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How to Stand On Skis

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Your skiing stance is how you stand on skis. That includes how you balance on your skis and how your body is aligned i.e. how your head, shoulders, and hips are aligned with your skis.

When you're a beginner skier, it's easier to keep your balance if you stand in a snow plow position with your skis pointed inward.

An optimal stance for beginning skiers is standing on your skis facing across a gently sloped hill with your knees slightly bent and your hands slightly above your thighs.

Skiing Tips

How to Snow Plow Video
The snow plow is the starting point for any new skier. It gives you good control and a solid platform for advancement. See our tips on how to get comfortable with the gliding wedge.

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Skiing tips and techniques to help you get started on the ski slopes if you're a beginner, and to refine your technique if you're a more experienced skier.

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