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Michael Rogan

Early Season Skiing

Michael Rogan tells you how to make the most of early season conditions.

When resorts are open, but all the runs aren’t, use the early-season conditions to your favor, says Michael Rogan, Ski Magazine's director of instruction. Rather than complain about shoddy snow coverage while you scratch the itch to ski, heed his advice:

Clinic: Where Things Happen Fast

In the belly of the turn, your skis want to head for the barn. To keep up with them in the fall line, unshakable balance is key.

News flash: When your skis point straight down the 
fall line...they accelerate. It’s a part of any turn that is especially critical to understand.

Instructors and coaches often say, “Keep up with your skis.” They rarely
 tell you what that actually means. It means taking care that your skis are not jetting out from underneath you and leaving your body behind in the backseat. It means maintaining a basic athletic stance throughout the entire turn.

Perfect Turns: Moguls


In order to ski bumps well, you have to be able to make good short turns. Since bumps come in a variety of shapes, your short turns have to have a variety of shapes, too.

Perfect Turns On Any Terrain: Top 100 Instructors-Far West


SKI selects the top instructors in the Far West.

How to Ski the Different Models


Choosing the right ski takes work. Getting the most out of it doesn't have to. Learn how best to ski the best new skis.

Wipe Out: Damage Control


Even the experts crash. Here are their tips on how to avoid falling—and how to steer clear of injury when the inevitable occurs.

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