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Get Fit with the U.S. Ski Team: Front Squats

Beef up your quads with the U.S. Ski Team.

One of the easiest ways to improve your skiing is to get fit for the ski season. Performance always suffers if you’re fatigued. When you’re strong, you’ll ski better, and longer into the day. Front Squats are a key exercise for the U.S. Ski Team, as it strengthens quads and enhances core strength and stability. Ernie Reimer, USSA’s Strength and Conditioning Coach, and alpine athlete Kiely Staples take you through a step-by-step introduction to Front Squats in the team’s Center for Excellence in Park City, Utah. Front Squats are easy to do in most gyms, or at home with free weights.

How to Ski It: Reggie Crist's INTERACTIVE guide to picking a line

This is how a pro creates and executes a plan of attack.

1. Reconnoiter

Find a vantage point with a wide view of the entire slope you want to ski. Experienced skiers sometimes call this spot "the barbie" (see illustration below) a term that refers to the amount of time you should spend inspecting a line—at least enough to fire up a barbecue. I can see the entire face of Eduardo's from my barbie on the road.

Cross-Training: Cycling Road Rules

Cross-Training: Cycling Road Rules

Competitors of all ages and abilities will be able to race on the original Time Trial course ridden by legendary riders such as Greg LeMond and Bernard Hinault back in the late 1980's. The race is open to both recreational and licensed road cyclists, with winners crowned in age group racing categories. A cash purse will be awarded to this year's top rider and all participants will receive an athlete bag with wicked cool Teva Mountain Games swag. For more info, click here.

Guidelines for skinny tire travel and training before the lifts crank up.

Many skiers trade their boards for a pair of wheels during the long snowless months of summer.  One part transportation and one part sport, biking is a fun way to keep those legs in shape during the off-season. “The Skier’s Responsibility Code” is posted at the bottom of every chair and on the back of every lift ticket, but you won’t find a similar code on the trails and roads this summer, so we spoke to The League of American Bicyclists and Bicycling Magazine to come up with a few helpful guidelines to keep you and your riding partners safe this summer.

PSIA Names Its Top Ski Instructors

PSIA Names Its Top Ski Instructors
2012 PSIA Alpine Demonstration Team
Everything you need to know about skiing, you can learn from these 14 pros.

Every four years, the Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA) hosts what is known among its members as one of the most grueling tryouts on snow. The mission: To identify the very best ski teachers from around the country who can represent the organization, perform outreach, educate and train budding instructors and push the sport of skiing to new levels. Just receiving an invitation to the tryouts is an enormous honor.

Skiing With Diabetes

Sean Busby ski and snowboard camp
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Ski and snowboard camps help kids conquer the disease and the slopes.

A diagnosis of diabetes can be devastating. Managing the disease often requires blood-sugar checks, insulin injections, dietary restrictions and activity limitations, making it especially tough for a kid to be a kid. But it doesn’t have to. Just ask Sean Busby.

The pro snowboarder turned backcountry guide was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 19. Discouraged, he nearly quit snowboarding altogether, but while researching the disease, came across testimonials from other young diabetics. Many had never experienced sports like normal kids.

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