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The Federation Internationale de Ski,
(International Ski Federation) and the
ruling body of international ski
The line a snow-ball would take down a given
slope - the steepest, shortest, and fastest
line down any given slope.
A more traditional method of teaching
downhill turning techniques whereby the
student gradually decreases their angle of
approach to the fall-line with each
successive attempt to produce a single turn.
See half skating.
A transition from diagonal stride to a
double-pole variant, this technique is
achieved by resting both arms in front of
the body (as in four phase), and then either
double poling from this position and
bringing the feet together (faster), or
first striding onto one foot and then double
poling and bringing the feet together .
A ski held parallel to the surface of the
snow, with neither edge closer than the
More instructor jargon for 'bent'...
Opposite of extension. Movement resulting in
the bending of a leg joint.
The line water would follow if poured down
Also known as double-arm resting; whilst
diagonal striding, the skier rests both arms
in front of the body, rather than planting
both poles sequentially for two push-offs.
Dancing on skis. Highly recommended for
improving balance and confidence. Practising
freestyle moves increases the chance of
recovery in sticky situations elsewhere.
Also known as tuck skating, or downhill
skating, or speed skating, this is skating
(mostly downhill, and on the flat - rarely
uphill) without the use of poles, and
sometimes in a tuck. The more exotic arm
movements seen in the mid-1980's (such as
kombi skating) are less favoured these days.