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A Portion of Torsion – skill school

Over the last few decades changes in ski design such as wider skis and rocker shapes have made skiing powder easier, more fun and accessible to more of us. Now, let’s see what this advanced skier in photos A and B can do to make skiing powder even more fun. You’ll notice in photo A, … More »

Powder To The People

Most of us are never going to ski 45-degree Alaskan faces or nipple-deep powder like we see on Ski Canada covers and movies at après. In the first case, most of us aren’t good or brave enough. And in the second case, those nipple-deep shots are set up and taken on vanishingly rare days that … More »

Topple Like There’s No Tomorrow

A ski is a simple machine: put it on edge, apply a little pressure and it will turn. The tricky part in skiing is transitioning from one edge to the other. Let’s look at one of the many possible ways of doing this. This “topple” of the mass across the skis is achieved by bending … More »

Ski Better With a Pack

When heading into the wilds, make sure you carry first aid along with your snow safety equipment, and know how to use it all. Leave your plans with someone not heading out. The best safety measure you can make in terms of skiing is to drop it down a few gears. If you like to … More »

Hands: Save ‘Em For Après

Instructors are often asked, “Where should my arms be?” Back in the day, ski instructors could make an entire season out of endlessly and minutely adjusting the arms of their students. Those days are thankfully gone. In today’s more enlightened times, it has finally been recognized that the primary purpose of our hands in skiing … More »

One Thing to Remember in Powder

Okay, you’ve put the miles in on the groomers, you’ve tasted them with fresh snow and even forayed into the trees beside the slope once in a while. Every instructional tip in Ski Canada has been read and stored. Now, guess what? You’re ready to join your friends in the great Canadian backcountry. Skiing powder … More »

Fear of Freshies

Powder? Pfft,” I mumbled to myself as my family, practically vibrating with excitement, hopped into a van and sped off to some untracked oasis. On this glorious bluebird day in the Italian Alps, I would be carving up pristine groomers with friends Ginny and Jane and our amiable young guide, Giacomo. Tonale-Ponte’s abundance of well-groomed … 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 »

Hucking Through The Ages

Text and photos BY Nigel Harrison, CSIA III, CSCF II As we limp, groan and stagger defiantly into middle age, it’s tempting to think we should keep both skis firmly in contact with the snow. But this needn’t always be the case. With good judgement and some simple technique, even pot-bellied, balding skiers (and instructors) … More »

Ski Better

A Portion of Torsion – skill school

Over the last few decades changes in ski design such as wider skis and rocker shapes have made skiing powder easier, more fun and accessible to more of us. Now, let’s see what this advanced skier in photos A and B can do to make skiing powder even more fun. You’ll notice in photo A, … More »

Powder To The People

Most of us are never going to ski 45-degree Alaskan faces or nipple-deep powder like we see on Ski Canada covers and movies at après. In the first case, most of us aren’t good or brave enough. And in the second case, those nipple-deep shots are set up and taken on vanishingly rare days that … More »

Topple Like There’s No Tomorrow

A ski is a simple machine: put it on edge, apply a little pressure and it will turn. The tricky part in skiing is transitioning from one edge to the other. Let’s look at one of the many possible ways of doing this. This “topple” of the mass across the skis is achieved by bending … More »

Ski Better With a Pack

When heading into the wilds, make sure you carry first aid along with your snow safety equipment, and know how to use it all. Leave your plans with someone not heading out. The best safety measure you can make in terms of skiing is to drop it down a few gears. If you like to … More »

Hands: Save ‘Em For Après

Instructors are often asked, “Where should my arms be?” Back in the day, ski instructors could make an entire season out of endlessly and minutely adjusting the arms of their students. Those days are thankfully gone. In today’s more enlightened times, it has finally been recognized that the primary purpose of our hands in skiing … More »

One Thing to Remember in Powder

Okay, you’ve put the miles in on the groomers, you’ve tasted them with fresh snow and even forayed into the trees beside the slope once in a while. Every instructional tip in Ski Canada has been read and stored. Now, guess what? You’re ready to join your friends in the great Canadian backcountry. Skiing powder … More »

Fear of Freshies

Powder? Pfft,” I mumbled to myself as my family, practically vibrating with excitement, hopped into a van and sped off to some untracked oasis. On this glorious bluebird day in the Italian Alps, I would be carving up pristine groomers with friends Ginny and Jane and our amiable young guide, Giacomo. Tonale-Ponte’s abundance of well-groomed … 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 »

Hucking Through The Ages

Text and photos BY Nigel Harrison, CSIA III, CSCF II As we limp, groan and stagger defiantly into middle age, it’s tempting to think we should keep both skis firmly in contact with the snow. But this needn’t always be the case. With good judgement and some simple technique, even pot-bellied, balding skiers (and instructors) … More »

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