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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

Want to Race?

NASTAR Ski Racing 101: For All Ages| Photo: Dave Camara
NASTAR Ski Racing 101: For All Ages| Photo: Dave Camara
To tighten those turns and improve that stance, try SKI Magazine’s NASTAR racing.

Square your shoulders. Always look ahead. Drive your body forward. Skiing tips sound effortless on paper, but feel so tricky once you’re on the mountain, clipped in and moving downhill. The key to getting better, as with most sports, is repetition and practice to generate muscle memory. One way many strong skiers get better and hone technical skills is through racing. Luckily, ski racing is about more than attending an expensive ski academy as a grom or traveling every weekend to race with a club.   

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.

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