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The Gospel According To Ingrid Backstrom

Finding inner peace—and better skiing—through powder turns in La Parva, Chile.

Our editor recently chased winter and one of the world's best skiers 14 hours south of the equator to La Parva, Chile. Five days skiing off-piste with big-mountain sage Ingrid Backstrom is awfully enlightening. Here's what she learned.
(Click here to read her Day 1 dispatch

Clinic: Practice Makes Perfect

It's more than talent that makes Mikaela Shiffrin the best slalom racer in the world.

Much has been written about Mikaela Shiffrin’s “meteoric” rise to the top
 of the World Cup standings, but if you ask her, she might dispute the speed of her success. Despite her youth, Shiffrin’s rise has been a steady progression of struggle, improvement, and constant learning, based on her sheer determination and a solid work ethic.

Consistent with her development, Shiffrin’s skiing is precise, accurate, disciplined, and very much practiced. There’s a lot to be learned from studying photos like this one—much we should try to emulate in our own skiing.

How to Start Your Kids Skiing

Tips For Starting Your Kids Skiing From A Pro Ski School Instructor | Family Wee
Tips For Starting Your Kids Skiing From A Pro Ski School Instructor | Family Week
What to do when it’s time for your tyke to ski.

If you're a parent who's counting down the days ‘til your kid can ski, you might feel some pressure. Of course you want their first days on snow to be awesome. But should you teach them, or send them to ski school?

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