“It’s a great accomplishment when you can move beyond the Pizza wedge and start turning with French Fries. From here on out, you can use this advanced skill for pretty much all your skiing. If you have taken plenty of time to have fun with all the stuff up to this point, the parallel turn will come easily.”
“This is by far the coolest way to stop! Start out by making a bunch of J turns. Each time you do one make the bottom of the J shorter and shorter. The stopping will get quicker each time. Keep at it and you’ll eventually stop so fast that you’ll shoot a rooster tail of snow from your edges! The hockey stop is just a J turn, only faster and more concentrated into a short little stopping zone.”
“J turns describe the big curved J shape of the track you’ll make with your skis in the snow. It’s a fun way to introduce kids to the parallel stance, and it’s another way they can stop.
Start out by skiing in a gliding Pizza straight down the slope, right in the fall line. Before you get going too fast, turn across the hill (out of the fall line) and make that curved part of the letter J. You’ll come to a nice controlled stop with your skis pointing back uphill. It might help to have someone else make a big J turn first and then you can follow that track in the snow.”
“Your jacket has a zipper that should be used like the laser guidance system for your whole body. Think of your pants and jacket as two distinct halves, and they each move differently. Your skis down at the snow will be moving back and forth with each turn, but your upper body should be stable and smooth. Focus on a quiet upper body by trying to keep your jacket zipper pointed downhill.”
“The steeper the slope, the more the C shape helps you stay in control.”
“As the motions get smoother and less blocky, your whole body starts to look like a graceful C shape pointing downhill. This is the shape of an expert skier!”
“To do it right, the wings of the airplane should match (be parallel to) the slope you’re on. To do this, your head and upper body will be bent over the downhill ski a little more than the uphill ski.”