Techniques

As there are different kinds of skiing, there are also a number of skiing techniques you can use.  It will be helpful to learn these basic skiing techniques so that you can be more confident when you hit the slopes.

When trying to learn the basic moves, you have to remind yourself that the best way to learn is to do it.  You cannot learn these techniques just by reading about it, although reading about it will help you in becoming more familiar with them.

Here are the following skiing techniques for you to learn:
-    Skiing Stem
-    Parallel Turn
-    Carve Turn
-    Telemark Turn
-    Pivot Turn
-    Jump Turn

Another thing to remember is that skiing takes practice, practice, practice!  So when you fall down, pick yourself up and try it again until you are able to perform the techniques with poise and confidence.  And as you do these, remember to have some fun.

Also, here are some basics when we talk about skiing or moving downhill:

When moving downhill, you can:
-    Carve: both ends of your skis travel using the same half-circles you made
-    Slip: here, you are traveling perpendicular to your skis, meaning the skis are going sideways as they move down the hill
-    Slide: this is just letting gravity and the direction you point the skis do the work for you.  You can slide straight down a hill or crosswise.
-    Skid: This is slipping and sliding working alternately as you negotiate a turn.  Usually, the tips are closer to each other than the tails of the skis.

Here are some things you have to remember:
-    Balance: You can maintain your balance depending on how you move your upper body (especially the head and arms), how you are able to extend and flex your spine, hips, knees and ankles, how you can easily alter the width of your stance, or how you can use different movements in order to shift the center of mass.  Also, you should know when to decrease or increase the tension in your muscles and when to tip or lean as you move.
-    Movements from the center of mass: Basically these are movements that enable you to control your speed, change your direction or do some carving, slipping or skidding.  You can do these by either angling your body or tipping you body in a certain way.  Other movements also involve rotating, which can help when you are making a turn.
-    Movements to control pressure:  This is knowing when to release or exert pressure at certain points on the skis.  Mastering this difficult art will help you easily control how you move across the snow.

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