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Ski Basics for Beginners : How to Traverse a Hill on Skis

Ski Basics for Beginners : How to Traverse a Hill on Skis


I’m Ivan Madar. I’m a professional ski instructor
and I’m here on behalf of Expert Village. Okay, now the first drill I’m going to show
you is how to make a turn on the outside ski. All you do is start the turn with the outside
ski and lift the inside ski up. This is how it looks. So, we just learned how to transfer
weight from one ski to the other. The next drill would be traversing the slope and maintaining
weight on a downhill ski, making sure you can balance yourself over the downhill ski
edge. Now, that is called a traverse practicing drill. You are practicing to stand on your
downhill ski, balancing your body over the downhill ski and lifting the ski just to make
sure that all your weight is on your downhill ski. It becomes important later in maintaining
your balance. When traversing a hill, make sure you are looking and your body is turned
towards your next turn and you are lifting the ski with your heel up so that you are
not leaning backwards. It is not this type of motion that would put you back. So your
knees are flexed, pressing against your shins and lifting your heel.

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