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An uphill turn connecting two uphill
traverses, maintaining a diagonal rhythm,
with a lesser variation of the kick turn.
Unweighting of the tails of the skis, most
easily performed on Alpine skis.
With the skis parallel, one foot is pushed
markedly in front of the other, so that fore
and aft stability is enhanced, especially
used over rough terrain.
A rhythmical linking of turns, using an
alternating telemark position, with the
forward ski being the outer ski of the turn
(in a conventional telemarking sense).
The rate of movements in a given technique.
Making a deliberate jump, either over a
cornice, or bump.
Also known as single-arm resting, whilst
diagonal striding, the skier rests one arm
in front of the body, rather than planting
the pole, in a rhythmical fashion, to
conserve energy or to rest the back, or when
the track makes a moderate curve to the left
An American term allegedly invented by
former Alpine skiers to refer to telemarking
with three-pin Nordic Norm bindings.
The classic aerodynamic position adopted by
racers to gain maximum speed, and by
beginners going at ten miles an hour who
feel like downhill racers. ( It?s strange
that racers always appear to be grimacing in
the tuck, while beginners are always
smiling!) From an up right position to the
tuck the acceleration on a medium to steep
slope can be considerable, and should
therefore be used with care.
A ski placed on its edge, as opposed to a
The twisting movement of a ski. The amount
it will twist along its length will affect
its performance. Generally, the stiffer the
torque, the higher will be the ski?s
Prepared route down a mountainside or a path
through wooded country. Known as piste in
The smooth linking of one technique with
another, most commonly referring to moving
from diagonal stride to double pole and its
Traveling directly across a slope, neither
up nor down. See also uphill traversing and
A low crouch of the upper body, generally
used to decrease wind resistance when skiing
The Scandinavian's preferred term for free
A common European term for diagonal stride.
Also known as asymmetrical V-skating, or
V-1, or two-skate double-pole,or padling, or
single time, this is skating off both feet
(two skates - but one at a time!) with a
double-pole push off every other skate.
See double-stride double-pole.
See two skating.