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Ski Better

Get Out of Jail

I’m told that roads in Ontario, and especially Newfoundland, can be dangerous when a moose is involved. In Scotland, I once nearly hit a reindeer. Skiing can be full of surprises, too. At these moments the ubiquitous skiers’ mantra, “Look incredibly cool,” suddenly disappears from our list of priorities and is replaced by “Try not … More »

Just Watch Me – Apple Fitness

Apple Fitness +

Get fit for ski season with the Apple Fitness+ program. Okay, I’m game. Ted Ligety and Apple have convinced me to shape up before ski season. Or at least stand up. After a pandemic’s worth of couch-sitting, a lot of us want to be ready for the slopes as the season starts. I’ve realized that … More »

Skill School – The Eyes Have It

I think we can all agree: Staying on one’s feet is the fundamental goal in skiing. Now, isn’t it nice when we all agree about things? The feat of remaining upright while sliding down a snowy hillside depends on refined use of our sense of balance. Our balance system monitors our position while the brain … More »

What’s Your Angle?

what's your angle?

Without “angulation,” all ski instructors have to our credit is pretty skiing, honed buttocks and livers that look like old leather saddlebags. Webster’s may have added it to the dusty corners of its dictionary in 1869, but it’s the lowly ski instructor who can take credit for keeping the term alive. So even if you’re … More »

8 Moves to Make You Stronger

Fit To Ski .. Part 3 Our third workout in the series continues to build on the skills needed for skiing while increasing the difficulty of the moves. More core training and muscular endurance is included in this progression. Try to do these exercises as a circuit, moving from exercise 1 through 8. Beginners should … More »

Carve Like It’s the Sunday Roast

We ask skiers at our ski camps about their goals for the week. Many tell us they want to “ski like an expert,” but they don’t have a specific goal in mind. We like to come up with something definable. After all, expert skiers make changes to their moves and tactics as they move around … More »

Skill School – Fast Track Your Awesome

Where’s the Middle of My Skis? Now that the ski season is underway, you need to return to last season’s level of performance as quickly as possible. Like any sport, skill can deteriorate with downtime, however a little early season tune-up will help us pick up where we left off. In the case of skiing, … More »

Fit to Ski – part 1

BY MARCY VERBURG  Photos Wally Stemberger   Many of us do little or no dryland training in the off-season, which can result in muscle soreness, fatigue and injury, or just make our first few days on-slope unpleasant. But this can be remedied. Skiing isn’t like any other sport; you need to train for it specifically. … More »

Let’s Talk About Feelings

Becoming a great skier is about learning from experience, considering past performance, thinking about what went right but, equally important, what went wrong. Most skiers base their attempts at analysis in outcomes. It’s easy to point to results such as “Holy smokes, I slayed those bumps,” or perhaps more often, “Oh man, I just couldn’t … More »

Adapt – or faceplant

Let’s be honest. We all faceplant from time to time. While it’s tempting to blame the snow, the root cause is really our failure to anticipate changes in the snow and therefore change our approach. by Nigel HARISON CSIA III, CSCF II  *  photos: SECTION 8 SNOWSPORTS  *  snow: Villarica and Llaima volcanoes, Chile Any given … More »

Ski Better

Get Out of Jail

I’m told that roads in Ontario, and especially Newfoundland, can be dangerous when a moose is involved. In Scotland, I once nearly hit a reindeer. Skiing can be full of surprises, too. At these moments the ubiquitous skiers’ mantra, “Look incredibly cool,” suddenly disappears from our list of priorities and is replaced by “Try not … More »

Just Watch Me – Apple Fitness

Apple Fitness +

Get fit for ski season with the Apple Fitness+ program. Okay, I’m game. Ted Ligety and Apple have convinced me to shape up before ski season. Or at least stand up. After a pandemic’s worth of couch-sitting, a lot of us want to be ready for the slopes as the season starts. I’ve realized that … More »

Skill School – The Eyes Have It

I think we can all agree: Staying on one’s feet is the fundamental goal in skiing. Now, isn’t it nice when we all agree about things? The feat of remaining upright while sliding down a snowy hillside depends on refined use of our sense of balance. Our balance system monitors our position while the brain … More »

What’s Your Angle?

what's your angle?

Without “angulation,” all ski instructors have to our credit is pretty skiing, honed buttocks and livers that look like old leather saddlebags. Webster’s may have added it to the dusty corners of its dictionary in 1869, but it’s the lowly ski instructor who can take credit for keeping the term alive. So even if you’re … More »

8 Moves to Make You Stronger

Fit To Ski .. Part 3 Our third workout in the series continues to build on the skills needed for skiing while increasing the difficulty of the moves. More core training and muscular endurance is included in this progression. Try to do these exercises as a circuit, moving from exercise 1 through 8. Beginners should … More »

Carve Like It’s the Sunday Roast

We ask skiers at our ski camps about their goals for the week. Many tell us they want to “ski like an expert,” but they don’t have a specific goal in mind. We like to come up with something definable. After all, expert skiers make changes to their moves and tactics as they move around … More »

Skill School – Fast Track Your Awesome

Where’s the Middle of My Skis? Now that the ski season is underway, you need to return to last season’s level of performance as quickly as possible. Like any sport, skill can deteriorate with downtime, however a little early season tune-up will help us pick up where we left off. In the case of skiing, … More »

Fit to Ski – part 1

BY MARCY VERBURG  Photos Wally Stemberger   Many of us do little or no dryland training in the off-season, which can result in muscle soreness, fatigue and injury, or just make our first few days on-slope unpleasant. But this can be remedied. Skiing isn’t like any other sport; you need to train for it specifically. … More »

Let’s Talk About Feelings

Becoming a great skier is about learning from experience, considering past performance, thinking about what went right but, equally important, what went wrong. Most skiers base their attempts at analysis in outcomes. It’s easy to point to results such as “Holy smokes, I slayed those bumps,” or perhaps more often, “Oh man, I just couldn’t … More »

Adapt – or faceplant

Let’s be honest. We all faceplant from time to time. While it’s tempting to blame the snow, the root cause is really our failure to anticipate changes in the snow and therefore change our approach. by Nigel HARISON CSIA III, CSCF II  *  photos: SECTION 8 SNOWSPORTS  *  snow: Villarica and Llaima volcanoes, Chile Any given … More »

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1 year (4 issues) for $20 + tax! Outside Canada is additional for postage.