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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 »

Ode to the Ski Master

This is my personal accolade to the late Don Bilodeau (1950-2013). He was my skiing coach. His instruction was delivered in a way I’m sure is unique to me. I was working as a liftee at Lake Louise in the early ’80s. I was assigned to Eagle Chair, a center-pole fixed-grip old double. My great … More »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 school

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 »

Ode to the Ski Master

This is my personal accolade to the late Don Bilodeau (1950-2013). He was my skiing coach. His instruction was delivered in a way I’m sure is unique to me. I was working as a liftee at Lake Louise in the early ’80s. I was assigned to Eagle Chair, a center-pole fixed-grip old double. My great … More »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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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