thankyou so much for uploading these videos! They've helped me in all the areas I've been needing to work on.

  21. I have a question , I saw someone pulling his ski off the slope , for ex. , when he was making a right turn , he was pulling his right ski up and then alligning the left one wih it (so the skis are parralel) , is this correct ?

  22. I'm an animator working on a skiing game for an indie developer, so I'm trying to figure out the motions.  Could anybody tell me about body position when you're going straight and if the poles are used after the initial start?  Also, any recommendations for other videos on the subject will help

  23. Thanks a lot! Very useful! Good to go back to the basics sometimes. I having problems with my left bend. My left ski sticks into the snow. 

  24. Great series, great for the expert skier who needs to put their mind back in the state of a beginner and what to watch out for with the person you are teaching.  Very logical, watching through the series helps the beginner see the big picture, that mastering each skill will lead to another skill to master.  

  25. I just went skiing for the first time two weeks ago.  Had a lesson which was great and gave me the basics but these videos are great to watch to pick up on things that perhaps weren't covered in my initial lesson.  I like to be able to watch them more than once.  I'm going skiing again in two days and I will be working on turning (slowly!).  I had a bit of trouble in my first lesson as my right leg was much more dominant!  I'm very excited to try the techniques in the video.  Thank you!

  26. So…. let me say. I've never been skiing, ever, not once. Until today. I'm a hockey player who skates twice a week so I have natural balance… but that's it. Last night I watched the first 3-4 sets of lessons you have. This morning I went to the mountain and made runs from 9am-3pm. Without any major spills. By the end of the day I was full speed on the blue runs, skiing parallel the entire time. I started on the greens in the wedge. Then after getting comfortable I went to the top of the mountain.
    The two things (other then the progression through the lessons) that I kept remembering and worked for me amazingly well was the mention of feeling pressure on your shins against the boot, which helped keep me in the correct stance at speed. And the gas clutch thing. A perfect way to explain that.
    Thank you so much….. I'm hooked. Going back next week.

  27. Echoing exactly what Dan List said – great for expert skiers who need a quick reminder of how to start off complete beginners.  You hit on some good points that many seasoned instructors skip, and you omit some of the superfluous rubbish.  I'm BASI trained and back in the day we only had the real Ali Ross and the Cairngorms, no YouTube 🙂

  28. Had my first ski lesson today. This is pretty much as far as we got in the first two hours. An instructor is great, but watching these videos also helped a lot in understanding what I'm suppose to do. Thanks a lot.

  29. Hi, 

    As as a boarder, I have never skied until last month… I had booked myself into SnoZone MK for a lesson last month and also checked out your videos….

    Well…. I got through levels 1 – 4 in 2 hrs… I must say my legs were burning! Lol….

    Over Easter, I took my 7yo daughter back to the slope and she is sure as that she taught me to ski! 🙂 Who am I to destroy that joy??? 🙂

    Anyway, on that session, I also figured out to link parallel turns and hockey stop.
    At no point did I feel out of control and I think I did quite well… No pro but thanks to your videos and the tuition at SnoZon, I've nailed it so far!

    Thanks for the great videos!

  30. My shoe size is EU33.5/US3.5, and I'm an adult. I use to be able to rent size 4 skiboots in China several years back, and I loved their knee high boots which supported my knees very well. No knee pain even from day 1.
    Now I am in the US and I bought a pair of child size boots found by a big ski gear store —- they tried really hard and that was the best they came up with: they come with very short boots, I was told that's the las test trend, and while they were as close as it could get in size, they are still somewhat too big for me, after one season, one of my toe nails turned purple due to the boots were too big, plus my knees hurt like crazy, although I would say, I am now way more advanced than when I was in China.
    I wonder where I can buy taller boots in small size? I haven't been back China for many years, I don't know what they have there; their online stores show short boots only, just like the Americans.
    I hope you can direct me to the right direction to find the right boots for me. Many thanks! 🙂

  31. Thanks for the videos, they have been helpful to watch 🙂
    Been learning at Chill Factore, quite steady progress for me, just done lessons 456 again and in the past two or three weeks I've decided I really enjoy it so I think this a good sign. I can get parallel like you've shown in this video but not on the turn yet.

  32. Your lessons are incredible! Having only been skiing once, I'm preparing to go skiing shortly again, and everything from your step-by-step processes to your other tips like how to walk in ski boots on snow are so informative and well explained, I really feel like I'm going to be prepared to have a great time on skis again. Thank you for these videos!

  33. Great video series so far!
    I didn't went skiing for a few years now and never spoke to a real Ski Instructor, so I'll have much work to do to get my sloppy technique on a better level.
    I can remember my inside ski did always move around a lot and all of my weight was on the outside ski, which was perfectly stable.

  34. great tip. the problem you describe at 1:23 is exactly what I am undergoing. On my right turns, i try to rotate my body and my uphill (right) ski gets jammed.

  35. I went skiing only once and the day before I watch the whole playlist and learned a lot from it.. The problem I had is that during the small instant where I'm facing straight downhill in the middle of the turn I catch an excessive speed and my only way to stop is to try to turn uphill until I loose momentum, which happens when I reach the opposite side.

    So I turn, gain an excessive speed, and go to the other side until I loose momentum and stop. Then start from zero to the other side and all over again.. I don't know how to zig zag harmonically without getting faster and faster.. I'd really appreciate any tip about that.

  36. lol im a double black skiier and idk why but these videos are really entertaining ive started at 1.1 and now im here lol

  37. I never had a lesson at doing this.I just found myself sort of doing it last weekend in spring snow near Charlotte Pass in Australia.

  38. I never Ski before so i watch your beggines video and i want to say thank you it rreallyhelped no one belived i never skied before

  39. I am going to go skiing next week hopefully. It is single digits at where I live! Anyway, I really think this channel is really helpful! Though I’m in elementary school I think skiing will be really really really horrifyingly fatal! I am in 7th grade minus!

  40. never seen snow on my way to Thredbo now! no joke in in the car + these vids are sooooooooo amazing thx so much dude

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