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How to Turn On Skis

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For beginner skiers, learning to turn on skis is important because it will put you in control of your direction down the hill, let you steer around other people, and help you pick a path down the hill.

To turn to the left, slightly drop your right shoulder toward the tip of your right ski, while increasing the pressure of your right ski boot on your right ski. Hold that position as you are moving down, and your skis will gently round out a turn to the left.

To turn to the right, gently drop the left shoulder toward the tip of the left ski, increasing the pressure on the left ski and your skis will turn to the right.

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