Tele Tech­nique

SkiTrax - - Contents - By J. Scott Mcgee

by J. Scott Mcgee

When tele'ers “drop a knee,” the trail­ing foot tends to pull the same hip back, and away from “fac­ing the fall line.” The lower your stance, the more your hips will face across the hill. Keep­ing your hips and up­per body trained on a down­hill tar­get lets you turn your feet and skis more quickly – a key skill in steeps, bumps and trees.

J. Scott Mcgee coaches the PSIA Nordic Team (USA) and works as Snow King Moun­tain Sports School's di­rec­tor. A for­mer tele­mark com­peti­tor, he now dreams of per­fect corn on spring back­coun­try skate-ski tours. Mcgee spends his sum­mers guid­ing climbs in the Te­tons for Exum Moun­tain Guides.

Choose a down­hill vis­ual tar­get and keep your eyes and head pointed at it, while aim­ing the pole­hip tri­an­gle at that same tar­get. Vary your stance height as needed to keep your hips point­ing down the hill and to be­come faster from turn to turn.

Try this: Us­ing the holes in your pole bas­kets, lock your pole tips to­gether and hold the grips sta­tion­ary on your hips.

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