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Steeps Technique - Body Projection

Ever been in a situation where you were not quite sure if you were going to definitely get the skis to turn - mainly due to the steepness of the terrain? Well that's what this section is all about.

As the terrain gets steeper the heavier your skis will usually feel and the harder it is to get over into the next turn. To cope with this and the steeper slope angles it will help if you learn how to modify your turn initiation.

This can be done by introducing dynamic action to your skiing, by focusing on a positive extension up and forwards down the hill - as you initiate the turn. The amount of energy it takes to get the skis to turn on steeper terrain warrants you learning how to initiate positively and dynamically.

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Body Projecting - the process
1/ To begin with practice the dynamic projection on a not-so-steep slope. Something like a blue run would be perfect. As you make the turn allow the pole plant to connect positively into the snow and at this point project your hips and shoulders forwards, up and down the hill.
 
2/ Project by pushing up from the balls of your feet. It's a bit like diving into the water at the edge of a swimming pool.

It has to be forwards and up, not just up.

The skis will become very light and much easier to manoeuvre on the steeper terrain.
 
3/ Develop the projection to a greater degree and eventually the skis will leave the snow momentarily.

As you come to land, steer the skis across the hill as much as you need for control.

Once you feel you've got the hang of the dynamic projection, try it out on a steeper gradient slope and enjoy your new found confidence and strength.