Okay, you’ve practiced the snowplow for stopping. Now use it to control your speed as you schuss straight down the fall line. When you begin skiing faster than you’re comfortable with, push your skis into a modified snowplow, tails slightly out, tips close together but not touching. Edge lightly on the inside of each ski. When you’ve reduced speed, bring the skis parallel and start moving faster.

Here’s a good beginner exercise for putting the snowplow into service for braking:

First - start skiing parallel, with your skis straight forward and your shoulders balanced above each ski;

Second - go into a modified snowplow with pressure on the inside edges to slow you down;

Third - return to parallel skiing to gain speed;

Fourth - use a full snowplow with strong inside edging to stop.

Fifth - repeat the first four steps. And repeat again.

How important is the position of your body? Critical! Stand erect with your shins pressing the front of your ski boots, your knees flexed, your butt tucked in, and your weight equally distributed on both skis.

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