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Mountain Biking 101: For Skiers

Mountain Biking At Deer Valley Ski Resort
Mountain Biking At Deer Valley Ski Resort
Four tips for skiers who want to get fit in the off-season.

Want to avoid pow-day and hot-lap bonks? Try mountain biking. This off-season activity promises to improve your aerobic fitness and balance—plus hone your focus for choosing lines, tree skiing, and facing fear.

Scott House, communications director and guide for White Pine Touring and Jans Mountain Outfitters in Park City, Utah, gave us countless tips on a recent trip to tackle some of Park City's 400-plus miles of single track. Here are the most important things you should know about mountain biking.

Why Skiers Should Try Mountain Biking

Powder Day: What's a "Smear?"

Fat, rockered skis have changed the way we ski powder. Get with the program.

The term “smear” only recently entered the skiing vocabulary, with the advent of super-fat, rockered skis. Smearing is the fundamental technique for new-school powder skiing, but it’s not one everyone understands. It helps to think of the difference between skidding and carving on flat snow.

Rebirth for Burke, VT

In Vermont’s remote, lovely Northeast Kingdom, resort developers have big plans for a quiet little town and its long-slumbering ski area.

“This is it?” That was my first thought upon arriving at Burke as a teenager for a ski race some 25 years ago. That phrase became a refrain as I hiked the slalom course next to the small, broken-down, Poma and sought refuge from the New England cold in the bare-bones Mid-Burke Lodge. Knowing Burke Academy’s reputation for churning out Olympians, I was shocked that so humble an operation had such stature. Of course, like many youngsters, I wasn’t looking very far beyond my own ski tips.

NASTC Summer News

News

Check out what the North American Ski Training Center (NASTC) has to offer.

Perfect Turns: Moguls

Features

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: Steeps

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When skiing on steep, icy slopes, a good, balanced stance is the key to maintaining control-and looking good, even if you're feeling hesitant.

Why We Ski: Moguls

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Moguls transcend skiing. They symbolize the unflagging optimism that runs deep in all of us.

Pump Up Your Skiing

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Want to ski better than ever? Take our preseason fitness challenge, and we guarantee you will.

Out With the Old, In With the New: Part II, Step 1

Instruction

If I could not pressure my boot tongues with my shin bones, I once believed, it was just like letting go of the steering wheel of my car.

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