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How to Ski The Different Models: Freeride

How to Ski The Different Models: Freeride

By Stu Campbell
posted: 02/04/2005

Jump In With Both Feet
Freeride skis are all about touch and versatility. Their ample width is designed to excel in off-piste environments, powder and chopped-up snow.Practice on-piste to experience skiing steep and narrow corridors at speed. Close your stance: Each ski-with its generous girth-has the ability to float on top of snow. Used together, two skis provide a platform that's much wider than the surface of AMC or AME skis. Sideslipping-both forward and backward-is a critical skill. Practice skidding, floating and surfing in soft, unpredictable snow. When in doubt, point your skis straight down the fall line, but be ready to slow down by tightening your turns.

Watch Out For:

  • Short lengths
    A longer length assists with balance and flotation in tricky snow. Short skis can nose dive.
  • Wide waists
    A Freeride's wide platform might not hold well in icy conditions. Don't be afraid to skid a turn if you need to.
  • Tight places
    Freeride skis are not quick carvers: Look ahead and leave a wide margin for error.
  • Inflated ego
    Don't take chances: Watch out for avalanche terrain, and always scope out the landing before you catch air.
    Click the slideshow below for a lesson.

    Sept. 2004

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