Placing your skis in a ‘V’ with the tips together and tails apart (forming a snowplough) and maintaining even pressure on both skis is a stable method of controlling the rate of descent on firm snow. Edging becomes more effective with the legs flexed and the hips low. Using this method on deep or crusty snow should be avoided. Snowploughing becomes a lot more difficult and tiring if used constantly when carrying a heavy pack, and traversing with kick turns (see below) may be a better choice.