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Tune Up: Tip Lead

For balanced transitions, keep both legs under your body and your ski tips evenly matched.

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Committing to your outside ski is crucial to making a good turn. But the too-much-of-a-good-thing rule applies. Place too much attention and weight on your outside ski, and your inside leg will be free to wander—and it will, jeopardizing smooth and efficient turn transitions. Your inside (uphill) leg and ski can have the tendency to float ahead of the outside (downhill) leg.  This is called tip lead, and too much can disrupt your transitions. When you start a new turn, it can be difficult to step onto a ski that is in front of your body. Pull and hold your inside leg under your center of mass throughout the turn to create seamless transitions. Bobby Murphy is the director of the Telluride Ski & Snowboard School in Colorado and a member of the PSIA Demonstration Team.