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Shape Up for the Season – Fit to ski part 1

We place big demands on our bodies whether we’re ripping it on hardpack and crud or skinning up looking for untouched powder in unfamiliar terrain. Even on leisurely days we still need to be in top condition to prevent injury and ski until last chair. Doing some dryland training ahead of the season can help … More »

No Jet Skis, Please

Do your skis take off like a rocket, faster with each turn? Although controlling speed is the first thing a new skier learns, even the experts sometimes experience “jet skis.” Most skiers understand how turn shape can manage speed and that refined steering skills are key to keeping things under control. While turning your legs … More »

Fit to Ski – part 3

This issue’s pre-season fitness routine will help make you stronger and more agile on-hill, building off our first two workouts in the series by adding more strength-based and agility moves. BY MARCY VERBURG, fitness & nutrition Coach, Snap Fitness Fitness Models: Ali Nullmeyer, Alpine Canada team member Dustin Titus, WSWC Master Coach Developer/Amateur Athlete Photos Wally Stemberger Part … More »

Do You Downstem?

  You’re skiing along and suddenly the tail of your downhill ski slips out. Or perhaps it happens on a micro level at the end of every turn. In the ski teaching world we’ve nicknamed this little annoyance a “downstem” since your skis end up momentarily in a small wedge, or stem. Anytime a lack … More »

Fit to Ski – part 2

Don’t try to ski yourself into shape again this season. Get started on our pre-season fitness series now. Good skiers know that the best way to prevent injury and have more fun on the mountain is to be in shape before their first turns. So let’s help you get started with our series of workouts … More »

Fit To Ski

Don’t try to ski yourself into shape again this season. Get started on our pre-season fitness series now. Good skiers know that the best way to prevent injury and have more fun on the mountain is to be in shape before their first turns. So let’s help you get started with our series of workouts … More »

Perfect in Powder 4 – Don’t Sit Back

In this photo Todd demonstrates well a key trick of the best powder pros—don’t sit back! Notice how his hips are well up over his feet. He could be skiing slalom. You can coach yourself by paying attention to where you feel pressure in the boot. Move your bum and hips forward and avoid heel … More »

Perfect in Powder 3 – Speed Will Set You Free

Have you noticed how fast many of the powder pros ski? It’s not just because they are pros, it’s also because turns are more effortless with speed. Increasing speed is the easiest non-technical way to get the turns flowing. Choose a slope free of obstacles and crank it up. by MARTIN OLSEN in the Winter … More »

Perfect in Powder 2 – Suck, Don’t Blow

Real powder doesn’t have a solid base underfoot, which means that trying to push off or hop is an ineffective waste of energy. Novices try to bounce, while experts bend (or suck up) their legs and relax between turns. Wide skis try to float to the surface, so relaxing the legs will allow them to … More »

Perfect in Powder 1 – Use Wide Skis

It may seem too obvious, but powder snow is where wide skis actually make sense. The float provided by skis that are more than 100mm wide underfoot really do make skiing powder easier and less fatiguing. But don’t let beautiful ski photography fool you—off-piste snow is not always friendly. Wind- or sun-damaged snow and the … More »

Shape Up for the Season – Fit to ski part 1

We place big demands on our bodies whether we’re ripping it on hardpack and crud or skinning up looking for untouched powder in unfamiliar terrain. Even on leisurely days we still need to be in top condition to prevent injury and ski until last chair. Doing some dryland training ahead of the season can help … More »

No Jet Skis, Please

Do your skis take off like a rocket, faster with each turn? Although controlling speed is the first thing a new skier learns, even the experts sometimes experience “jet skis.” Most skiers understand how turn shape can manage speed and that refined steering skills are key to keeping things under control. While turning your legs … More »

Fit to Ski – part 3

This issue’s pre-season fitness routine will help make you stronger and more agile on-hill, building off our first two workouts in the series by adding more strength-based and agility moves. BY MARCY VERBURG, fitness & nutrition Coach, Snap Fitness Fitness Models: Ali Nullmeyer, Alpine Canada team member Dustin Titus, WSWC Master Coach Developer/Amateur Athlete Photos Wally Stemberger Part … More »

Do You Downstem?

  You’re skiing along and suddenly the tail of your downhill ski slips out. Or perhaps it happens on a micro level at the end of every turn. In the ski teaching world we’ve nicknamed this little annoyance a “downstem” since your skis end up momentarily in a small wedge, or stem. Anytime a lack … More »

Fit to Ski – part 2

Don’t try to ski yourself into shape again this season. Get started on our pre-season fitness series now. Good skiers know that the best way to prevent injury and have more fun on the mountain is to be in shape before their first turns. So let’s help you get started with our series of workouts … More »

Fit To Ski

Don’t try to ski yourself into shape again this season. Get started on our pre-season fitness series now. Good skiers know that the best way to prevent injury and have more fun on the mountain is to be in shape before their first turns. So let’s help you get started with our series of workouts … More »

Perfect in Powder 4 – Don’t Sit Back

In this photo Todd demonstrates well a key trick of the best powder pros—don’t sit back! Notice how his hips are well up over his feet. He could be skiing slalom. You can coach yourself by paying attention to where you feel pressure in the boot. Move your bum and hips forward and avoid heel … More »

Perfect in Powder 3 – Speed Will Set You Free

Have you noticed how fast many of the powder pros ski? It’s not just because they are pros, it’s also because turns are more effortless with speed. Increasing speed is the easiest non-technical way to get the turns flowing. Choose a slope free of obstacles and crank it up. by MARTIN OLSEN in the Winter … More »

Perfect in Powder 2 – Suck, Don’t Blow

Real powder doesn’t have a solid base underfoot, which means that trying to push off or hop is an ineffective waste of energy. Novices try to bounce, while experts bend (or suck up) their legs and relax between turns. Wide skis try to float to the surface, so relaxing the legs will allow them to … More »

Perfect in Powder 1 – Use Wide Skis

It may seem too obvious, but powder snow is where wide skis actually make sense. The float provided by skis that are more than 100mm wide underfoot really do make skiing powder easier and less fatiguing. But don’t let beautiful ski photography fool you—off-piste snow is not always friendly. Wind- or sun-damaged snow and the … More »

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