PARALLEL SKIING SHORT RADIUS TURNS
Parallel turns are often referred to as long radius, medium radius and short radius. In the
sequence below we discuss the short radius turn.
This turn sequence is quicker or higher frequency than the medium radius turn. At the left the skier initiates the turn by releasing the ski edges from the previous turn and pointing the new inside little toe of the foot in the direction of the turn.
Flexing the new inside leg also helps in moving the center of mass in the direction of the new turn. The body tilts in the direction of the turn engaging ski edges
with inclination and angulation of the knees (center) during this shaping phase of the turn. The right photo shows the completion phase of the turn
where the skier quickly moves to the new turn. Timing occurs with a gentle pole touch in the direction of the turn.