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Basic Parallel Leaper Turns

Intermediate Zone/Level 2 Blended Skills

Activity Description

Basic parallel turns in which the skis leave the snow between turns/during turn transition.

Why This Activity Will Be Useful:

Developing and refining pressure control skill provides options for skiing difficult terrain and or diverse snow conditions.

What The Skis Do (EFFECT):

• Unweighting is timed such that both skis leave the snow simultaneously.
• Skis maintain parallel relationship while in the air.
• Rotation of the skis while in the air is minimal.
• Skis change and adjust edge angles at similar time.
• Skidded ski performance is maintained upon landing and entering the new turn.

How The Body Moves (CAUSE):

• From the shaping phase through the finish of the turn, the legs turn more than the upper body to create upper/lower body separation
• Use powerful extension movements of the knees and hips to promote unweighting off the old edges and produce takeoff.
• The timing of unweighting should occur so both feet leave the snow at the same time
• Edging movements of the feet and lower legs adjust edge angles of both skis.
• Flexion movements from the ankles, knees and hips facilitate a soft landing and manage pressure.
• Upper body remains stable though takeoff and landing.
• Flexion and extension of the joints controls relationship of the Center of Mass to the base of support fore/aft and laterally.

Where

Groomed Blue terrain

Teaching/Learning Cues

See Straight Run Leapers for preliminary movement and pressure control skill development
• First, master ability to utilize extension movements from the legs to unweight the skis for take off. Use Straight Run Leapers to practice, see Activity Description
• As a cue, think of leaping up and forward, so the COM continues to move to where the skis will be moving. Keep ankles flexed while “leaping.”
• Practice using flexion of the ankles, knees, and hips to land “softly” without slapping the skis back onto the snow. The goal is to be able to have both skis take off and land on the snow at the same time. They should remain parallel to the snow as well as each other.
• Practice these movements by leaping without changing edges while traversing across the hill.
• Next, from the traverse, leap and tip the feet and lower legs downhill slightly while in the air.
• Keep upper body quiet. Remember to move forward while leaping.
• Upon landing continue tipping and turning movements with legs into the new turn.
• Finish the turn.
• Stop and repeat
• As you gain confidence try linking a series of turns with leaping during edge change.