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Sideslipping


Sideslipping

Sideslipping is a technique which involves sliding along the Fall line of the slope, with the purpose of learning how to control the Skis, and make use of the edges when descending.

To go down a steep, narrow, or icy slope safely, it's recommendable you can do Sideslipping, while you are beginner. This method is used generally in descending slopes at all speeds and especially useful in confined areas and in steep terrain where the snowplow or pole riding is impractical.

Learn this skill is very important because it will teach you the importance of edge awareness. Before you can do traverses, it is necessary to master Sideslipping. Then you will also be able to perform basic turns and when you decrease the angle of your Skis' edges, you will begin to slide; likewise when you increase the edge angle, you will slow down and/or stop.
  • STEP 1: First, place your Skis across the Fall line, while your weight is putted on the uphill Ski so the edges will dig into the snow.
  • STEP 2: Then shift your weight on your downhill Ski and roll off your edges and onto the bases of your Skis. In this moment you will begin to slide down, if you want to slow down or stop, only increase the angle of your edge.