1. STAY CALM
Skiing around obstacles like this rock requires composure. Focus on where you want to go, not on what you don’t want to hit. Be prepared for the speed you’ll gain when your skis enter the fall line.
2. DON’T BITE
By inclining your entire body rather than just your feet and ankles, your edges won’t bite too hard, and you’ll be able to skid around the rock.
3. BEAT A PATH
Once you’re past the obstacle, angulate your body, engage your edges to brake, and trust your skis’ sidecut to help you finish your turn. You’re past one obstacle; focus on the next.
Date: 8:30 a.m., March 23,2012
Location: Squaw Valley, Calif.
Run: Unnamed zone between Saddle Face and Bullet, photographed from Mountain Run
Weather: Partly cloudy, 22°F, no wind
Snow: Frozen wind-scour