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Traversing


Traversing

When you will be on the slope, you will want to move directly across the Fall line. Traversing is the act of traveling across a slope.

This is different from ploughing which only uses the inside edges of your Skis; In Traversing you will use both the inner and outer edges. Thus, the Ski that is higher than your other Ski will be using its outer edge and the lower Ski will be using its inner edge. When traversing, you will discover it is easier to maintain balance if you keep your Skis wider apart.

Traversing on Skis is a purpose that beginners should achieve at first, in order to accomplish this, you only need a specific destination and maintained speed, and you can already ace this maneuver.

It's very important to learn how to make Traversing maneuver because you need to apply your knowledges about this issue when traveling in a narrow area and during linking turns.

In order to learn how to traverse, try to begin with finding the just right end point. Then go up the hill as high as you can. When you start to traverse, you will pick up speed which will be made possible by dropping down from a high elevation.

When you go down the hill, all the time try to keep your speed this way, you will be able to slide to where you want to go. If you want to traverse across flats, get to an aerodynamic position.

This position involves stooping forward while you put your hands behind your back.

Whether you are traversing a steep section of the slope, go to the highest line. In order to achieve this you can use your poles to move yourself forward. In case you lose your momentum, just shift to skating when on flat slopes or to sidestepping if you are on steeper ones.