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Shoot a Chute

Attack a chute (safely) and impress your friends with these tips from freeskier Kelly Holland.
posted: 03/19/2008
by Kelly Holland

STEP 1: Scope Your Exit
Be sure you have a clear escape route. Avoid bony slots with rocks and roots that can trip you up and send you into hazards. If the chute comes to a choke at the end – narrow but doable – be sure you have ample run-out to make a clean straightline. The more speed you carry, the more room you'll need to throw on the brakes.

STEP 2: Hop-Turn
If the chute is too tight to carve full turns, opt for the old Scott Schmidt-style hop turn. Push up off the ground and swing your skis around 180 degrees, working your way to the bottom one turn at a time.

STEP 3: Commit
Attack the chute before it attacks you. A strong stance and a charging body position can make all the difference.

STEP 4: Point It
Narrow exit? You'll need to point your skis downhill and straightline. Be sure you spot the run-out again. Prepare to impress your friends. It always looks cooler if you come out the bottom at Mach speed.

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