Learn How 2 Ski

Phases of a turn

In the course of a turn, we have different phases. We subdivide the movement when completing a turn into 3 phases, all of which perform different tasks.

  1. Initiation phase: Here we prepare for the turn, we ease weight off the skis to make it easier to drift towards the fall line
  2. Neutral phase: Here we neutralize the body (we bring it into a central, middle position above the ski) and prepare ourselves for the final phase
  3. Steering phase: Here we build up the alpine basic position, put more weight on the downhill ski and steer the turn to the end

At the beginning, in making slow turns the phases differ from each other and are very clearly recognizable. The faster we go, the more the phases will blend into each other and the so-called phase „merge“ occurs.