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Side Slipping, a skill for all ability levels


Certified Ski Diva
it's funny for me to read over these threads, then look up videos on youtube and realize i know most of these moves but don't really know the names for most of them. i guess that's what happens when you learn to ski so young (then take a long time off!) that you forget the names of skills, but still have the muscle memory to do them on the slopes.


Ski Diva Extraordinaire
My friend talked me into skiing Topridge (a diamond) at Gore yesterday. When I got there every pitch had been scraped pretty clean of snow and there was some glare even in the flat afternoon light. I was scared but decided to side slip down the first pitch... then did falling leaf and side slipped down the rest of the icy ones. It’s a great way to get yourself out of a scary situation without tumbling down the mountain!


Certified Ski Diva
How difficult is this skill? Can a beginner learn it easily or not?
It's an exercise in realizing and releasing the edges on your skis. Check out "falling leaf" tutorials on YouTube as well. Practice when the hill is quiet, not on a crazy weekend afternoon. Side slipping and edge release exercises were one of those "light bulb" moments for me that tied skiing all together.


Angel Diva
A recent discussion that brought up pivot slips and Falling Leaf reminded me of this thread.

As I said in Post #1, how someone reacts to the idea of side slipping as a fundamental skill probably depends on whether they are a beginner, intermediate, advanced, or an expert skier. Depending on the region and the type of terrain someone skis most often, they may have more or less experience side slipping on a regular basis. If they haven't had lessons lately (or ever as an adult), the idea of practicing side slipping may not sound like a worthwhile use of time on snow. Even if they know how to side slip, it's unlikely that they are as good on one side as on the other. The only way to deal with that reality is to practice deliberately. Just as true for advanced skiers as intermediates.

For those reading who are new to Diva threads, note that liquidfeet, SkiBam, Skier31, volklgirl, Jilly, and SkiSailor are instructors who ski in different regions. I'm not an instructor. I've become a solid advanced skier in the last decade based on lessons with very experienced instructors at my home hill and during trips to resorts out west. Plus I'm retired and have been able to get in more mileage on slopes in recent years.

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