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Ski Tips

Clinic: The Fundamentals of Grace

What do all the best skiers have in common? A ready stance, a laserlike focus on the moment at hand, and the downslope vision to cope with any surprises.

Watch any good skier, and one of the first things you’ll notice is his composure. No matter the situation, 
he seems to flow down the mountain without effort or a care in the world. It takes a lot to rattle him, and when the mountain does present him with a sudden challenge, instinct takes over, keeping him well in control of his destiny.

Tip Sheet: Big Couloir

Scare yourself a little on this classic Big Sky descent. Because nothing makes you feel more alive than thinking you might die.

» Location: Big Sky, Mont.

» Need to Know: Sign out at the patrol shack at the top of the tram. Bring avy gear. Know how to use it.

» Vertical Feet: 1,400

How to Build a Ski Rack

How to Build a Ski Rack
For our complete manual to building a ski rack, click here. Keep clicking through this slideshow for tips, tools, and more.
Who better than Norm Abram to help us craft a ski rack?

"I used to ski way back, but now I have carpenter's knees," says Norm Abram, master carpenter, native New Englander and a star of television's This Old House for more than 25 years. Abram may have retired from the slopes, but he remembers how awkward it can be to store skis—they're long, they're sharp and their bulky bindings protrude in the wrong places. "We used to lay our skis up across the joists in the ceiling of the garage," he recalls, a good solution only if your garage ceiling happens to have exposed joists.

Ted Ligety's Training Tips

Ted Ligety just claimed his third Audi FIS Alpine World Cup giant slalom title, becoming the first American to do so. Here's his step-by-step pre-season training plan so that you can win like he does.

Week One

Lindsey Vonn Grabs Three World Cup Titles

Lindsey Vonn Grabs Three World Cup Titles
Vonn led a strong American charge. Seven of the U.S. racers finished in the top thirty.
Vonn wins the super-combined, downhill and super-G titles in Tarvisio, Italy, as the U.S. Women go 1-2-4 in Super G.

Lindsey Vonn vaulted up the World Cup standings, capturing the super-combined, downhill, and super-G disciplines in Tarvisio, Italy, last weekend.

In Super-G, Julia Mancuso was second and Laurenne Ross fourth for the U.S. Ski Team's best finish since Jan. 14, 2007.

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