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PRESS INTO YOUR BOOT TONGUES
If I could not pressure my boot tongues with my shin bones, I once believed, it was just like letting go of the steering wheel of my car. We used our legs to crush the front of the boots to control our ski tips. Forward pressure began at the top of each turn to start a direction change (1), and increased throughout the turn (2-3) to heighten the edge angle. We only eased off on the tip between turns-as we changed edges.
ADOPT A NATURAL STANCE
Shaped skis turn with a lot less forward pressure. Modern boots invite you to stand right over the ski’s sweet spot. Accept the invitation, and don’t fight your boots-feel contact with your boot cuff all the way around your lower leg. Start turns with an active diagonal tipping (A). Increase the edge angle by tilting your lower legs even more (B). Throughout the turn, continue to stand naturally and feel more pressure against the sides of your ankles, rather than artificially against your shins (C).