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post #31 of 68
learning to ski bumps -

* plant,push,turn; plant, push, turn, plant, push, turn * easy enough to chant as you do.

Thank's Sis.
post #32 of 68
along the lines of bump skiing....

- *really* pressing the back of the bumps as you ski your zipperline.

learned that from skiing with my roommate at the time Bob Aldigheri... who had recently won one of the World Cup Mogul Comps that season
post #33 of 68
Pull back your feet under you. (brings your center of mass forward and keeps your skis from getting out ahead of you and putting you in the backseat.)
post #34 of 68
When you reach a transition from moderate to steep, lead with your chin. It gets your CoM going down the fall line and prevents the inevitable transition to the back seat. Heard while freeskiing with members of the UVM ski team at Stowe many, many moons ago. I use it on my kids and it really helps.
post #35 of 68

instant grip on snow

Yesterday, I couldn't get an edge in the hard snow (there were problems with the skis). A friend said to get low, and stretch my hands waaaaaaaaaay out in front of me, AND PUT THEM TOGETHER TOUCHING. The fists, holding the poles, he told me to put them touching together. This was not exactly a tuck position, but close enough.

It worked! Wow, I got INSTANT grip on hard snow (some call it ice.) So easy.

What a tip!
post #36 of 68
Make 'stay out of the backseat' your number one priority above all other movement considerations. Effective in ALL skiing situations.
post #37 of 68
Ski on skiboards for a couple hours, and you will definately know when you are in the back seat. Especially when landing jumps.
post #38 of 68
Originally Posted by Pete No. Idaho View Post
Like to start a new thread.

What was the One Best Ski Tip you've ever Received and Used.

Only One - the best one and give the circumstances and name of who
gave you the tip.


Do you have a tip that really worked for you - share. Pete
Skiing out of bounds at Hunter, NY with some friends, many years ago, and I was having trouble in the heavy, thigh deep East Coast powder. Natasha, an incredible skier (former US ski team racer), told me to point my skis downhill and start bouncing up and down, then gradually start bouncing to the side. I learned how to ski the heaviest of snow in that 5 minutes, and haven't had any trouble since.
post #39 of 68

thanks Pete

Thanks for remembering me, Pete.
I still remember that moment. As any teacher knows, the learning happens when the student is ready. I might have said the same exact thing to someone else that needed a tip and it would have sounded like nonsense...

Regarding not ever being exposed to Harald Harbs stuff... I'd say you have. All Mountain Ski Pros progressions that I touched on with you are very similiar to PMTS. If you remember one of my other favorite tips that I played with with Ted, "Relax to Release" and "tip before you turn", they fit well under psia but are also closely related to HH's free foot activity.

Anyway, it's great to remember that day. Moments that make a difference is what keeps me teaching, even is on a limited basis.

A breakthrough tip for me,
"find the magic zone", John Hofffman (my SS director and ski guru)
just the idea of his magic zone changed my entire perception skiing as i was training for psia test (i don't remember which).
John's magic zone was when the skis were going down the hill. the float so to speak. when we are almost flying with gravity.
most of us focus toooo much on the finish (fighting against gravity), what we think is safty across the hill (it stems from when we are beginners and the traverses are safe but the going down is darn scary). Maximizing this magic zone and using it different ways is how great skiers stand out. they are in "go" mode, not "stop" mode.

I skied last week with Nick Herrin of the psia demo team for a day and he had another way of discribing this focus. He called it apex to apex and was very good at it. he was off his edges early after the apex and on his edges late, with most the activity in the "apex".

So, "enjoy the magic zone" and "be pole ready" in the steep chutes...

post #40 of 68
Thread Starter 


Thanks for reading this Wade, appreciate that you remember such a small moment in time. Still use the tip all the time and teach it to others.

Some Tips are really good and stay with us for a long time - because they work.
post #41 of 68
Don't listen to experts, follow me ...
post #42 of 68
Originally Posted by Pete No. Idaho View Post
Like to start a new thread.

What was the One Best Ski Tip you've ever Received and Used.

Only One - the best one and give the circumstances and name of who
gave you the tip.

OK, I've got two, both from instructor/trainer "Mike from Golden" at Loveland.

1) New term: Terrain ignore-tion. Don't look down, look ahead. Just ski through it. Crud, hardpack, ice, crud again. Just go.

2) Pinch your inch. Get that c-shape in your body when carving. When at the top of a turn, pinch your side between your ribs and waist. Reach down with your pole, pinch harder, reach farther. It keeps your shoulders over your feet, your skis go on edge naturally, and sets you up for good balance. And great abs as a result..
post #43 of 68
Back when I was 16 years old, I took my fisrt trip out west. It was just 2 days with my father on a business trip of his, at Vail. One of nights I was there, we got about 18" of snow, and being from the mid atlantic and only having skied at ski Liberty, I was clueless about powder. I took a few major rolls on the hill on my first run. On the way back up, on the gondola, this guy sitting in front of me comments about me being covered in snow, and I mention that I have no idea how to ski powder. He said 4 words that clicked like majic: Make your own platform. It was beautifully simple, and I got it instantly. Turned me into an instant powderhound.

