Shift and Project to Tip into Your Next Turn Year-round cov­er­age Sk­i­trax of­fi­cial mag­a­zine of USSA and CCC

Three Tips to Help You Tip Your Skis www.sk­i­trax.com www.ped­al­mag.acom

SkiTrax - - Technique - By J. Scott Mcgee

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.

Try this:

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.

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