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Learn From the Pros

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?

What I Learned: CMH Film School

Fact: You can make a rad ski edit without a fancy camera or mad editing skills.

It makes me wish I had my GoPro on right now, so I won’t miss a word Guy Clarkson says about shooting and editing ski action footage. He’s dropping tips and techniques faster than I can adequately process them, imparting his knowledge readily, efficiently, without reserve or condescension.

PointZero1 Race Camp

Learning to ski like a World Cup champ.

Everybody is staring at me. I can hardly blame them. It’s not often you see a 36-year-old guy standing in the liftline wearing a snow-white speed suit that’s so tight his kidneys are showing. Under the blaring sunshine here at Utah’s Canyons Resort, I’m practically glowing.

Train with the U.S. Ski Team: Heavy Half Squats

Here's a good in-season, low stress exercise to power your turns

Train with the U.S. Ski Team: Drop Jumps

Here’s a simple exercise to increase power in your legs.

Train with the U.S. Ski Team: Romanian Dead Lifts

Protect your knees by strengthening your hammies.

Conditioning for skiing has two benefits. The first is no surprise: The better shape you’re in, the better you’ll ski. But being fit also helps reduce your chance of injury. Here, Ernie Reimer, USSA’s Strength and Conditioning Coach, and U.S. Ski Team athlete Kiley Staples take you through a step-by-step introduction to a workout with our favorite name: Romanian Dead Lifts. This exercise strengthens hamstrings, helping to reduce the chance for knee and ACL injuries.

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.

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