How to Ski: Use Different Turn Shapes to Find Overlooked Snow - Ski Mag

How to Ski: Use Different Turn Shapes to Find Overlooked Snow

SKI’s Director of Instruction, Mike Rogan, shows you how to make big turns in tight spaces and tight turns in big spaces.
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Instruction: Big Turns Mike Rogan

No matter the snow conditions–crud, powder, bumps, ice–it's important to think about turn shapes to better pick the pockets of the hidden nooks and stashes of the mountain. Here's how.


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