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Get Fit with the U.S. Ski Team: Heavy Half Squats

Heavy half squats increase demand on the hip musculature while eliminating the limitations of the muscles acting on the knee in deep ranges of motion. This exercise is a good one for in-season maintenance because it keeps the athletes strong while reducing muscle soreness.

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

Kiley Staples of the U.S. Ski Team demonstrates how front squats keep her core strong.

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Get Fit with the U.S. Ski Team: Drop Jumps

In part two of our six-week training series, Hailey Duke, member of the U.S. Ski Team, demonstrates drop jumps.

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Get Fit with the U.S. Ski Team: Box Clean Pulls

We went to the U.S. Ski Team's Center of Excellence in Park City, Utah, to see how the ladies of the Alpine Team get fit to ski. Here's the first tip of six—stay tuned each week for more!

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The Future of Competition

We asked Troy Flanagan, high-performance director for the U.S. Ski Team, what he thinks is the next big thing as far as athletes are concerned.

Troy Flanagan, high-performance director for the U.S. Ski Team, holds a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering. That’s right, a rocket scientist. Flanagan’s job is to brainstorm new methods and training techniques to make U.S. athletes stronger and faster. Flanagan sees great potential in two emerging fields of research—microtechnology and nanotechnology—to maximize the athletic feats of future Olympians and World Cup competitors.

Real Men Don't Miss a Season

Real Men Don't Miss a Season
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Originally published under a pseudonym in our January issue of 1984, this story has become viral fodder, circled around the internet (often with credit attributed to authors who did not pen the story). Its suggestions are still relevant, and certainly humorous.

Tore up your knee playing hoops this fall?  Are your buddies already razzing you about missing the season?  No problem.

One needn’t actually ski to experience the gestalt of skiing; just simulate the psychic and physical sensations.  Here are 13 ways to duplicate those ski thrills and really pin the fun meter in the red zone:

 

How to Shoot Perfect Powder Shots

How to Shoot Perfect Powder Shots
Shoot a ski photo
Get equipped to capture a frameworthy picture every time.

Here are pro photog Adam Clark's tips on how to take perfect pow shots.

THROW DOWN
If you're committed, shell out for a digital camera with a single lens reflex (SLR). The SLR Canon Rebel with a 70-200mm lens is a perfect place to start.

DO YOUR RECON
Before a storm hits, find steeps that skiers can hit with speed. Look for shots with an uncluttered background, like the sky or dark cliff bands. Don't shoot against snow: You'll lose all definition.

How to Ski a Spine with Seth Morrison

Pro big mountain skier Seth Morrison shares his tips on skiing a spine.

Planning a to-die-for heli-ski trip? Before you go, learn to charge the best feature on those dreamy steeps.

STEP 1: GO HUNTING
Flutes and spines are formed when sloughed-out snow builds up on rocky ridges or where the terrain naturally funnels into a V. They're most common on monster faces in Alaska and BC, but you can find them on any big backcountry peak.

STEP 2: LINE UP

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