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Plugging the Leaks

The battle to develop and keep life-long skiers rests on the shoulders of Canadian ski areas. Every year, tens of thousands of Canadians from many backgrounds take a few introductory lessons or join their skiing buddies at a local “feeder hill.” Surveys done for the Canadian Ski Council (CSC) show that less than 18 per … 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 »

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 »

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

Skill School – How to ski powder by NIGEL HARRISON CSIA III, CSCF II 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 … 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 »

Rotational Angulation

In skiing, often our main goal is to link a series of turns to create a sequence. While generally round, these turns can take many shapes, depending on our speed (fast, medium, slow or anywhere in-between) and the slope (steep, moderate or flat). For instance, on a steep slope going at a fast speed you … 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 »

Get a Grip

Understanding angulation and inclination is key to controlling your skidding. One of the main reasons people sign up for a ski lesson is because they have trouble gripping on hard or icy snow. The solution to this anxiety-inducing sideways sliding is to develop effective edging. The majority of skiers intuitively understand that tipping their skis … More »

ski instruction

Plugging the Leaks

The battle to develop and keep life-long skiers rests on the shoulders of Canadian ski areas. Every year, tens of thousands of Canadians from many backgrounds take a few introductory lessons or join their skiing buddies at a local “feeder hill.” Surveys done for the Canadian Ski Council (CSC) show that less than 18 per … 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 »

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 »

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

Skill School – How to ski powder by NIGEL HARRISON CSIA III, CSCF II 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 … 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 »

Rotational Angulation

In skiing, often our main goal is to link a series of turns to create a sequence. While generally round, these turns can take many shapes, depending on our speed (fast, medium, slow or anywhere in-between) and the slope (steep, moderate or flat). For instance, on a steep slope going at a fast speed you … 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 »

Get a Grip

Understanding angulation and inclination is key to controlling your skidding. One of the main reasons people sign up for a ski lesson is because they have trouble gripping on hard or icy snow. The solution to this anxiety-inducing sideways sliding is to develop effective edging. The majority of skiers intuitively understand that tipping their skis … More »

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