Terrain and Turn Shape

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 »

Why Skis Turn

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You may find that I constantly harp on the idea of edging the ski to turn when it seems more intuitive to “turn” the skis to turn, but there is good reason for this. Modern skis for groomed slopes have a pronounced hourglass shape compared to skis of a few decades ago. Even backcountry skis … More »

Bend the Inside Leg


Think of applying weight to your working ski by bending the other leg. The secret to getting expert levels of edging is to flex the uphill leg to shift weight and allow room to move the downhill boot into higher edge angles. Part II of this secret is to keep your legs fairly close so … More »

Anatomy of an Expert Turn

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Expert or “performance” turns are not for everyone, but if your goal is to ski like the world’s best (including Silver Star’s Rodger Poole), start with these reference points.   by MARTIN OLSON   A—Keep your uphill shoulder and arm up and forward instead of letting your shoulder drop and fall back. B—Keep the uphill … More »

SlopePro instruction

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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 »

Speed Bumps

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 by Martin Olson in December 2014 issue Moguls have become an endangered species at most resorts, but they can be fun when you find them. One of the shortest roads to a ski instructors’ fistfight is to advocate a particular technique in bumps, so think of this as an option. Events such as the Olympics … More »

Powder Virgins


Rudi and Jeff Gertsch at Purcell Heli-skiing make it easy for first-time heli-skiers to join a group of purebred powderhounds.   JEFF: Remember, there’s a first time for everything. At some point, every experienced heli-skier was a novice, and every season more and more people are trying it for the first time. It’s not an … More »

Four Common Myths of Skiing

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MYTH 1 – GOOD SKIERS USE A WIDE STANCE A common error seen in good skiers who are trying to improve is skiing with feet too far apart. It can be confusing because when you look at the photos here, the feet are fairly far apart even though the stance is narrow. A narrow stance … More »

What’s wrong with rotation?

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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 »

For the Fun of It

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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 »