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How to Ski Snowbird

While the masses pile into Mineral Basin, consider the lesser-traveled steeps and glades of Gad Valley.

» Location: Snowbird, Utah

» Vertical Feet: 3,240

» Acres: 1,100

Clinic: The Fundamentals of Grace

What do all the best skiers have in common? A ready stance, a laserlike focus on the moment at hand, and the downslope vision to cope with any surprises.

Watch any good skier, and one of the first things you’ll notice is his composure. No matter the situation, 
he seems to flow down the mountain without effort or a care in the world. It takes a lot to rattle him, and when the mountain does present him with a sudden challenge, instinct takes over, keeping him well in control of his destiny.

Tip Sheet: Big Couloir

Scare yourself a little on this classic Big Sky descent. Because nothing makes you feel more alive than thinking you might die.

» Location: Big Sky, Mont.

» Need to Know: Sign out at the patrol shack at the top of the tram. Bring avy gear. Know how to use it.

» Vertical Feet: 1,400

A New Way to Learn How to Ski?

Learn to ski at Jiminy Peak
Terrain Based Instruction
Terrain-based instruction recruits the slope itself as a teacher.

There never has been a truly easy way to learn how to ski—there just are too many moving parts, both gear and human. And that’s part of the sweet satisfaction of becoming an expert rider: It takes a bunch of time and hard work. But there’s an innovative new terrain-focused instruction method catching on at resorts nationwide that strives to shorten the skiing learning curve.

Down Jacket 101

Your puffy keeps you warm, dry, and looking fantastic all winter long. Return the favor and give it some hard-earned TLC.

They get dirty, spilled on, bled on, ripped, stinky, crushed and sat on, so it’s no surprise that down puffies are a classic favorite.

That’s why SKI caught up with a handful of experts to find out how to make sure your puffy keeps giving.

Øyvind Vedvik: outdoor category manager, Helly Hansen

Erin Menor: senior quality engineer, Eddie Bauer

Rick Griffin: quality director, The North Face

Secrets From a Ski Team Tech

Secrets From a Ski Team Tech
Ski Tech-main
Fischer's ski tuning guru Leo Mussi dishes on the secrets of fast skis.

Leo Mussi knows ski tech. The 45-year-old is Fischer Sports’ go-to tuner for its alpine ski team. Based in San Candido, Italy, he took some time leading up to the Olympics to chat about what makes skis fast.

Pro skiers get all the fame, but it's often the techs that can make or break a race for the pros. What goes into making sure skis are always ready?

What I Learned: Woodward at Copper

Good news for trying to keep up (survive?) with your kids on the slopes. Yeah, you really can teach an old dog new tricks.

“I’m not so sure about this.” That’s the thought playing in my head as I step up to the thick blue mats inside Woodward at Copper’s vaulted space, known as the Barn. Am I nervous about flying down a 41-degree slope of synthetic snow into a seven-foot-deep pit filled with blue foam blocks? Well, yes. Am I nervous about sliding down said slope in front of a dozen 10- to 16-year-old park rats? Totally. 

What I Learned: Women's Freeride Ski Camp

Self-doubt can be paralyzing—or it can be empowering.

In my experience, chutes always look their steepest, narrowest, and scariest from above. So I’m caught off guard by the paralyzing fear that grips me when I’m standing nearly a quarter-mile away from La Parva’s La Chiminea. The tributary cut from the Andean rock walls looks ominous. Catch an edge in there and you’re toast. Are those tears pooling in the foam liner of my goggles? What is wrong with me?

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