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Visualize Your Line

Visualize Your Line

Travel
By Susan Schnier
posted: 01/03/2006

SKI WITH YOUR MIND AND BODY
On tough lines, intermediate skiers see nothing but obstacles and hazards, but good skiers turn obstacles into opportunities. Change your outlook and you'll read the terrain faster and ski more smoothly.

KEEP SCOUTING AS YOU SKI
See the slope as a series of linked turns from top to bottom. Look where you want to go. If you focus on that gnarly rock, that's where your skis will take you.

PRACTICE LINE SELECTION
Try this drill whenever you're out freeskiing. Stop, look two turns ahead, and search for the naturally appealing line, whether it's between bumps or around rocks or trees. Once you can see that line and stick it smoothly, think about longer distances and, eventually, nonstop runs.

SHADOW A PRO
If you're stumped on how to visualize your turns, follow someone who's better than you. Pay attention to where she's turning. Note the size of the moguls she turns around and where she scrubs speed. Now stand at the top of your line, pick your turns, and see if you can nail every one.

QUICK TIP
Choose an open line you know you can stick and work in obstacles like small to medium airs with steep landings.

DECEMBER 2005

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