The Skier's Blog

Rotational ControlPerhaps the most obvious thing that everyone understands about skiing parallel is that both skis need to twist or

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Parallel Skiing – A How To On What The Skis Have To Do.

Controlling speed is probably the single most important competency for new skiers to develop in order to stay safe, have

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Speed Management

Balance in Motion It's one thing to balance while standing still, it's a whole new game to balance 4 limbs independently

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Part 2 of Proprioception: Coordination

Balance leads to proprioception and precise ski techniqueAgility, balance and coordination are considered to be the ABC's of Proprioception. Together they make

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The ABC’s of Proprioception for Skiers Part 1

Skiing has SOOO many benefitsBlizzard or bluebird, skiing makes winter come alive and the thrill of that first snowflake of

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Senior Skiers Still Sending!

Is it possible to rest wrong?There is certainly more than one way to rest right. But there are plenty of

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Right Summer Rest

The ski hill is CLOSED... Now what?No time like the present to reflect on strengths and weaknesses, literally, and how

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“Post” Ski Season Strength + Conditioning

What muscles do you use most when skiing?Bending the knees and pulling the feet back underneath at the top of

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The Extreme Hamstring Curl

Actually, a proper strength program is one of the most effective ways to increase healthy range of motion. Skiing takes specific muscle

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To Stretch or Strengthen?

Snow tends to sluff off steeper slopes and they often become wind scoured, so although there is some loose snow

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Steep vs Deep – Turn Shape

Loading & Deflection Loading of a ski could simply refer to the snow pushing against it. Maximum forces typically build towards

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Loading, Deflection & Angular Momentum to Maximize Ski Performance

Training for skiing should be fun, after all it’s still skiing! But sometimes we can go down a training black

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Get Some Grit – To Reach Your Skiing Goals

When I think about short turns, rhythm is an objective that immediately comes to mind. But linking turns rhythmically isn’t

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Short Turns – Rhythmically Linked

There’s nothing like fresh corduroy first thing in the morning. Not only does the silky consistency feel great to slice

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Shoot for the Moon… And Ski A Round Turn Shape To Get There

Okay, so maybe there’s more than 7 moves in all of skiing if you want to get geeky about it,

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7 Simple Ski Moves For Nearly Every Turn

Everybody loves skiing powder. Okay, everybody loves the idea of skiing powder, but many actually find it a struggle. Here are

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Patience For Powder – Tips & Tactics for Skiing Fresh Snow
Beginner Skiing Progression – Basic Mobility And The First Moves On Snow.

Skiing is a pretty active sport, and with all that exercise you’ll be getting hot and steamy... and so will

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The Foggy Goggles Guide For New Skiers

It’s cold out there on the mountain. Let’s get dressed for your first day of skiing? The main goal is to

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What to Wear Skiing? A Beginners Guide

Objective:Situational Stem Turns can be used as part of a progression for novice skiers to move towards parallel turns, or

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Beginner Skiing Progression – Situational Stem Turns

Objectives:Wide Track parrallel can be a good option for novice skiers to progress from a wedge towards their first parallel

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Beginner Skiing Progression – Wide Track Parallel

Sometimes ski instructors get caught up giving feedback simply because that's what they are expected to do. But to offer

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Simplifying Skill Assessment for Skiing

Without grip, you won't change direction. If your objective is to carve cleans tracks. You'll need to eliminate any sideways slippage

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Get a Grip, Decide When to Slip and Manage Your Turn Shape

Carving clean tracks is an easily measured objective. You can simply look back at the marks left by your skis

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Carving Clean Tracks

Skiing is all about manipulating forces...Gravity, Momentum & The Ground Reaction Force:Gravity is the universal force that pulls two objects

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The Gravity Dance – Physics 101 For Ski Bums

Advancing beyond the intermediate plateau requires the confidence to increase speed and difficulty of terrain. At this point many people

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Intermediate Plus… Short Radius

Now that a skier can turn both ways... it's time to start linking turns together and exploring the mountain. Most

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Beginner Skiing Progression – Linked Wedge Turns

It's often easiest for a skiers first turns on snow to be done one at a time... typically in a

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Beginner Skiing Progression – Isolated Wedge Turns

The ‘Braking Plow’ (AKA. a Snowplow / Wedge / Stem / Pizza / Pie... or any other triangle analogy) is

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Beginner Skiing Progression – Braking Plow

It's your first day on skis! You've figured out how to get your gear on and shuffle around on the

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Beginner Skiing Progression – The Gliding Straight Run

A first time skier often feels like they've just stepped off their space ship onto an alien planet. Ski boots

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Beginner Skiing Progression – Getting Out On Snow & Getting Used To The Gear

Preventing Knee Injuries in Skiing By Lissa Fraser MScPT Registered Physiotherapist, recreational skier and owner of Fresh Tracks Physiotherapy All

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Preventing ACL Injuries in Skiing

Is your training regimen actually making you ski better? Improving your ski technique can be tough without an instructor, but

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Perception vs Reality

Have you ever tried to learn some specific ski technique but was unable to perform it no matter how much

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Hip Flexibility in Skiing

This old Piste to Peak Volume 2 teaser shows some seriously slushy spring bump skiing filmed one May day on

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Slushy Bumps – Various Turn Shapes

This demonstration video may appear to be a shameless promotion for Piste to Peak Volume #3. That's because this is

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Carving – Various Turn Shapes

...unless of course you want something else to happen!Technique isn't about looking pretty or trying to match some technical model

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There’s nothing wrong with your ski technique…

Referred to by many “Medium Parallel” or "Intermediate Parallel" this is a good goal for anyone wishing to cruise a

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Basic Parallel

Everybody would prefer to ski on a beautiful blue bird day... but you just spent 3 hours driving to the

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Skiing in a White Out

I get made fun of a lot in the snow school locker room because I'm constantly tinkering with my ski

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Are your ski boots helping you be a bad ass skier… or a bad skier?

If symptoms indicate, be on the lookout for any of these ski tuning issues that may be a contributing factor.Dull

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Ski Tuning & Maintenance Issues that Affect Your Performance

There's all sorts of marketing magic out there trying to convince you to spend hundreds of dollars on the latest

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Perfect Poles

Variations in ski design affect the ski's performance. If you're unfamiliar, here's the basics...Ski Length: Shorter skis tend to be more

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Ski Design 101
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