The Skier's Blog

Skill Development: Develop edge control from the snow up Practice staying connected to the outside ski Develop timing of various

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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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Skill Development:Telemark Turns are useful to experiment with foot placement and correct fore/aft issues resulting in downsteming, oversteering or under-gripping.Corrects

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Skill Development:Pants Pullers are such a versatile drill with variations suitable for everyone from first timers on snow to experts

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Intention: Grip is essential for steering... and 'angulation' is the key move to control edging and lateral balance. Angulation is simply

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Intention: A classic visual for intermediate skiers, the clock face concept is great for those who have trouble managing speed and

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

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A Classic Cue:  Frequently used by instructors to help students understand the sensation of loading the skis towards the end

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Skill Development: Strength and Conditioning - Core stability, agility, power, balance and quick feet! Lateral balance and stacking against the

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Skill Development: Trains rotational moves to lead with the legs (femur rotation) Develops cues for upper and lower body separation

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Skill Development Foot placement & fore/aft balance  Lateral balance to the outside ski to the outside ski. Strong outside leg

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Skill Development: Very versatile drill that can be adapted to address nearly any symptom Promotes a round turn shape Lateral

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Skill Development: Primarily used to develop angulation and edge control Lateral balance Mobility in hips and other joints How to

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Skill Development: Emphasis on steering and edge control How to Perform:  Use a 'snowplow' (a.k.a. wedge or pizza) to establish

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Skill Development: Develops fore/aft balance Developes mobility in the joints Helps to find cues for balance point under foot Uncouples

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Skill Development: Can be used to develops lateral balance and edging Can be used to develop fore/aft balance  Emphasises a

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Skill Development:Develops pole plant timing and anticipationDevelops tactics for terrain adaptation... great progression towards bumpsHelps with edge change and turn

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Skill Development:Helps to understand the concept of toppling and allowing the mass to follow it's momentum through the turn transitionCommitment

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Skill Development: Mobility in all joints. Play with fore/aft balance and vertical moves. Good generic mobility drill that can be

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Skill Development: Fore/aft balance Exaggerates a move to push the feet forward (or the centre of mass backwards) towards the

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Skill Development:Decision training for Timing & CoordinationLearn line, tactics and decision making for different situationsConsolidation or refinement of specific maneuversCan

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Skill Development:Timing & Coordination... increasing tempoGreat warm up or progression towards short turnsAdjust steering blend... amount of pivoting vs edging

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Skill Development:Isolates pole plant to easily pattern move into your subconscious.A great way to pattern the pole swing on shallow

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Skill Development:Challenge balance in all planesChallenge timing & coordinationDevelops strength & conditioningGreat for toppling and committing to transitions How to Perform: Take

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Skill Development: Challenge timing and coordination Develops mobility in all joints How to Perform:  Texas Two Step is kind of

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Skill Development:Great for timing and coordinationDevelops mobility in the jointsDevelops steering skills (leading with the lower body)Develops pressure controlFore/aft balanceEdge

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Skill Development: Pressure Control Range of motion in all Joints Play with different timing of flexion extension Exagerate a retraction

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The Move: Turning the femur in the hip socket is the primary move to create a steering angle and lead

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The Move:Maintaining a relatively level pelvis and upright torso... to help maintain balance towards the outside ski while tipping the

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The Move:Keep the outside relatively leg long and strong with your bones stacked and the big muscles activated in order

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The Move:As the inside leg continues to bend and tip the skis on edge... counter balance with the upper body

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The Move: Turning the femur in the hip socket is the primary move to lead the turning effort... combine this

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Balance through the middle of the outside ski...The Move:Inclination: Bend the inside leg to allow the 'Center of Mass' to

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The Move:To transition from one set of edges to the other, joints of the outside (downhill) leg will typically bend,

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The Move: Turning the femur in the hip socket is the primary move to create a steering angle and lead

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Skill Development: Mobility in all joints Pressure control Isolating vertical movements from fore/aft movements Can also be used for angulation

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Skill Development: Foot rolling and leg rotation movements for edge control Trains moves without the need for lateral balance How

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Skill Development: Develops edge control Develops upper and lower body seperation  How to Perform:  Find a slight a flat slope

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Skill Development: Stabilizes the upper body Helps develop cues for leading the turning effort with the legs Can assist moving

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Skill Development:Lead the turning effort with the lower body and develop seperationBalance against the outside skiGives skier immediate feedback when

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Skill Development:Develop cues for turning the femur in the hip socketExagerate or isolate upper and lower body seperationGood progression towards

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Skiing is all about manipulating forces... Gravity: Gravity is the universal force that pulls two objects together. Here on this

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Skill Development:Lateral balance and edge controlLeading the turning effort with the legs and feetFore/aft balancePole plant timingEasy for instructor to

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Skill Development:Fine tune edge controlEdge change and turn transitionsDevelop rotational moves with the lower body to create steering anglesFoot and

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Skill Development:Develops mobility in the jointsDevelps pressure control for terrain features such as bumpsHelps to isolates vertical moves from fore/aft

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Skill Development:Develops mobility in the jointsDevelps pressure control for terrain features such as bumpsHelps to isolates vertical moves from fore/aft

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Skill Development:Develops lateral balanceImproves edging skills. Can help maintain upper and lower body separationIncreases awareness of a particular ski's turn radius How

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Skill Development: Develops decision making Skill blending Timing and coordination for specfic objectives How to Perform:  Set up cooridors of

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Skill Development:Develops fore/aft balance and recoveryActivates ankles, knees and hipsDevelopes an understanding of cause and effect with regards to fore/aft

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Skill Development:Develops lateral balanceImproves edging skills. Developes foot rolling moveHow to Perform: Through a large radius turn, repeatedly step off edge of

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Skill Development:Develops pole plant timing and anticipationHelps with edge change and turn transitionDevelops steering and turn shape for speed managementCan

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Skill Development:Develops carving skills using the ski design (self steering effect of the sidecut)Develops lateral balanceImproves edging skills including the

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Skill Development:Develops lateral balanceImproves edging skills. Developes ability to lead turning effort with the legs Promotes upper and lower body separationHow to

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Skill Development:Promotes equal edge angles on both inside and outside skiDevelops lateral balanceImproves edging skills. Can be used to help maintain

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Skill Development:Develop cues for running a ski through a clean trackDevelop edging skills Increases awareness of a particular ski's turn radiusAllows

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Skill Development: Develops lateral and rotary moves with the foot and leg Improves edging skills  Develops edge change  Develops understanding

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Skill Development:Challenges lateral balanceFine tune edging skills. Develops quick feetDevelops edge change, toppling and transition movesHow to Perform: Carve clean tracks in

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Skill Development:Develops lateral balanceImproves edging skillsCan assist with rotational balance (in the case of too much separation) Increases awareness of a

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Skill Development:Improves hip angulation and edging skills. Develops lateral balanceMaximize the skis self steering effect How to Perform: Ditch your poles! Hold your

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Skill Development:Develops lateral balanceImproves edging skills. Increases awareness of a particular ski's turn radius How to Perform: Find a quiet wide open run

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Skill Development: Develops lateral balance Improves edging skills.  Increases awareness of a particular ski's turn radius  How to Perform:  Find

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

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

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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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Preventing Knee Injuries in SkiingBy Lissa Fraser MScPT Registered Physiotherapist, recreational skier and owner of Fresh Tracks PhysiotherapyAll sports and

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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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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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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