In reality, the most basic glissade is not made on your feet at all, but rather inelegantly on your rump in the same manner as a child slides down a snowbank. This sitting glissade is used on snow that is too soft to allow sliding on your boot soles. A sitting glissade should not be used on harder snow, however, because there is less control compared with a crouching or standing glissade, although the lower position allows for a faster self-arrest.

Much drier and more enjoyable, though still somewhat awkward, is the crouching glissade. Hold the axe across your body in the self-arrest grip and apply weight to the spike to control your speed, You will find that turns are difficult, but note that it is easier to turn to the side on which you are dragging the spike. Obviously, then, if you want to turn right, but the spike is in your left hand, you will need to switch hands first. You must practice doing this quickly so unwanted speed does not build up during the switch. To stop, turn to the side with the spike and apply greater force while simultaneously edging your boots and weighting them equally.

The most controlled glissade of all, and the one with the most potential for fun, is the standing glissade, If you are an expert skier you will take to this technique like a duck to water, but even if you are a newcomer you will be able to link turns and have a good time the first day out. Although the standing glissade is closely related to skiing, it is much easier and more natural since there are no long boards strapped to your feet. As in skiing, however, you will have to bend your knees quite deeply to develop control in turns and to be able to "swallow" bumps and other irregularities in the snow without upsetting your balance. With your back nearly vertical and your knees relaxed and bent, just point your knees in the direction you want to go, edging your boots into the snow at the same time, Keep your upper body quiet—the action should occur from the hips down. Hold the axe in either hand with the pick pointing forward to lessen the chance of

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stabbing yourself in a fail. The usual mistake is leaning back, which will cause your feet to scoot out from under you, depositing you on your backside in a flurry of arms and legs. If you feel your weight more on the balls of your feet than on the heels, you are properly balanced. During standing glissades you will want to feel your weight equally on both feet at all times. This will help to counter the tendency to lean into the slopes white turning, which also causes your feet to skate out from under you.

To come to a stop from a Standing glissade, stopping. Plunge yeur axe standing glissade, exaggerate the inla the snow for additional stopping power bend in your knees, at the same H necessary. time reaching forward with the spike of your axe (reach downhill more than across the slope},- turn your knees and edge your boots to the side holding the axe (but keep your upper body oriented more directly down the slope). Once you have slowed down enough, plunge your axe into the snow with a nearly straight arm and give an extra emphasis to your edge set. On many slopes it is not necessary to ram the axe in to stop, because proper edging with bent knees will eventually bring you to a halt,

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