FRESH TRACKS - February 23, 2024

Powder To The People

Reading Time: 3 minutes 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 […]

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Ski Better With a Pack

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Reading Time: 2 minutes 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 […]

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Hands: Save ‘Em For Après

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Reading Time: 2 minutes 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 […]

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One Thing to Remember in Powder

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Reading Time: < 1 minutes 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 […]

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Skill School – Fast Track Your Awesome

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Reading Time: 2 minutes 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, […]

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Let’s Talk About Feelings

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Reading Time: 4 minutes 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 […]

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No Jet Skis, Please

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Reading Time: 3 minutes 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.” […]

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Fit to Ski – part 3

Reading Time: 2 minutes 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. […]

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Perfect in Powder 1 – Use Wide Skis

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Reading Time: < 1 minutes 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 […]

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It’s All About the Feet … or is it? pt. 2

Reading Time: 2 minutes In the steeps by MATT BARNES  * photos: ADAM STEIN  *  snow: Laax, Switzerland The analogy of “holding a tray of drinks downhill” is an easy one to visualize because […]

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It’s All About the Feet .. or is it? pt.1

Reading Time: 2 minutes The analogy of “holding a tray of drinks downhill” is an easy one to visualize because let’s face it, most of us can relate to drinking. But once you’re able […]

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Be Your Own Coach

Reading Time: 2 minutes Being aware of rotation isn’t enough to correct it. Rotation is the result of the skier trying to turn his or her skis. Skis should turn the skier, not the […]

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Bend the Inside Leg

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Reading Time: < 1 minutes 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 […]

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Speed Bumps

Reading Time: 3 minutes  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 […]

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Four Common Myths of Skiing

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Reading Time: 3 minutes 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 […]

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What’s wrong with rotation?

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Reading Time: 2 minutes 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 […]

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Air in the Bumps

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Reading Time: 2 minutes by Peter Smart in the Winter 2014 issue Have you ever suddenly found yourself bouncing around in bumps that aren’t quite big enough to call moguls? The next time you’re […]

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Backcountry 101

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Reading Time: 4 minutes Retired national park warden Ken Schroeder offers some helpful tips for those who have just started to venture off-piste. PHOTOS BY MARTIN OLSON in Fall 2013 issue Carrying skis Sometimes […]

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Lift-Line Joints

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Reading Time: < 1 minutes 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 […]

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Ski Canada Ski School

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Reading Time: < 1 minutes 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, […]

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Ski Better: Travel Guide 2011

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Reading Time: 3 minutes 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 […]

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Ski Better: Fall 2010

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Reading Time: < 1 minutes 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 […]

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Style File

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Reading Time: 2 minutes Everything is A-OK Is parallel leg position and equal edge angle really necessary for modern skis? Maybe not. Something caught my eye as I scanned a series of photos from […]

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