June 15, 2016 Pedaling Breakthroughs Tips & Technique

Pedaling Breakthroughs

It is interesting, looking at video of myself from this past weekend, how similar my technique looks to earlier footage…yet how different it feels to me now (more...)...

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April 4, 2016 Steep Technique: Revisiting The DesLauriers Article Tips & Technique

Steep Technique: Revisiting The DesLauriers Article

In their 2001 article, The New Pedal Carve Turn, brothers Rob and Eric DesLauriers attempt a detailed explanation of the mechanics of the pedal turn (more...)...

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March 8, 2016 Anselme Tips & Technique

Anselme’s Turn

One of my technique goals this year has been to teach myself how to do Anselme Baud’s steep turn (this would be one of the two variants of the original or classic pedal turn (more...)...

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January 23, 2016 Hips Over Tips? Tips & Technique

Hips Over Tips?

Back from a quick gear tuneup trip to MM, which means it’s time once again to resume my never-ending quest to deconstruct steep skiing technique (more...)...

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May 5, 2015 Steep Skiing: Uphill Ski Strategies Part II Tips & Technique

Steep Skiing: Uphill Ski Strategies Part II

The downhill ski works. You do the move, and it’s practically universal: hard snow, soft snow, low angle, high angle, damn the consequences, it works (more...)...

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May 6, 2014 Steep Skiing: The Unweight Tips & Technique

Steep Skiing: The Unweight

Three years I’ve been obsessing about steep technique. Three years of drought. It strikes me now that the irony is, having finally found the steep turn I’ve been looking for all my life, I may never put it to use skiing horrifically steep big lines because (1) we haven’t had any snow, and (2) my (more...)...

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April 8, 2014 Steep Skiing: The Downhill Ski Tips & Technique

Steep Skiing: The Downhill Ski

When things go wrong with steep skiing technique, the space-constrained uphill ski always seems to be the instigator. Who hasn’t felt their uphill ski catch at the worst possible moment? And yet, as I continue to diagnose the weaknesses in my own steep technique, I find myself thinking if the uphill ski is the symptom (more...)...

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March 26, 2014 Steep Technique: Uphill Ski Strategy I Tips & Technique

Steep Technique: Uphill Ski Strategy I

I continue to focus on management of the uphill ski as the key to unlocking the secrets of steep skiing technique. Those of you who follow my site know this has become something of an odyssey for me, starting with my initial belief that steep turns should be initiated from a weighted uphill ski, which (more...)...

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November 15, 2013 Thoughts on Approach Tips & Technique

Thoughts on Approach

Waiting for snow to arrive has me contemplating a similar frustration: not being able to get to the snow even when it is here. Yes, I’m talking about those maddeningly-tough Eastern Sierra approaches. I admit I believe getting yourself and your skis to the snowline in the area between, say, Olancha Peak and the Palisades (more...)...

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October 6, 2013 Sea-Level Acclimatization Strategies Tips & Technique

Sea-Level Acclimatization Strategies

Californians overwhelmingly live at sea level, placing us at a distinct disadvantage when it comes to climbing mountains. The best and safest and most obvious way to acclimatize for high-altitude adventures—for example, climbing mount whitney—is to gradually adjust by spending several weeks living and training at progressively higher elevations (more...)...

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