To change direction while standing still, practice the simple star turn. Imagine that your skis are the hands of a clock, with the tips pointing toward noon and the tails as the center of the dial. Pivot one ski by lifting the tip but not the tail and turning the tip until it’s pointing toward

2 o’clock. Place the ski firmly on the snow. Now pivot the second ski, tip up, tail down, until it’s parallel with the first. Remember, use your poles for balance.

Continue this series of small pivots until you’re facing in the opposite direction. Then, using the same sequence, reverse the order of rotating skis until you’re again facing the direction from which you started.

The do nots:

Do not lift the whole ski off the snow.

Do not spread the tails; only the tips.

Do not put your weight on the tips, or you’ll cross the tails of your skis. The remember:

Remember that the pressure on the bottom of your feet will tell you whether you’re turning with your weight on your heels, on your toes, or on your edges.


Spend a few minutes both gliding around and making the star turn until it’s time to climb a low slope for your first downhill adventure.

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