Beginner Skiing Progression – Isolated Wedge Turns

It's often easiest for a skiers first turns on snow to be done one at a time... typically in a wedge for added stability, although can be done with skis parralellel as well if the skier is confident.

Objectives: 

To create a single turn and come to a complete stop. It’s a good idea to master it in both directions before moving on.

Fan Progression: 

A fan progression can be used to make things easier if a skier lacks confidence or has trouble catching on.

First start with the skis pointing across the fall line learning to balance on the downhill ski with minimal direction change. Push with the poles if more momentum is needed.

Gradually increase difficulty by starting more and more in the fall line. 

Technical Considerations:

  • Begin sliding (in a wedge if needed)
  • Lighten inside ski to shift balance towards the middle of the outside ski. 
  • Allow foot to roll and leg to turn
  • Use all joints to maintain balance in the middle of the outside ski.
  • As pressure builds and seperation develops between the upper and lower body use angulation to mange grip. 
  • Keep steering skis to a complete stop

Trouble Shooting:

The skiers primary focus here will be to create a steering angle by turning the femurs in the hip socket. Over edging of the skis, balancing towards the inside ski, or balance towards the tails of the skis are common issues that will make twisting the sis difficult.

Caution:

Beginner skiers attempting their first turns may not be able to stop!

  • Ideally select very short gentle pitch with a flat (or uphill) run out to prevent run away skiers.
  • Should be a quiet area off to the side of a run.
  • Make turn away from traffic and as always... always look up hill before you go!
  • Watch for fatigue. Beginner skiers may get tired side stepping up the slope over and over. Use a continuous gentle slope once the ability to stop has been established.

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