March 27, 2024

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Use Cases for the Backwards Bicycle AnalogyThe Dolphin: This fore/aft/vertical movement pattern is one way a skier can deal with the virtual bump that is present in virtually turn, and it comes in handy for real bumps too. It often feels similar to pedalling a bicycle backwards, except both feet are on the same pedal.The Release

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February 10, 2024

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The Pole Plant is My Home BaseSome people describe skiing as a series of linked recoveries. Although I try to remained balanced as much as possible through each turn, inevitably things do go awry. Especially in bumps and off-piste terrain where the snow texture is often unpredictable. I find a good pole plant is the

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January 28, 2024

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Skier ProfileSkier Alias: MorganSkier Type: Intermediate + Skiing Goals: I’d like to get better on steep and challenging terrain, and generally improve fundamentals. I get down groomed runs just great and have no issues on mellower off piste runs. But steep off piste terrain can put me in the backseat, which causes issues with turn initiation.Experience: 4

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January 6, 2024

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Rotational ControlPerhaps the most obvious thing that everyone understands about skiing parallel is that both skis need to twist or pivot simultaneously and to the same degree. We call this a steering angle.Edge ControlSecondly both skis need to tip onto a similar edge angle. If both skis are tipped the same amount against the snow

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December 29, 2023

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Use Cases and Skill Development:Made famous by the Mahre brothers, Phil and Steve back in the 80’s,  the White Pass (aka Inside Out Turn) is an obscure favourite amongst ski instructors. It can be used to:Challenge balance, coordination and builds recovery movesAs a tactic for delaying heavy edge engagement and elongating the initiation phase of

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December 19, 2023

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Controlling speed is probably the single most important competency for new skiers to develop in order to stay safe, have fun and build confidence as the slopes get steeper. Many skiers even at the intermediate stage find themselves going faster and faster with each turn down the slopes. Others unintentionally speed up in one part

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August 21, 2023

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Balance in Motion It’s one thing to balance while standing still, it’s a whole new game to balance 4 limbs independently relevant to the “centrifugal” force while attempting to elegantly slide downhill. As discussed in The ABC’s of Proprioception of Skiing Part 1, balance is achieved by controlling the body’s centre of gravity over the base

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July 31, 2023

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Balance leads to proprioception and precise ski techniqueAgility, balance and coordination are considered to be the ABC’s of Proprioception. Together they make up the body’s spacial awareness to the surrounding environment and the ability to react accurately and precisely. However the order to practice them is actually quite important and should be respected as balance first, coordination

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