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Skiing Beginner Course - Linking Turns

Linking Turns is the final step in our beginner course where you combine all you have learned. At this point, you should be comfortable with traverses as well as rising to a straight position and going down to a bent position while traversing. You can do this by practicing how to rise and fall on a flat surface, and then use the same motion while traversing and maintaining your speed.

STEP 1: Take note that you need to brush up your traverses first before linking turns. Start by traversing on moderate slope. Turn your head and torso to face the direction where you want to travel. Keep your knees bent and your center of gravity low.

STEP 2: Maintain speed while traversing. Paying attention to your speed will enable you to slide to where you are going.

STEP 3: Start your first turn by shifting your weight forward to point the tips of your Skis closer to the Fall Line. Notice that you will gain speed as you position the Skis downhill. At this point, you can always abort your turn by shifting your weight backwards slightly and moving your Skis perpendicular to the Fall Line.

STEP 4: Complete your turn by moving your Skis uphill - across the Fall Line. Turn your head and torso in the direction of your turn. Continue linking the turns until you can do it smoothly.

As long as you have enough confidence in your Traversing skills, making your first turns should not be that scary anymore. Get comfortable moving with your Skis and practice traversing so you will be able to link turns smoothly and effectively.

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Lessons Overview

Below you can find all the lessons of our Learn Skiing Online Course:

1: Understanding the Fall Line
2: Skiing Stance
3: Carrying your Skis
4: Walking with Skis
5: Getting Up after a Fall
6: Kick Turn
7: Clock Turn
8: Side-stepping
9: Herringbone
10: Sideslipping
11: Skating
12: Traversing
13: Linking Turns

Done? Try our Skiing Tricks section.