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The sequence of lessons 3, 4, and 5 is deliberate. Lesson 3 is about the finish of a turn, Lesson 4 is about the initiation of a turn and lesson 5 is about putting the previous 4 lessons together and adding the concept of skiing with the skis-side-by-side, parallel to each other. In most beginner lessons the first goal is for the student to make a series of snowplow turns. I have found this practice counterproductive as I believe that once you have made 1 snowplow turn you have made enough. I use the snowplow as a teaching tool, not as a way to ski. Unfortunately, if you show some people the snowplow turn and have them make a series of them, it can become a way of skiing. It is then difficult to switch to a more efficient way of skiing with your skis parallel to each other. So lesson 5 is designed to make use of the rudimentary skills, previously learned, in order to begin parallel skiing.
Sub-Lessons to Beginner Lesson
The lessons should probably be named steps, but I wanted to stress the importance of the skills learned in each lesson. The point is that the lessons are really the first lesson in learning how to ski on the technical side. Perfection is not expected at each stage. The purpose is to introduce the skills and to immediately repeat the process several times, with each time improving performance.
To Speed After Blending
The last lesson, 6, is added for you to experience the sensation of speed on skis. For some people there can be a background fear of speed, but skiing in a tucked position, on a gentle slope, will give some sense of what speed feels like, often the fun part of skiing. In the tucked position with your feet wide and your elbows on your knees, you can’t fall far and hurt yourself. You know how to stop 3 different ways and how to turn if necessary. This is really a test of confidence in your new-found abilities. You pass this and you are on the way to being a downhill skier. Time now, to have some fun now.
Miles to Imprint the Beginner Lesson