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Turning Points: The Long and Short of Skiing Bumps

Turning Points: The Long and Short of Skiing Bumps

Moguls are like snowflakes: No two are the same. Each has its own size and shape, and that’s what makes bump skiing a challenge. The trick is to synchronize your movements with the contours of the bump field. This requires you to make some turns with your legs extended, and some with your legs flexed. And you have to be able to twist your skis at different speeds—sometimes fast, sometimes slow. When your movements match the ups and downs and ins and outs of the terrain, the road gets a lot smoother. Put it all together, and you’ll impress anyone who’s watching.

To get through a maze of moguls, make your legs—and at times even your entire body—both longer and shorter.

Moguls are like snowflakes: No two are the same. Each has its own size and shape, and that’s what makes bump skiing a challenge. The trick is to synchronize your movements with the contours of the bump field. This requires you to make some turns with your legs extended, and some with your legs flexed. And you have to be able to twist your skis at different speeds—sometimes fast, sometimes slow. When your movements match the ups and downs and ins and outs of the terrain, the road gets a lot smoother. Put it all together, and you’ll impress anyone who’s watching.

Home on the Ranch

A stay at Devil’s Thumb Ranch offers a very different ski vacation—along with a chance to unplug.

Après-ski at Devil’s Thumb Ranch isn’t your typical drinks-at-the-bar-soak-in-the-hot-tub-head-out-to-dinner type of experience. Rather, after a long day pounding the moguls at Mary Jane, hunker down for a mean game of Clue, glass of pinot in hand, slippers on your feet. Fold into an overstuffed leather couch in the airy, mountain-rustic loft that overlooks Heck’s Tavern—so named for the hexagonal stone hearth that rises three stories to the ceiling’s pine beams.

Avoiding the Ouch

Avoiding the Ouch

Tips and tricks on how to stay away from injury on the slopes, while still enjoying a few cold ones.

Zermatt, Switzerland

This is the place for you if you like resorts that are scenic, upscale, and infused with history. And you think digging into a three-course lunch isn't a bad way to pass a few hours.

This Swiss shepherds' village turned cosmopolitan mountain resort is home to one of the most recognizable peaks in the Alps: the famed Matterhorn. The towering three-sided spire of jagged rock, crooked at the top like a witch's cap, is such a singular and picturesque peak that all sorts of visitors - skiers and nonskiers, royalty and backpackers, serious alpinists and people who'd rather stock up on souvenirs than break a sweat - come from all corners of the globe to have a look.

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