Lesson Lexicon: Down Stem

Need a moment? Control your speed and gather your composure with this easy move.
Lesson Lexicon: Downstem

A down stem is a delay tactic of sorts. Push the tail of your downhill ski out slightly to create an immediate but brief skid. Use it like a brake check at any time, in any place, when you need an extra second to scout a roll, check your balance or set yourself up for a turn.


NASTC Ski Camp in Portillo

SKI Magazine contributing writer and author of Total Skiing Chris Fellows - a well-known ski instructor and director of the North American Ski Training Center - and his world class coaching staff will be hosting a week-long ski training camp at Portillo, August 12-20.