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Pedaling Breakthroughs

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. I am (more)

Steep Technique: Revisiting The DesLauriers Article

Steep Technique: Revisiting The DesLauriers Article

In their 2001 article, The New Pedal Carve Turn, brothers Rob and Eric DesLauriers attempt (more)

Anselme’s Turn

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)

Hips Over Tips?

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 (more)

Steep Skiing: Uphill Ski Strategies Part II

Steep Skiing: Uphill Ski Strategies Part II

The downhill ski works. You do the move, and it's practically universal: hard snow, soft (more)

Steep Skiing: The Unweight

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 (more)

Steep Skiing: The Downhill Ski

Steep Skiing: The Downhill Ski

When things go wrong with steep skiing technique, the space-constrained uphill ski (more)

Steep Technique: Uphill Ski Strategy I

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 (more)

Thoughts on Approach

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 (more)

Sea-Level Acclimatization Strategies

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 (more)

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