Turning Points: Flex Benefits

Today’s gear lets you use your legs—not your whole body—to move vertically over your skis and apply pressure to your edges.

In the old days, you had to synchronize and exaggerate your leg movements—extending both legs to get tall, bending them both to get small—to pressure and steer your skis. Today’s equipment, on the other hand, responds to more subtle input, so your up and down movements don’t need to be so dramatic. What’s more, modern skis can work independently of each other, giving you more versatility. That’s not to say vertical movement is passé. Flexing and extending actions in your legs are as important as ever, but they don’t have to happen in unison. In fact, sometimes it’s best if they don’t, as long as both skis maintain contact with the snow.

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