With skis parallel, a hockey stop digs the edges into the snow to stop. It gets its name from the quick stops hockey players execute on the ice.
With the upper body focused downhill, turn the skis together sideways into a downhill slide, and then pressure the skis under the boots to weight the edges. It is a controlled maneuver, not a way to correct out-of-control, high-speed descent.
When you are unable to turn but need to change directions on a steep slope, the kick turn comes into play. With skis sideways to the slopes, place both poles on the uphill side to aid with balance. Lift the downhill ski forward, picking up the toe and heel, to reverse its direction.
Your boots will point uncomfortably in two different directions, as will your parallel skis, similar to a ballet plié. Shift body weight to the downhill ski and swing the uphill ski around to place it parallel to and facing the same direction as the other ski. It will now be the new downhill ski.
STEP 3: BUILD UP TO SUPER STEEP
While we all love a thrill, you’ll have more success skiing steep slopes if you move up gradually in steep pitches.
Don’t start by daring yourself to launch into the gnarliest double black diamond chute on the hill. Instead, lead up to more challenging pitches with practice on less steep terrain. Use a graduated approach, and leave those tight chutes for last.