Hi! This is Dave Smith with Hillcrest Ski
and Sports in Gresham, Oregon on behalf of Expert Village. In this tutorial we will cover
beginning skiing. In this clip we’ll cover controlling your speed and stopping. Controlling
your speed and stopping on skis are both products of the wedge, the position in which you have
the tips of your skis together and the tails apart. By controlling the size of this wedge
you can control your speed and ultimately stop. The skinnier the wedge, the faster you
will go. The bigger the wedge, the slower you will go. As you’re doing the wedge it’s
important to remember to keep your knees apart as if you had a basketball between your knees.
Don’t let them come together so that they’re touching. That’ll make it difficult to use
your edges. For beginners, sometimes the easiest way to think of this position is pizza. Smaller
slices of pizza means you’ll go faster. Bigger slices of pizza means you’ll go slower and
come to a stop. Once you’re comfortable with controlling your speed with the wedge, you
can use another position to gain more speed which we refer to as French Fry position,
in which your skis are pointed straight downhill and parallel to each other. In this position
you’ll pick up speed very quickly so be careful at first. From French Fry position, gradually
work yourself into the wedge position to slow down and stop completely.