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Slideshow: A Stable Torso

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STEP 1: DRIVE DOWNHILL
No matter where or how you ski, the most important thing you can do to boost performance is to keep your shoulders square and your hands out in front of you. When you drop your inside hand, you’ll fall to the inside of your turn, unweighting your downhill ski. If you drop both hands, you’ll put your weight in the backseat, where you have zero control.

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STEP 2:STAY FORWARD
Avoid the urge to rotate your shoulders in the direction of your turn or you’ll be thrown back on your tails. Do that on the steeps and you’ll lose your edging ability. As you move through your turn, you should feel your skis loading with power. Stay focused, and keep your center of gravity low.

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STEP 3: LOOK AHEAD
As you exit your turn, shift your inside ski forward and stand a little taller to set up for your next turn. Keep looking downhill, reading the terrain. And don’t forget your poles-planting your pole beyond the toepiece of your binding will keep you driving forward.