Ready for your first turns? One thing is particularly important when it comes to learning to ski. Children and adults alike should first learn how to slide and slow down safely on a gentle incline. Once you’ve mastered this, you can attempt your first arc manoeuvre in the snowplough position. During the snowplough manoeuvre, turn one knee in the uphill direction and shift your weight onto the outside ski. Then bring the skis slowly into a parallel position during the arc manoeuvre. To ensure that the edges receive the appropriate amount of pressure, use your hands to help you practise. Press your outer knee inwards and downwards with your hands. Once this is working well, add the ski poles. When using ski poles, remember that the skis always rotate around the poles. Before you begin the turn, place the pole into the snow on the inside of the turn. Now use the pole to gently push yourself back in the turn, thus turning the inner ski more gently and placing optimal pressure on the outer ski.