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Skiing across a diagonal slope - beginner

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abc wrote:
... using side-slipping as a one-and-only, cure-all...


Straw man. Who said that?

It is, however, the ultimate...
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...get-out-of-jail move!
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@abc, if I’ve understood correctly, the OP had only ever skied for 2 days.

Be interesting to know how they enjoyed their 3rd day.
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I do like these "learn to ski" correspondence courses Smile

I just tried to find one of "Darren Turner" youtube videos that show side slipping, but I'm surprise I could not find one.

probably worth a watch anyway. He shows the techniques very well.


http://youtube.com/v/AR7C5qWvuUc

Good luck!
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AL9000 wrote:
abc wrote:
... using side-slipping as a one-and-only, cure-all...


Straw man. Who said that?

MANY said that!

Re-read the whole thread. Count how many said this move get them “out of jail”. Only this is a “jail” locked by lack of skill in other area.

Last but not least, OP were in beginner trail. Side-slipping on relatively flat slope is actually quite hard to manage! For all those who wonder why beginner skiers are “not taught” how to side slip as snowboarders do, and all the instructors who insist they ARE taught early on, it’s because it’s much harder to learn on beginner slope!

That being the reason why beginner skiers don’t side slip until they become “intermediates”!!!
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@abc I once overheard a girl on a resort bus saying her first day's skiing was on a red, learning to side slip one way and then the other. The next day they took her to a blue, where she went straight to parallel skiing.

What perhaps we forget is how quickly in a first week's skiing one moves from getting out of jail on a slope on Wednesday to carving it on Friday.
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@James the Last, regardless the OP would NOT be well served by trying to side slip his way diagonally down a side-sloping green/blue piste.

A decent instructor might take him to a red piste to learn it. But he would most likely not be able to do it reliably on an easy blue!

The OP need to learn to turn in progressively steeper slopes, whether snowplough or parallel. Without such skills, even if he may be able to side slip A LOT of slopes, he’d be thoroughly exhausted in half a day!

Side-slipping is a skill IN ADDITION to proper turning technique. Not instead of! Sad
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Sorry but slide slipping got me down a short steep section of red which was essential to getting to a chair lift to take me higher up the mountain to a lovely blue with actual snow on it instead of ice. By the end of the week I was skiing down it. Without the slide slip I'd have been stuck on the bottom of the mountain with all the ice; This is what happened to my gf for half of the week.
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abc wrote:
@James the Last

Side-slipping is a skill IN ADDITION to proper turning technique. Not instead of! Sad


rolling eyes

Pressure and edge control of both skis in parallel... Side slipping is the underlying basis of proper turning technique!
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@fullenglish
Makes a good point - is there a drill to practice “side slip / edge, side slip / edge” and repeat, to in effect, sawtooth down the piste and quickly gain feel for the differing technique required for each?
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is there a drill to practice “side slip / edge, side slip / edge” and repeat, to in effect, sawtooth down the piste and quickly gain feel for the differing technique required for each?


just do it - both ways - doesn't really need a drill, I guess!
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Firstly, have more lessons. In my beginner class we did loads of traversing and side slipping partly because we had to (little snow near many lifts) - but also, I suspect, because they can be a "get out of jail" card for many situations. (But please don't mess the moguls up by thinking that is skiing down them !)
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Thanks @pam w, but for me doing it isn’t enough, I need to understand why I’m doing what to enable it to sink in, hence the need for a drill.
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I need to understand why I’m doing wha

Well - do it on one leg (both legs, in both directions, much easier on the downhill leg, obviously) staying straight across the slope and also work on diagonal side slipping - forwards and backwards, which requires shifting your weight fore and aft. You'll soon get the feel of why you need to do what you need to do! The state of the snow makes a big difference, as well as the steepness and shape of the slope.
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 You know it makes sense.
You know it makes sense.
It's the sort of thing I used to do when waiting for people who were faffing with their gloves, goggles, boots, bindings, mobile phones or hip flasks.
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