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Bend your knees on the turns.

6.3 Flexion turn skidded

Perhaps you are asking yourself the question, why should I change the edge in a low position when it is so much easier to change the edge in a high position? This is because in some bumpy or tricky conditions it's needed to change the edge in a low position to have more stability. Flexing turns are more common known as "down unweighted turn".

For this module you should already know.
6.1.3 Release pressure4.1 Standard turn skidded
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6.2 Extension turn skidded

A slope with a lot of bumps - down unweighted turns

Especially on a slope with a lot of bumps, beginners are inhibited from riding their own lines. You usually look where the hills are and try to ride between them somehow. With the down unweighted turn, however, you have the great advantage of being in an extremely stable position and can therefore face any bump.

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During a down unweighted turn, you bend your knees before the turn and stretch out again dynamically after the edge change. On flat terrain, it is probably a matter of preference whether you like this riding style. In rough terrain, however, this riding style only has advantages. Changing the edge in a low position is also an important skill to have for lay-down carves.

Dynamics on the slopes

In everyday life, you will automatically do some down and up unweighted turns. In some situations you will have to stay low and sometimes it is a playful choice based on your own preferences. Remember the track should be your playground.

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Ultimately, the combination of up und down unweighted turns allows you to ride your own lines.

Up unweighted turn as an alternative

If you have not yet looked at how to change the edge in a high position, take a look at the following module. 6.2 Extension turn skidded If you want to learn how to carve instead of skidding, take a look here Carving modules

Next steps

For this module you should already know.
6.1.3 Release pressure4.1 Standard turn skidded
Already checked? Let's continue with.
6.2 Extension turn skidded

Check your skill

Following skills are required to be ready for the next module.

You can change the edge in a low position when doing a frontside turn.
You can change the edge in a low position when doing a backside turn.
You can feel that you have a lot of stability when changing the edge due to the low center of gravity.
The low position allows you to ride dynamically in rough conditions.

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