Terrain and Turn Shape

Tip and Photos by John Schwirtlich Often when skiers drop into the deep, they make the same old turn regardless of the terrain steepness or snow conditions. But the pitch of a particular run as well as the conditions (whether it’s deep powder, hardpack or ice) should dictate your turn shape. Here, Mike Wiegele heli-ski guide … More »

Turning in the Deep

Skiing powder is all flow, not fighting with the elements. by Felix Tanguay It’s about going deep, feeling the resistance of the snow against your whole body while flying into the next turn. It’s almost like being weightless, and letting gravity do her magic. Here are a few tips to help get that flow (and … More »

Finding the Perfect Powder

Need help to score that perfect powder line before your friends do? No matter how distracting the lure of skiing fresh powder is, safety must always come first. by Felix Tanguay Make your decision to ski an off-piste area an educated one. When choosing a route up or run down, don’t get all powder-horny or … More »

SlopePro instruction

WINTER 2015 .. Sweden may have brought us IKEA, Volvo and ABBA, but this issue’s Guest Instruction Editors Martin Eriksson and Joakim Agartsson of SlopePro prove there’s still a lot to learn from some of the world’s best skiers. BETTER BALANCE AT HIGH SPEED One of the basics of skiing is good balance, which enables … More »

What’s wrong with rotation?

Rotation is a way for the skier to turn the skis with upper body movements. Here, Anne demonstrates one turn using edge angle and ski shape, and another using upper body twisting. The rotation symptoms of hips too square (90 degrees to skis) and tension in the right arm and shoulder are obvious when compared … More »

Getting through in a pinch

A strong, centred body position allows the skier to apply edge or flatten the ski, depending on comfort level or consequences of the terrain. By Steve Mayer, Extremely Canadian  *  Photos: Coast Mountain Photography  *  December 2013 issue Quite often when people find themselves out of their comfort zone because the terrain is either too … More »

One Foot at a Time

by Chris Lennon from December 2012 issue One of the things skiers have over our snowboard brethren is the ability to work our feet and legs independently simply because our feet aren’t locked onto a single board. This is an advantage when holding an edge on steep terrain (see “Knee the Steeps,” Spring 2012), but … More »

Lift-Line Joints

by Chris Lennon from Spring 2012 issue   Lift lines are notorious for bumps, drops and challenging terrain, as well as providing a resort’s best stage. Here on the ultimate lift line—the Peak 2 Peak—I’ve encountered a decent-size bump that drops sharply on the backside. Though nothing to be overly concerned about, it’s the kind of thing that … More »

For the Fun of It

Ski Better with Chris Lennon from Spring 2012 issue photos: Gillian Morgan  snow: Blackcomb Here’s a great way to bring exuberance and playfulness to your skiing. These three short photo sequences are from a single run last season. None of these tactics were needed, but they were rather fun and made a run through fairly mellow trees … More »

Ski Canada Ski School

from Panorama Mountain Snow School –  video instruction with Jason Simpson episode #6 – Natural Balance episode #1 – balancing on your skis   episode #2 – how to steer, not push, your skis episode #3 – stop grinding your turns episode #4 – make lateral moves episode #5 – balancing on your outside ski