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Slideshow: Hop Turns & Slow Short Turns

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As you start a turn and plant your pole, flex deeply. This simulates the movement needed to absorb a bump. To keep your balance, flex equally at your…

As you start a turn and plant your pole, flex deeply. This simulates the movement needed to absorb a bump. To keep your balance, flex equally at your ankles, knees and hips.

Rise and extend to hop your skis off the snow. This simulates the extension you need to keep your skis on the snow after you pass over a mogul top.…

Rise and extend to hop your skis off the snow. This simulates the extension you need to keep your skis on the snow after you pass over a mogul top. As you hop, pivot your skis in the air.

Land softly and in balance. Complete the turn with your feet and legs if you need to, but flex deeply as you land, have your pole ready, and prepare…

Land softly and in balance. Complete the turn with your feet and legs if you need to, but flex deeply as you land, have your pole ready, and prepare to hop again, pivoting your skis in the opposite direction. Link a series of these hop turns down the slope. Strive to keep your balance and control your speed at all times.

Slow Short TurnsTo control your descent in bumps (and not be bullied by them), and to maintain your line, you must hit exact spots ahead of you. You…

Slow Short Turns

To control your descent in bumps (and not be bullied by them), and to maintain your line, you must hit exact spots ahead of you. You must also make completed turns to check your speed. In this exercise you should look ahead, spot places to turn and creep slowly down even a steep slope.

D It’s critical to keep your eyes and your upper body facing downhill. Your hands must be ready to swing your pole forward.

E A rock-solid pole plant is crucial in moguls. It’s the only way to stabilize your upper body. As one turn ends, the new pole should already be swinging forward for the next pole plant.

F In all linked turns, the pole plant is your signal to change edges. Because you will change edges constantly in moguls, this drill helps you keep your hands in constant motion—always ready and always swinging.

G Your eyes should be searching the snow ahead. Look for spots to turn that are hard to get to: slightly uphill from where you’d normally finish a turn. This forces you to complete turns to the extent that you’re almost pointing uphill. That keeps your speed down.