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Learning to ski cannot do without mastering the technique of turns. And these, depending on the degree of complexity, are of 3 types: plow, parallel N-W (low-high) and parallel long. Watch the video to learn how to turn your skis correctly. The turning technique is explained and shown by the instructor Michał Jędrasik from the Strefa Ruchu Ski School in Warsaw.

How to make turns on skis ? This can be done in 3 ways, depending on our level of advancement and how fast we want to corner.

  • Plow turning- the most basic evolution that all novice skiers learn; allows you to easily control the turning radius and driving speed;
  • Parallel N-W (low-high) turn- a bit more difficult technique as it requires the skis to be kept parallel all the time; its name comes from the fact that just before the evolution we bend our knees, and when turning, we quickly straighten them and thus go up;
  • Parallel long turn- technique used by more experienced skiers, which allows you to maintain high speed when cornering.

Learning to turn skis on a plow curve

The first step in learning to turn on skis is to master the plow bends. To do this, go to the plow, point the tips of the skis diagonally down the slope and, transferring your weight to the outer ski, make a turn. To consolidate this evolution, it is worth going down a small "slalom" several times by shifting the weight of the body once to the right and once to the left leg.

Plow turning technique

Plow arches prepare for learning the next type of turning - from the plow. We go parallel across the slope and just before the turn we widen the ski heels, and then we make a gentle curve to turn. We continue skiing with skis placed parallel.

N-W parallel turning technique

The N-W (low-high) technique is the most universal. We take a low position (N) with bent legs and go diagonally down the slope, with the skis parallel. At the moment of the turn, straighten the knees, rise (position W, i.e. high) and transfer the body weight to the upper ski (we can even slightly lift the lower ski). After making the turn, we immediately go back tolow position (N).

The technique of parallel long turning

A long parallel turn is reserved for more experienced skiers who are not afraid to develop high speeds on the slope. It consists in curling the skis when turning (i.e. slightly tilting the edges) while tilting the knees and hips towards the center of the turn. Throughout the evolution, we maintain a low position on bent legs and the skis are slightly extended, which allows us to maintain greater control of the track.

Watch the video in which instructor Michał Jędrasik from the Strefa Ruchu Ski School in Warsaw shows how to turn correctly on skis.


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