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Ski Performance

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

How to Ski Snowbird

While the masses pile into Mineral Basin, consider the lesser-traveled steeps and glades of Gad Valley.

» Location: Snowbird, Utah

» Vertical Feet: 3,240

» Acres: 1,100

Clinic: The Fundamentals of Grace

What do all the best skiers have in common? A ready stance, a laserlike focus on the moment at hand, and the downslope vision to cope with any surprises.

Watch any good skier, and one of the first things you’ll notice is his composure. No matter the situation, 
he seems to flow down the mountain without effort or a care in the world. It takes a lot to rattle him, and when the mountain does present him with a sudden challenge, instinct takes over, keeping him well in control of his destiny.

How To Be a SKI Mag Ski Tester

Join SKI Magazine to test next year’s skis this March at Snowbird, Utah.

Ski test fantasy camp from SKI Mag

At The Ski Test

Tip Sheet: Big Couloir

Scare yourself a little on this classic Big Sky descent. Because nothing makes you feel more alive than thinking you might die.

» Location: Big Sky, Mont.

» Need to Know: Sign out at the patrol shack at the top of the tram. Bring avy gear. Know how to use it.

» Vertical Feet: 1,400

Mountain Biking 101: For Skiers

Mountain Biking At Deer Valley Ski Resort
Mountain Biking At Deer Valley Ski Resort
Four tips for skiers who want to get fit in the off-season.

Want to avoid pow-day and hot-lap bonks? Try mountain biking. This off-season activity promises to improve your aerobic fitness and balance—plus hone your focus for choosing lines, tree skiing, and facing fear.

Scott House, communications director and guide for White Pine Touring and Jans Mountain Outfitters in Park City, Utah, gave us countless tips on a recent trip to tackle some of Park City's 400-plus miles of single track. Here are the most important things you should know about mountain biking.

Why Skiers Should Try Mountain Biking

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