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Ice is one of skiing's ultimate tests.

Ice is one of skiing’s ultimate tests.

Focus on your skis' tips.Open your stance, pressyour shins forward, andcoax the front of your edgeto engage first.

Focus on your skis’ tips.Open your stance, pressyour shins forward, andcoax the front of your edgeto engage first.

Turning your tips firstallows you to grip with yourankles and feet. You caneven edge both skis.

Turning your tips firstallows you to grip with yourankles and feet. You caneven edge both skis.

Forces at the bottom ofthe turn will combine tothrow more of your weighttoward your outside ski(the ski that's about tobecome your downhill…

Forces at the bottom ofthe turn will combine tothrow more of your weighttoward your outside ski(the ski that’s about tobecome your downhill ski).That’s natural. But try tostart turns with both tips.With experience, you canplay with the amount ofpressure you apply to eachfoot through the turn.

Your upper body positionshould be the mostnatural one: shoulderslevel, hands where youcan see them, torso facingwhere you're going. Thisstance is…

Your upper body positionshould be the mostnatural one: shoulderslevel, hands where youcan see them, torso facingwhere you’re going. Thisstance is crucial to successon ice.

In shorter turns, think ofyour hips as connected toyour upper body. Theyshould face where yourtorso is pointed—downhill.

In shorter turns, think ofyour hips as connected toyour upper body. Theyshould face where yourtorso is pointed—downhill.

As you complete a turn,your hips, like your upperbody, should face downhill.A disciplined upper bodyamplifies all the goodthings your feet, anklesand…

As you complete a turn,your hips, like your upperbody, should face downhill.A disciplined upper bodyamplifies all the goodthings your feet, anklesand legs are doing.

Pole movements shouldbe deliberate, but not sodramatic that they triggera sudden upward shift thatmakes your edges release.

Pole movements shouldbe deliberate, but not sodramatic that they triggera sudden upward shift thatmakes your edges release.

Enter each turn balanced,confident and committed,with lots of earlyedge. Focus on using bothedges from the very start.

Enter each turn balanced,confident and committed,with lots of earlyedge. Focus on using bothedges from the very start.

Enter each turn balanced,confident and committed,with lots of earlyedge. Focus on using bothedges from the very start.

Enter each turn balanced,confident and committed,with lots of earlyedge. Focus on using bothedges from the very start.

Maintain a relaxedupper-body position. Yourhips can stay slightly counteredto control your skis'tails. Forces will push moreweight onto your…

Maintain a relaxedupper-body position. Yourhips can stay slightly counteredto control your skis’tails. Forces will push moreweight onto your outsideski, but keep some pressureon the inside ski, too.

Keep your feet apart,and let your outside legassume a long, strong position.An extended (but notstiff) leg will stand up tothe forces trying to…

Keep your feet apart,and let your outside legassume a long, strong position.An extended (but notstiff) leg will stand up tothe forces trying to makethat leg collapse or thatski’s edge release.

As you begin a new turn,skip your pole plant. Aimfor a smooth, gradualtransfer of pressure fromone ski to the other as yourupper body crosses…

As you begin a new turn,skip your pole plant. Aimfor a smooth, gradualtransfer of pressure fromone ski to the other as yourupper body crosses overyour skis.