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Lesson Lexicon: Down Stem

Lesson Lexicon: Down Stem

A downstem is a delay tactic of sorts. Push the tail of your downhill ski out slightly to create an immediate but brief skid. Use it like a brake check at any time, in any place, when you need an extra second to scout a roll, check your balance or set yourself up for a turn.

 

Need a moment? Control your speed and gather your composure with this easy move.

A down stem is a delay tactic of sorts. Push the tail of your downhill ski out slightly to create an immediate but brief skid. Use it like a brake check at any time, in any place, when you need an extra second to scout a roll, check your balance or set yourself up for a turn.

Shape It Up: Intermediate

Features

Skill Level: Intermediate skier

The Devil's Half-Dozen: KT-22 Squaw Valley, Calif.

Features

In 1946, before there were lifts in Squaw Valley, Sandy Poulsen, wife of the resort?s founder, hiked a steep 8,200-foot peak to the left of where Squaw?s gondola now sits.

Out With the Old, In With the New: Step 7

Instruction

Updating your gear? Then you need to update your technique, too. Learn which traditional practices should be tossed out with your straight skis. Your body will thank you, and you'll take your skiing to the next level in no time.

Thrill Sleds Take Off At Big Mountain

Travel

Big Mountain, MT adds another heart pounding way to cruise down the mountain in the summer and fall months.

Unstumped By The Bumps, Five Steps To Breaking The Mogul Barrier

Instruction

You will never be a complete skier until you can "do" bumps. Moguls show up everywhere, and to fully experience a mountain, you have to venture off groomed runs onto challenging terrain.

Powder Principles: Law 6-Speed Control

Instruction

The sixth law to conquer the powder. The deeper the snow, the more it slows you down. "Push your feet as far as possible into the snow," advises Steve. "Pressuring your skis does a lot to control speed."

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