Next - using the poles only to help navigate - with your skis flat on the snow shuffle forward, sliding one foot at a time. Slide. Slide. Slide.

Skis flat on the snow.

Relax.

Slide. Slide. Slide.

Skis flat on the snow.

Stop. Relax. Smile.

When you’re doing this properly each ski is driven straight forward in a short, gliding step. If you’re stiff-legged your tips may lift and cross. Take easy glides. Don’t hurry. Don’t reach forward with your poles. Use them only if you need to help push yourself forward.

Glide around for a few more minutes to gain familiarity with how it feels to actually be whipping, ah, well, inching across the snow.

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