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Perfect in Powder 2 – Suck, Don’t Blow

Real powder doesn’t have a solid base underfoot, which means that trying to push off or hop is an ineffective waste of energy. Novices try to bounce, while experts bend (or suck up) their legs and relax between turns. Wide skis try to float to the surface, so relaxing the legs will allow them to … More »

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

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 let’s face it, most of us can relate to drinking. But once you’re able to ensure the turning effort is coming from the legs and … More »

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

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 to ensure the turning effort is coming from the legs and not from swinging your arms and upper body around, can you forget about your … More »

Why Skis Turn

You may find that I constantly harp on the idea of edging the ski to turn when it seems more intuitive to “turn” the skis to turn, but there is good reason for this. Modern skis for groomed slopes have a pronounced hourglass shape compared to skis of a few decades ago. Even backcountry skis … More »

Bend the Inside Leg

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 and allow room to move the downhill boot into higher edge angles. Part II of this secret is to keep your legs fairly close so … More »

Anatomy of an Expert Turn

Expert or “performance” turns are not for everyone, but if your goal is to ski like the world’s best (including Silver Star’s Rodger Poole), start with these reference points.   by MARTIN OLSON   A—Keep your uphill shoulder and arm up and forward instead of letting your shoulder drop and fall back. B—Keep the uphill … More »

Speed Bumps

 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 to a ski instructors’ fistfight is to advocate a particular technique in bumps, so think of this as an option. Events such as the Olympics … More »

Four Common Myths of Skiing

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 be confusing because when you look at the photos here, the feet are fairly far apart even though the stance is narrow. A narrow stance … More »

Mobility & Balance

 Skiing the bumps and crud has always been my favourite terrain. I love the inconsistency of it. When you ski this ever-changing canvas, you have to maintain a centred position to get the most out of your skis—no easy task. I focus on my feet or BOS (base of support). The ability to move the … More »

Air in the Bumps

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 in moderate terrain making nice round turns and out of nowhere you find yourself in the speed bumps, here’s what to do. Think of it … More »

ski school

Perfect in Powder 2 – Suck, Don’t Blow

Real powder doesn’t have a solid base underfoot, which means that trying to push off or hop is an ineffective waste of energy. Novices try to bounce, while experts bend (or suck up) their legs and relax between turns. Wide skis try to float to the surface, so relaxing the legs will allow them to … More »

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

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 let’s face it, most of us can relate to drinking. But once you’re able to ensure the turning effort is coming from the legs and … More »

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

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 to ensure the turning effort is coming from the legs and not from swinging your arms and upper body around, can you forget about your … More »

Why Skis Turn

You may find that I constantly harp on the idea of edging the ski to turn when it seems more intuitive to “turn” the skis to turn, but there is good reason for this. Modern skis for groomed slopes have a pronounced hourglass shape compared to skis of a few decades ago. Even backcountry skis … More »

Bend the Inside Leg

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 and allow room to move the downhill boot into higher edge angles. Part II of this secret is to keep your legs fairly close so … More »

Anatomy of an Expert Turn

Expert or “performance” turns are not for everyone, but if your goal is to ski like the world’s best (including Silver Star’s Rodger Poole), start with these reference points.   by MARTIN OLSON   A—Keep your uphill shoulder and arm up and forward instead of letting your shoulder drop and fall back. B—Keep the uphill … More »

Speed Bumps

 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 to a ski instructors’ fistfight is to advocate a particular technique in bumps, so think of this as an option. Events such as the Olympics … More »

Four Common Myths of Skiing

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 be confusing because when you look at the photos here, the feet are fairly far apart even though the stance is narrow. A narrow stance … More »

Mobility & Balance

 Skiing the bumps and crud has always been my favourite terrain. I love the inconsistency of it. When you ski this ever-changing canvas, you have to maintain a centred position to get the most out of your skis—no easy task. I focus on my feet or BOS (base of support). The ability to move the … More »

Air in the Bumps

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 in moderate terrain making nice round turns and out of nowhere you find yourself in the speed bumps, here’s what to do. Think of it … More »

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