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Three Tips to Help You Tip Your Skis www.skitrax.com www.pedalmag.acom
Bumps, crud and steep skiing are challenging conditions that require finesse. One of the most challenging movements to master is changing edges. Below, the “ghost” image in front is larger because it’s closer, but everything is actually to scale. Note three observable points: The pole-planting hand moves downhill. The core (approximately where my belly button is) moves straight toward the camera. And the skis change edges.
Now let’s give these three movements names – which are also cues – that you can focus on to make quicker, easier turns in bumps, crud and steeps.
Shift – Like a stick shift, move your hand ahead and downhill after the pole plant.
Project – Move your core ahead and down the hill. These first two facilitate the outcome: Tip – Aim to change edges (on both skis at the same time) early in the turn.
Tipping your skis early benefits you in a number of ways, including overall control, speed management and shaping the turn with less effort. So shift gears and project your core to tip your skis early for easier skiing!
J. Scott Mcgee served on and then coached the PSIA Nordic Team (USA) 2000-2016 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.