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Start skiing across a moderately steep hill in a traverse. Release your edges by standing up. You’ll start drifting sideways downhill.
As you slide, gently increase and decrease your edge bite. Speed up by flattening your skis; slow down by applying more edge. Face where you’re going, probably forward and sideways. The trick is to keep your skis across the slope. Don’t let the tips or tails get too far downhill.
The Hockey Stop
To stop quickly, you must be well balanced over the middle of your skis. You must also flatten your skis (as in the sideslips) to suddenly pivot them beneath you. The hockey stop is as much a balance drill as it isa turning exercise.
D Start skiing straight down the fall line. Widen your stance so you feel stable and balanced over the entire length of your feet. Get your hands out front, and keep in mind that your hips and upper body are going to face down the fall line the whole time.
E Make sure your feet are directly beneath you and your skis are flat on the snow. Start turning first with your feet, then your ankles, then your legs. Try not to twist your hips or upper body. With practice, you’ll be able to make this move very quickly.
F Come to a stop as soon as possible, setting your edges in the snow. When your feet stop this quickly, your upper body wants to continue downhill. This positions you perfectly to initiate a new turn.