For the sidestep, stand at right angles to the fall line - the direction a ball will roll - with your skis parallel and your knees inclined toward the slope so that the uphill edge of each ski is pressed into the snow. This is edging. Your feet already learned how it feels to put the weight on one edge and the other. On a slope the pressure edge is always on the uphill side.

With your weight on your downhill ski, lift the uphill ski and step up. Plant the uphill ski with your weight on the upper edge and bring the downhill ski up to and parallel with the first.

In the sidestep always, but always, keep the skis at right angles to the slope. If the skis point even slightly downhill you’ll find them starting to glide downhill. If the tails point downhill you’ll suddenly find yourself gliding backward toward the base.

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