Personalize your skill development to conquer all terrain & conditions…
& have more fun!
The Science Friction Club
A Membership for Ski Technique Geeks
- Use diagnostics to troubleshoot your ski technique, then let us help build your personal development plan.
- Find your unique cues for skill development, then isolate or exaggerate new moves from our drill library.
- Upload video, get feedback from world class ski pros and let us answer all your questions in the community forums.
- Ski the world, and ski it better… with member deals on global ski camps, ski holidays & gear.
Science Friction Features
Experience the new way to improve your skiing. Self directed learning with guidance from CSIA Level 4 certified instructors. We’ll keep you on track with feedback whenever you need it.
Assess skills by observing your skis interaction with the snow
Connect your brain & body with cues for motor skill development
Develop ski technique with drills & training tactics for all levels
Forums to ask questions, receive feedback & discuss strategy
What makes SkierLab different?
SkierLab is student centered. Our system allows you to personalize your skill development journey, based on your unique challenges and goals.
Armed with an understanding of cause and effect, you’ll pay close attention to subtle cues offered by your body, your equipment and your surroundings in order to give yourself effective feedback on performance.
You’ll become your own ski instructor, but when you can’t figure it out on your own, we’re there to guide you.
We Make Complicated Simple
Skiing isn’t rocket science, but it is individual… Let’s build a personal deveploment plan for you.
Bonus: Downloadable Instructional Videos
Access the complete Piste to Peak Ski Performance Series. These classic instructional videos will teach you everything you need to know about ski technique, from the basics all the way up to bumps, off-piste and carving. They’re a $90 value but you can have them for free. Join us for a month, download the whole series and their yours to keep.
What are people saying?
I would like to take this opportunity to let you know how impressed I am with your "Piste to Peak" series. As a lowly CSIA level 1 ski instructor, I suppose you could say I'm a "ski technique geek" and have an impressive collection of books, DVDs etc on the finer points of ski technique. Your videos pretty much blow everything else I've got out of the water. Keep up the good work.
I am currently a full time ski instructor at Sunshine Village and I am training for my CSIA level 4. I was really impressed with the videos! The skiing is fantastic and Tobin is able to take a lot of technical information and present it in a fun and simple way. I would highly recommend these videos to any skier who wants to improve and understand skiing. It is also a great resource for instructors at all levels. Thanks Section 8!
Just wanted to thank you for your great Piste to Peak videos. I've been a recreational skier for quite a long time and your videos combined with a couple of short private lessons have radically improved my skiing this season. Your videos provided me with the theoretical knowledge which made my private lesson time many multiples more effective. I have your videos on my iPad and watch them whenever I feel like short refresher or just to watch you ski.
Can’t join you guys in person this year, but I’d definitely like to try and join in on one of your ski camps next season!
Thanks again for the great videos and virtual lessons! Cheers?
We have just watched the videos. They're absolutely excellent. Your presentation is fantastic and makes it all really simple and understandable. I am unashamedly going to be stealing some of your ideas.
Now it's up and running I'm going to be pushing my friends into signing up.
Adrian & Cath
Just wanted to let you know that I am finding your videos very helpful. Not only do they remind me of the important concepts covered in the sessions I took with you, but also remind me of the terminology used in the CSIA program.
Physics is not my thing so I appreciate your very clear explanations, on snow and off snow. Great analogies! (E.g., soccer goalie stance, running down the stairs . . .) And lots of humour interspersed :) I also like the accompanying music a lot.
I know I'll continue watching these videos repeatedly as I prepare for Level 3. I especially like the troubleshooting video. Those demos of the various and typical problems were really well done. I appreciate seeing that there are many ways to approach those issues. I'll be sure to recommend your videos to my fellow instructors!
Hope that our paths cross again!
One of the best ski videos I have ever seen. It was certainly the best ski "instruction" video. It's serious and theoretical but funny too. I especially think the trouble-shooting section is very helpful for many people.
I would like to thank you for the Piste to Peak videos, which helped me become a much better skier in only 1-2 seasons, after being stuck on the same level for a decade.
If I should name only one thing, that is the most important one, that would be the fore aft balance. I followed your advice and this alone did miracles, as I noticed the skis do what I was intending with nearly no effort. The exercise with the two wood planks on top of each other is a great one and I really used this exercise a lot and recommend to everybody. This simple drill, which I did several for weeks at home before the ski holiday boosted my movement patterns enormously. I could maintain a lot better fore-aft balance in more difficult situations and was able to make smaller and then gradually bigger jumps without getting out of balance. I ski now with a lot less effort than before, and am able to adapt to unforeseen situations much quicker.
