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While perfection isn’t absolutely necessary with a shot-ski it’s nice to come as close as you can to uniformity. First, pick the number of shots you’d like to have on your ski. Four is a nice round number and a good starting point. If you must have more than four shots on your ski, by all means go for it, but cramping the ski will probably only lead to awkward shot taking and more booze on people’s faces than in their mouths. A good rule of thumb for spacing is approximately 18 to 20 inches apart. Good spacing will allow for a more comfortable forward-facing approach to the ski, which is already a difficult thing to deal with. Make marks that are centered in the ski widthwise and get ready to drill.

Do-it-Yourself Shot-Ski

Everyone should have a shot-ski at their disposal. They're versatile, classy, and always appropriate. And, best of all, easy to make. Follow these simple steps to group-drinking greatness.

“Cleaning” a ski consists of stripping the base of any fluorocarbons or other materials that might harm the ski. To do this, use an iron to apply a generous amount of hydrocarbon wax, and quickly scrape it off before it cools. Once the wax is removed, use a steel, brass, or bronze brush to further clean the bases. 

How To: Summer Tuning

When you pack up your skis at the end of the season, it’s important to retire them properly — they’ll most likely need a little tuning and TLC after a long season of abuse. We asked General Manager Brian Foley at Pierce Skate & Ski in Bloomington, Minnesota, to share some of his summer-prep techniques — here’s what he had to say.

Dan Carr Photography Tips

How to Shoot Ski Photos from a Helicopter

The work of Whistler-based ski photographer Dan Carr has been featured in ski magazines and commercials across the world. He recently returned from a heli-skiing trip to Alaska and spoke to us about what it’s like dangling from a chopper by a harness and how you can get a bird’s eye view without a helicopter.

“The fog appeared from nowhere, rising from below. Seconds before whiteout, I got this picture. Only one frame that day but still one of my favorites.”   —Jesper Molin See more at— http://www.jespermolin.se/Vote for this image as your favorite photo.  

Best Photo of the Year

To make pure alcohol, start with a batch of raw ingredients. Distill it, and you’ll get a more refined batch. This is how we compiled this best-of-the-year photo gallery. We started with thousands of images. Gradually we selected the shots that illustrate skiing and photography in new and different ways, along with an explanation from each photographer. Please enjoy responsibly. Then we asked you, our readers, to vote for your favorite image. Introducing the Readers' Choice award for Best Photo of the Year.