When It Comes to Steep SkiingThe hardest part is to commit to going downhill. Release your downhill/outside ski and make a turn. Aim for short turns. Continue to plant your pole and then go. No “shopping” for a turn.
If you are in a narrow chute, make sure you know how to do a hop turn (jumping and turning 180 degrees in the air). Also, practice a kick turn. Stand on your uphill ski, pick up your downhill ski, place the tail in the ground and let it drop to the other side so it is facing 180 degrees to the uphill ski. Stand on the downhill ski, this lightens the weight on the uphill ski so you can turn it and place it next to the other ski.
Lastly, learn to master the self-arrest. When the snow is harder, self-arrest means being able to stop yourself from a fall. If this happens, get your feet below your head. Roll on your stomach and slowly put your toes into the snow. Think “cat on the drapes.”