Welcome to video 4 of our Learning To Ski series. Feel free to watch the video above or to read the transcript below.
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[00:00:05] Hi my name is James Lockerbie. I’m here at The Snow Centre in Hemel Hempstead and today we’re going to be talking through plough parallel turns. Now we’re still using the plough at the top of the turn for that balance and support like we have been before. But now we start to remove the snowplough just like when you learn to ride your bike you start to remove off the stabilizers for your balance. Through the middle and the end of the turn we’re going to start to match the skis and become parallel.
Plough Paralllel Turns
[00:00:32] Now we’re going to run through some plough parallel turn. So just like we were doing before we got a snowplough at the top of the turn. So as we’re using it for support and balance stretching and turning our feet first but when we’re softening our legs through the middle and the end of the turn we’re allowing the inside ski to match it parallel as we are going through.
[00:00:51] Stretching. Now we’re relaxing and softening the skis. Stretching and relaxing softening the skis. Stretching, we’re relaxing and softening the skis.
[00:01:20] Now we’re going to try some traversing which is a great mountain skill if we need to get across the slope or go from one slope to the other. Now remember it is a great time as well when our skis are pointing across the slope to get used to those skis being parallel. We’re still balancing on the outside ski which is now the downhill ski facing down the slope. Always checking above you before you set off. So it’s nice and clear. And we’re only using this if we’re traversing when we are skiing and we’re doing the plough parallel turns. I want to make sure they’re nice and linked and we’re getting on that outside ski there as well.
[00:01:54] All right let’s give it a go. Skis run parallel keeping the majority of the weight on the outside ski which is the downhill facing one at the moment. And round again.
[00:02:12] And again having a quick check. Keeping the weight on the outside ski the downhill one facing at the moment.
Linking Plough Parallel Turns
Now we’re gonna have a go at the plough parallel turns again after we’ve been using the mountain skill traversing to get used to balancing with our skis parallel going across the hill. We don’t want to get lazy with that and do it all the time so I want to put it back into the turns so that we are making them nice and linked. Same thing as we were doing before using the snowplough at the top of the turn stretching, turning our feet first but as we’re softening our legs through the middle and the end of the turn we’re allowing that inside ski to come parallel to match. Now these are all tricky movements and stuff that we’re doing. So remember if you need any help ask your instructor. That’s what they’re there for. They’ll give you all the advice and help that you need in your personal development. So I’m going to show you some turns myself now. So back in again. Same move we were doing before – stretching turning the feet.Balancing on the outside skis, Soften the legs. Stretching letting the feet balance the outside, soften the legs. Stretch then the feet balance and soften.
[00:03:35] Just gonna run through a quick recap on what we’ve covered on the plough parallel session. So we’re looking at the plough parallel turns which is through the middle and the end of the turn. We’re matching the inside skis, we’re softening the legs. We’re still keeping the majority of the weight on the outside ski. And we had a go at traversing in there as well which is a great mountain skill if we need to go across from one slope to the other. But remember when we’re doing our plough parallel turns we’re keeping them nice and linked and we’re only using them for traversing if we’re going across and from the slope. If you’ve got any tips or anything you need to get from your instructor they’re there for your help and advice as you go along the way.