Turning Points: The Skinny on Skiing Chutes

When trails narrow, widen both your perspective and your line of attack.

With the sensation of uninhibited freedom at the core of skiing’s appeal, it’s no surprise that the confining spaces of chutes make us uncomfortable. The irony, however, is that our tunnel vision is usually more confining than the chutes themselves. Intimidated by the rock bands, trees or cliffs that form a chute’s boundaries, we avoid its outer fringes and cling to the “safe” middle, even though the sides often hold the best snow and are better places to change your edges. This month, we show you how—and why—to ski on the edge.

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Turning Points: The Long and Short of Skiing Bumps

Turning Points: The Long and Short of Skiing Bumps

To get through a maze of moguls, make your legs—and at times even your entire body—both longer and shorter.

Pitch Control

Turning Points: Pitch Control

When a slope changes, you and your skis need to change with it. Stay on pitch with these tactics.

Double fall lines: the demise of many a skier

Turning Points: Double Trouble

Double fall lines test whether you can alternate gentle downhill turns with powerful arcs that pull you back up the hill.

Slow Transitions

Turning Points: Flex Benefits

Today’s gear lets you use your legs—not your whole body—to move vertically over your skis and apply pressure to your edges.

Turning Points: Dropping In

Turning Points: Dropping In

Check your hesitation at the edge, and approach cornices like you mean it.

Turning Points: Play Bad Weather Away

Turning Points: Play Bad Weather Away

Use bad weather to your advantage. Find a sheltered spot, and play your way to better skiing.

Clinic: How to stay balanced while turning

Clinic: Where Things Happen Fast

In the belly of the turn, your skis want to head for the barn. To keep up with them in the fall line, unshakable balance is key.

How to Get REady for Ski Season tout

Skiing Technique: The Fundamentals

Now is a great time to focus on the fundamentals and think about the building blocks of ripping technique.