What is parallel skiing?
Parallel skiing is the sort that looks good on the slopes. Your feet and skies are parallel to each other rather thin in the V-formation of the snowplough. Once you get to grips with the basics you can move faster, turn quicker and start to get a bit of swagger in your walk as you stride onto the slopes.
So once you are confidently snowploughing you are read to move on to improver lessons and get those skies parallel. Luckily for you, you don’t have to go to the expense of popping off to the Alps every weekend to get good at it; Chill Factore’s slope in Manchester is the UK’s best slope for practising parallel skiing techniques. We can provide everything you need from skies, boots and clothes to slope to ski down whilst doing it.
How to move from snow plough to parallel?
Step one – Balance
The first thing you need to be able to do is balance your weight on your outside ski when turning. Ski on one leg? On purpose? Surely this is madness! I know, it sounds ridiculous doesn’t it? But once you’ve mastered this you’ll be able to get the hang of parallel skiing.
When performing a snowplough turn, your weight stays fairly evenly distributed over both skis. With parallel skiing your weight moves to being mostly over the outside ski.