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Slideshow: Lower Body Technique

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A balanced stance, with every lower-body joint flexed equally, is crucial. When one joint flexes, all the others should flex to complement it.A…

A balanced stance, with every lower-body joint flexed equally, is crucial. When one joint flexes, all the others should flex to complement it.A narrow stance (feet close together) works best in bumps. Your feet will fit between the moguls more easily, and both feet, because they’re close, will experience the same terrain and snow conditions at the same time.

Pivoting in bumps is usually easy because the terrain is rolling. Without edging too aggressively, turn your tips downhill. Steer with your feet and…

Pivoting in bumps is usually easy because the terrain is rolling. Without edging too aggressively, turn your tips downhill. Steer with your feet and ankles first…

...then guide your skis with your knees and thights.  Resist the urge to turn your hips.  Rather, just let the center follow along naturally.  Skid…

…then guide your skis with your knees and thights. Resist the urge to turn your hips. Rather, just let the center follow along naturally. Skid if necessary, allowing your fet to pass through the troughs between moguls, and over the precise spot you’ve checked.

As you begin to finish each turn, you'll start to feel some angulation in your lower body. Begin to drive your knees in the direction of a fully…

As you begin to finish each turn, you’ll start to feel some angulation in your lower body. Begin to drive your knees in the direction of a fully completed turn. More pressure will build along the edge of the outside ski. Don’t waste energy trying to muscle the skid. As you gain experience, you’ll become more comfortable with giving up some grip in return for enhanced control.