The more experienced you are as a skier, the more important your poles become. Learn how to use them from the moment you go into your first stem christie.

Before initiating the turn bend your knees, lower your center of gravity, and then, stretching your arm forward, drop the point of the pole next to the shovel of the ski that will be on the inside of the turn, and ski around it. What you’ve done, in effect, is to use the pole to mark the turn.

As soon as you slide into the turn, raise yourself up fully until you’re ready for your next turn.

There’s a sort of chant that can help you with your turns:

Down. Plant pole. Start turn. Up as you complete the turn.

Naturally, as you reach forward to plant the pole to mark the inside of the turn, you may forget that you have another hand holding another pole. The consequences of this are that your outside hand will fall in back
of your outside hip, pulling you off balance. You may not fall. You will struggle to complete the turn successfully. Keep both hands on the handle- bars of the bicycle you’re riding.

What’s next? You haven’t gotten to Carnegie Hall yet. Practice.

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