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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 Better: Fall 2010

Ski with feet, photo by Gillian Morgan

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 with our feet, but nevertheless, our arms help us balance and the use of our poles aid with rhythm and timing. I generally don ‘t … More »

Style File: Buyers Guide 2010

Air 4, landing, photo by Gillian Morgan

SKIER: Chris Lennon SNOW: Blackcomb PHOTOS: Gillian Morgan Magazine layout as PDF file Air turns When skiing fun little lines in the trees, it ‘s often necessary to catch a little air without interrupting the flow of your turns. In tight trees, you can’t always land in the same direction that you took off from, … More »

ski technique

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 Better: Fall 2010

Ski with feet, photo by Gillian Morgan

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 with our feet, but nevertheless, our arms help us balance and the use of our poles aid with rhythm and timing. I generally don ‘t … More »

Style File: Buyers Guide 2010

Air 4, landing, photo by Gillian Morgan

SKIER: Chris Lennon SNOW: Blackcomb PHOTOS: Gillian Morgan Magazine layout as PDF file Air turns When skiing fun little lines in the trees, it ‘s often necessary to catch a little air without interrupting the flow of your turns. In tight trees, you can’t always land in the same direction that you took off from, … More »

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