Since you’re not going to ski straight downhill forever, your next step is to learn the snowplow turn. Do this by forming a snowplow as if to slow down, then shift your weight from equally balanced between the two skis to balanced on one ski.

Put your weight on the right ski to turn left, the left ski to turn right. When turning, the ski on the outside of the turning arc is termed the outside ski. The ski on the inside of the arc, intelligently enough, is the inside ski.

Edging comes into play here. The inside edge of the outside ski - only - is dug into the snow. When you’ve completed the turn bring the two skis back to parallel to continue your run. Then form the skis into a snowplow again, placing your weight on the opposite ski. When the turn is complete, return to parallel. Then, of course, repeat. And repeat.

Skiing is, basically, a series of curves. Left to right to left to right. The shorter the radius of the arcs, the faster you’ll travel. The wider the radius, the more gently. Practice making both short - and long-radius turns.

Continue a series of snowplow turns until you reach the bottom of a lift.

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