Get Schooled: Athlete Q&As and Insider Tips

Tips for every type of slope situation, plus athlete Q&As, brought to you by Skiing Magazine.
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Magazine's Get Schooled department brings you tips from athletes on everything from surviving a nasty traverse (December 2008 issue) to throwing a Rodeo 540 (September 2008). Plus, we chatted with the athletes about their favorite skiing spots, apres drinks, nachos vs. wings, and more. Click on the Q&A links below to hear what they had to say.

How to Throw a Nose Butter 540 (with athlete John Symms, from the Jan. 2009 issue)

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Get tips from Symms

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Read a Q&A with Symms

How to Ski Cut (with athlete Reggie Crist, from the Jan. 2009 issue)

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Get tips from Crist

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Check out our Q&A with Crist

How to Rip the Lift Line (with athlete Erik Roner, from the Jan. 2009 issue)

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Get tips from Roner

How to Slay a Pillow Line (with athlete Ian McIntosh, from the Dec. 2008 issue)

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Get tips from McIntosh

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Check out our Q&A with McIntosh

How to Survive a Nasty Traverse (with athlete Rachael Burks, from the Dec. 2008 issue)

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Get tips from Burks

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Check out our Q&A with Burks

How to Snap a Magazine Cover Shot (with photographer Lee Cohen, form the Nov. 2008 issue)

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Get tips from Cohen

How to Win a Chinese Downhill (with athlete Cody Townsend, from the Nov. 2008 issue)

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Get tips from Townsend

How to Stomp a Back Flip (with athlete Mike Wilson, from the Nov. 2008 issue)

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Get tips from Wilson

How to Drop Into a Couloir (with guide Eric Henderson, from the Oct. 2008 issue)

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Get tips from Henderson

How to Charge Exposed Terrain (with athlete Erik Roner, from the Sept. 2008 issue)

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Get tips from Roner

How to Throw a Rodeo 540 (with athlete John Symms, from the Sept. 2008 issue)

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Get tips from Symms

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