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Clinic: Child's Play

Michael Rogan, SKI Magazine's Director of Instruction
Michael Rogan, SKI Magazine's Director of Instruction
There's a lot to be learned from the way kids learn. Most important: Embrace your mistakes, and don't forget to have fun.

Youth is wasted on the young. But that doesn’t mean you can’t still play the part—in a way.

Watch kids ski, for a start. They are extremely instinctive and perceptive. They learn by doing, failing, trying something different, and eventually succeeding. That’s the way they like it. Give a kid the opportunity, tools, and basic instruction to succeed, and they usually do. The struggle of learning isn’t a big deal, because they’re playing in the process.

Get Fit: Suspension Workout

Try this routine to prepare your body for a stellar ski season.

In any sport, the less your body can handle, the less you’re capable of. You’re not going to be able to crush Pali Face all day if your definition of exercise is the walk from your car to the office. We talked to Dr. Mark Pitcher, a chiropractor and physiologist in Vail, as well as a specialist in TRX suspension training, to get a better understanding of pre-season training.

How to Ski Sunshine Village

Test your mettle in this notoriously tough freeride zone—if you dare.

» Location: Sunshine Village, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

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