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Slideshow: Upper Body Technique

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Keep your head up and scan the terrain ahead. Your hands must be ready. Before you enter a turn, your pole should have already swung forward for your…

Keep your head up and scan the terrain ahead. Your hands must be ready. Before you enter a turn, your pole should have already swung forward for your pole plant. Pole plants not only help you time edge changes, they prevent your shoulders from twisting, which would work at odds to what your legs are trying to do.

Let your lower and upper body separate. As your feet pivot your skis into a turn, your torso and hips shouldn't follow. If anything, your outside hip…

Let your lower and upper body separate. As your feet pivot your skis into a turn, your torso and hips shouldn’t follow. If anything, your outside hip should lag behind to keep your ski’s tail under control.

A stable, quiet core (the area around and just above your hips) keeps you focused on turning with your lower body. As your knees drive to the left,…

A stable, quiet core (the area around and just above your hips) keeps you focused on turning with your lower body. As your knees drive to the left, your shoulders shouldn’t tiltthat way too. Instead, they should stay roughly level, creating another angle atyour waist.

To keep your speed down in bumps, you must complete your turns. At the same time, you'll be faced with terrain that's rising and falling constantly.…

To keep your speed down in bumps, you must complete your turns. At the same time, you’ll be faced with terrain that’s rising and falling constantly. While your lower body works, your eyes, hands and trunk must counterbalance what’s happening below. You must be relaxed, yet alert. Here,at the bottom of a slowing turn, the terrain rises. Mike calmly absorbs it. In the meantime, his pole starts to swing forward to be planted on the next mogul crest.