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)
There's a lot to be learned from the way kids learn. Most important: Embrace your mistakes, and don't forget to have fun.
Youth is wasted on the young. But that doesn’t mean you can’t still play the part—in a way.
Watch kids ski, for a start. They are extremely instinctive and perceptive. They learn by doing, failing, trying something different, and eventually succeeding. That’s the way they like it. Give a kid the opportunity, tools, and basic instruction to succeed, and they usually do. The struggle of learning isn’t a big deal, because they’re playing in the process.
Try this routine to prepare your body for a stellar ski season.
In any sport, the less your body can handle, the less you’re capable of. You’re not going to be able to crush Pali Face all day if your definition of exercise is the walk from your car to the office. We talked to Dr. Mark Pitcher, a chiropractor and physiologist in Vail, as well as a specialist in TRX suspension training, to get a better understanding of pre-season training.
Top kids' instructors share wisdom on making skiing fun for everyone in the family.
13) For lessons, arrive early, preferably the day prior to get rentals if needed, to get tickets in hand and hopefully avoid lines during peak season. It is great to let your children—especially if they are very young (3-6 years)—know where they are going and what will take place throughout the day, to reassure them. — Mary Flinn Ware, Park City Mountain Resort, Utah