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Written by Dugald Morrow   
Thursday, 20 November 2008

Steeps require shorter, yet full turns to control your speed. This necessitates your full weight being removed from the skis so they can swing around to make the turn in the time and space available. This contrasts the carving turn where the weight is never fully removed from the skis and the shaped edges turn the ski in a long arc.

In order to remove the weight from your skis, you need to upweight away from the face of the slope. Once the thrust is complete, tuck your legs up to create enough clearance to swing your skis around. You should find that steeper slopes require less energy to upweight since you can thrust more horizontally to make the clearance to allow your skis to swing around.

To practice the jump turn required by steeps, start by just making one jump tun at a time. You will probably want to do this on a short steep section of a trail such that it is not too intimidating.

Throughout the jump turn, your shoulders should be directed down the fall line as this enables shorter, faster turns with more control. This is because it keeps the upper body positioned such that it is ready for the next turn at any stage.

Pole planting is particularly important when tackling steeps. Each turn is initiated with a pole plant. The planted pole acts as a stabilising pivot point and also reduced body weight which further helps upweighting.

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