For bumps, it was "Hop the tops and drive the tips down the back". It was amazing what that did for my balance and control in the bumps.
post #44 of 68
Not necessarily for technique, but one for not wasting time: It's a mountain, ski it.

I just skied with some friends that I had never been with before and they spent too much time figuring out where they wanted to go, stopping at nearly every split, or pulling out the trail map. Finally I convinced them not to worry so much about which trail to take and just ski. The rest of the day was much more enjoyable.
post #45 of 68
Like a few others, mine was from many years ago ... and it's still the best....

We six Easterners were at Alta during one of those "story book" dumps. We were spending more time falling than skiing, though. In the Sugarloaf line, our "leader" notices a gentleman with a 10th Mountain Division patch on his jacket (who looked like he was the right age, too).

He agreed to show us around Alta with, "I'll show you some sections of the mountain only the locals know." Wa-hoo!

After waiting for us the "n-th" time one of us tumbled, he asked, "Why do you Eastern skiers sit back so much?"

"Because we don't know how to ski powder this deep." (It was mid-thigh, and still falling.)

Our Guide said, "Here's how to ski powder.... Keep your weight evenly balanced on both skis and centered over your arches. Think of your skiis as 'airplane wings' which need to fly through the powder. When you want to turn Right, tip your knees to the Right; and your 'wings' will slice down into the powder. Patiently wait for them to decide when to come back up, and when you get to the top of the snow again, tip your skis Left ... and so-on."

It is the singularly BEST TIP I've ever gotten. It worked immediately. And we learned how truely effortless powder skiing really is.

"So *that's* why Powder Hounds can whoop and holler so much! They are not working nearly as hard as those who don't know what they're doing...!"

I cannot remember his name, but I love that man....

- KK
post #46 of 68
Shoulder-arm-elbow-hand-pole pointer:

If I have my outside elbow and wrist cocked for a pole plant (low elbow), the pole never swung past the fall line, the shoulder pointing down the hill, and my inside hand up and forward so both hands are in my vision, my body is unlocked to allow everything else to work.

they spent too much time figuring out where they wanted to go, stopping at nearly every split, or pulling out the trail map.
Years ago at Jackson, we were at the top of Rendezvous Bowl during a big dump. Some tourists asked the best trail to ski. One of the guys told them, "Strawberry Ridge," and he skied down the bowl into the usual whiteout. Of course there is no Strawberry Ridge at Jackson, and those folks might still be there looking at their map. Apex, a good small area in B.C. has better than usual signs at the top of their runs, and also has trail signs at the bottom of the runs visible as you're skiing along the collector trails. What a great idea for finding the run that looks good from the bottom.

post #47 of 68
Years ago, a clinician told me to tie a rope from my inside pole to my inside hip. As I reach into the new turn, my hip follows. Works for me.
post #48 of 68
Thread Starter 


Some really good information. It is rather amazing how many tips are for the same thing - Center of Mass down the fall line in the direction you want to go.
post #49 of 68
The best tip that I've ever come accross was from John Lawton's MySnowPro.com. Lift the right big toe up and to the right to turn right, and the left big toe up and to the left to go left. Works like a charm! Thanks snowpro!!

post #50 of 68
Its all about moving down the hill...
post #51 of 68
The best tip I ever got was from a former Rocky Mtn examiner who was teaching at Liberty, in PA. He said to keep steering your skis in the old turn well after you move your weight down the hill for the new turn. This gives me lots of time to get me weight across my skis and to get on an early edge in the new turn.
post #52 of 68
My best ski tip ever was definitely the front of my left K2 extreme from 14(?) years ago.

My mother gave it to me. Great tip, seriously. I guess the right one was OK, too.
post #53 of 68
Two weeks on the little island of.... Oh, you meant a piece of teaching advice....

"Keep your hips closer together, and make every other turn to the left!"

post #54 of 68
A mentor of mine from Southern Colorado, Milt Beens, told me to move WITH my skis... not stand against them. Took a lot of skiing, many sessions with Milt (and others), and a ton of failing to grab hold of it. But the journey from bracy to smooth taught me more about skiing than any other 10 things combined.

post #55 of 68
My co-worker got a $100 tip from these 3 kid's mother. After the ski-n-play program ended for the day, he skied 2 more runs with the kids. Not bad for an extra half hour of work. They were good kids, too. I was working ski-n-play that day also.

post #56 of 68
Keep the shiny side up.
post #57 of 68
Notorious Spag!!!!!! Where have you been? Haven't seen you around here in ages!!!!
post #58 of 68
push on your edges to carve and when they push back, you push back harder.

when carving make your turn transition really quick. In order to carry that energy into the next turn,
post #59 of 68
Thread Starter 


Yep, best tip $100 at Homewood 2002, taught a whole family from Chicago during Christmas Vacation. Really fun group.
post #60 of 68
Hey Vail SP. I've been here the whole time. The frequency of my posts had been on the decline, or even non-existent... right up until Highway Star showed up last Fall. Made a few appearances since then! I'll try to do better when the Ski School slows down a bit in March.

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