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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

Ski Better: Travel Guide 2011

Back to Basics Snow: Blackcomb Photos by Gillian Morgan Remember all those boring side-slipping exercises you did as a kid in ski lessons when all you really wanted to do was play in the trees and hit jumps? Maybe you should consider putting them together. I’m not suggesting you spend your onhill time practicing side-slips, … More »

Ski Better: Fall 2010

Ski with feet, photo by Gillian Morgan

SKIER:Chris Lennon SNOW:Blackcomb PHOTOS:Gillian Morgan Strong Arm of the Pow Far too often I’ve heard the suggestion that we should “ski with our hands.” I’m pretty certain we ski predominantly with our feet, but nevertheless, our arms help us balance and the use of our poles aid with rhythm and timing. I generally don ‘t … More »

Style File: Travel Guide 2009

Reach for the next turn Good skiers show a wide range of movement, but without coaching those movements can be misinterpreted. A good example is the situation pictured, where the skier is coming onto a flatter section at high speed. The body bends in the transition, but the extension of the legs is a reaching … 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

Ski Better: Travel Guide 2011

Back to Basics Snow: Blackcomb Photos by Gillian Morgan Remember all those boring side-slipping exercises you did as a kid in ski lessons when all you really wanted to do was play in the trees and hit jumps? Maybe you should consider putting them together. I’m not suggesting you spend your onhill time practicing side-slips, … More »

Ski Better: Fall 2010

Ski with feet, photo by Gillian Morgan

SKIER:Chris Lennon SNOW:Blackcomb PHOTOS:Gillian Morgan Strong Arm of the Pow Far too often I’ve heard the suggestion that we should “ski with our hands.” I’m pretty certain we ski predominantly with our feet, but nevertheless, our arms help us balance and the use of our poles aid with rhythm and timing. I generally don ‘t … More »

Style File: Travel Guide 2009

Reach for the next turn Good skiers show a wide range of movement, but without coaching those movements can be misinterpreted. A good example is the situation pictured, where the skier is coming onto a flatter section at high speed. The body bends in the transition, but the extension of the legs is a reaching … More »

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