We watch a lot your P2P videos with my children, and only by watching the correct movement of skiing we get better. "Try to do as Tobin does” is an often used sentence in my family when speaking about skiing.
If you are at all like me and have more than a casual interest in improving your skiing then do yourself a favor and get access to SkiNerd's Piste to Peak Performance Series Volume 1, 2 and 3.
This has got to be one of the best kept secrets in ski improvement. 3 volumes of vids that spell out the fundamentals of ski technique to get you headed in the right direction (Volume 1), getting off-piste especially those bumpy bits (Volume 2) and then how to carve up the groomers (Volume 3). Throughout there's a wealth of demonstrations, drills for improvement and relevant discussion all covered with good humor and clarity. These are a worthwhile additions to the ski education library of any intermediate or advanced skier aiming to step their skiing to a new level.
Meet the Coaches
Tobin Leopkey is a middle age ski bum who honed his skills on the steep and deep tree lines of Vancouver Island, Canada. He took his first ski instructor certification in 1992 at the age of 16. Now slightly creakier, he’s still passionate about teaching people to slide down snowy hills. Having taught on 5 continents and many mountains along the way, Tobin is a Course Conductor and Level 4 Instructor with the Canadian Ski Instructors Alliance, a former member of the CSIA High Performance Team, the Whistler Blackcomb Demonstration Team, as well as author of ski technique articles for Ski Canada magazine.
Since 2005, Tobin has been owner and head coach of Section 8 Snow Sports, running ski instructor courses, mountain leadership programs and all mountain ski improvement camps around the world.
Helen Campbell works as the Technical Director For the Mount Washington Snow School and helps coordinate Section 8’s Snowsport Leadership Training program.
Helen started skiing at 4 years of age at Whakapapa in New Zealand, began ski racing at 11 and did her first full season teaching at 15. It turns out skiing is addictive! In 2007 she came over to Canada to teach a season at Mount Washington and she’s been stuck here ever since.
Helen is a CSIA Course Conductor and Level 4 certified instructor. She‘s also working on a Masters Degree in Psychology, which comes in pretty handy whilst trying to convince students to do irrational things like sliding really fast down an icy pitch. Secretly, she also teaches snowboarding and is mom to some ridiculously cute twins.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is the Science Friction Club suitable for?
Anyone who wants to ski better. Whether it’s your first time on snow, or you’re an expert looking to level up in challenging terrain or conditions, we can point you in the right direction. Through guided discovery, you’ll determine why your skis don’t always do what you want, and learn strategies to fast track your skill development, whatever stage you’re at.
Can’t I just learn all this stuff from Youtube?
There are plenty of inspirational skiing clips and quick technique tutorials on the internet, but generic ski tips produced for mass consumption are typically incomplete (We know, we’ve uploaded plenty of them ourselves). Drills and exercises won’t do much for your skiing until they’re put in the right context for you as an individual. In fact, practising moves designed for someone else will often make things worse.
We’ve created an interactive diagnostics tool for troubleshooting problem areas, so you can select development tactics tailored specifically to your needs. You’ll develop an understanding of cause and effect and seek cues that let you know when you’ve got it right.
We’ve also got a thriving community where you can get direct feedback from top level ski pros.
Is a membership worth paying for?
Some resorts charge $1,000 per day for a private lesson, potentially with an entry level instructor... and then there’s the tip!
When you join the Science Friction Club, you’ll pay a fraction of that for a whole year of world class coaching. We’re an inclusive community where you can learn at your own pace, and you won’t even have to buy us expensive beer at apres:)
What if I’m an instructor?
Teaching people to teach people skiing is our specialty! We love creating simple learning systems, and the SkierLab community is full of keen instructors on a professional development mission.
Many ski instructors use it while training for their next level of certification. Others use it to troubleshoot tricky students, gain a stronger technical understanding, build a bigger skill development toolbox, have more success with their clients, and earn more private request lessons!
What If I run a ski school?
What a great way to train your staff, keep them inspired and churning out great lessons for your guests! Get in touch and we can discuss a group membership for your snow school.
What if I want to Cancel?
No problem, if you just want to take a break you can pause your membership or cancel anytime from within your SkierLab account. Zero hassle.
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