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angulation

A body leaning position skiers use to manage and stay in lateral balance when they edge and ski downhill. By angulating, a skier can change the location of their center of mass, thereby precisely managing how much weight they direct to the inside and outside skis. The amount of angulation used can have significant impact on how efficiently a person is able to ski.

To angulate, a skier creates an angle at the hip, and/or knee, which moves body mass towards the outside of the turn. Doing so moves more weight towards the outside ski. How much a skier needs to angulate to maintain optimum lateral balance depends on the nature of the individual turn, and the properties of the skis used. Some turns require very little angulation, while the absence of angulation during other turns will result in a fall.

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