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^the truth. staggered skis makes all the difference. Also when starting, drop the poles by the lift and do a couple of runs without the push sticks. You obviously don't pole plant when carving switch, so they only get in your way.
Begin on moderate slope and if you get scared, revert out. also not good on a crowded run. You'll get it and its an amazing feeling, almost like learning to carve all over again for me!