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How to Ski: Spines and Ridges

This type of terrain is ready-made to help you sharpen your technique—and have some fun on the hill.

With the terrain falling away on both sides of you, a spine line or ridge is a great way to improve or practice your technique during your ski day. Seek out, don't avoid, spine lines and ridges. Start with more moderate ridges to become comfortable with this type of terrain. SKI Mag Director of Instruction and PSIA team member Michael Rogan, demonstrates how to use this terrain to sharpen your skills—and have more fun on the hill.

How to Ski: Make Traverse Lines Work for You

Let the newbies stick to the traverse lines and cat tracks. Go off the grid to find the good stuff.

SKI Mag Director of Instruction and PSIA team member Michael Rogan demonstrates how to maintain your flow and find new snow by working around cat tracks and traverse lines. 

How to Ski: Use Different Turn Shapes to Find Overlooked Snow

SKI’s Director of Instruction, Mike Rogan, shows you how to make big turns in tight spaces and tight turns in big spaces.

No matter the snow conditions–crud, powder, bumps, ice–it's important to think about turn shapes to better pick the pockets of the hidden nooks and stashes of the mountain. Here's how.

Stuff We Like: Extremely Canadian Backcountry Adventures

Rip resort-accessed backcountry lines while learning the off-piste ropes.

Are you backcountry curious, but don’t know how to take the first steps? Whistler Blackcomb–based Extremely Canadian, instructors of inbounds steep-skiing clinics, brings ski coaching into the backcountry and opens up 25,000 acres of guided terrain with its new Backcountry Adventures clinics.

Ski Fitness DVDs

When getting to a gym isn’t realistic pop in one of these DVDs instead.

Ski Stronger

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