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.