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Rip Tricky Snow with Sage Cattabriga-Alosa

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Powder and spring corn are easy to ski, but there are other kinds of snow conspiring against you: Windpack and sun crust can make your skis dart around, while slop and upside-down snow (heavy snow on top of powder) suck your tips down. Adapt your style to match the snow.

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An athletic posture is key to ripping variable snow. Keep your knees bent, hands forward, and stance narrower than shoulder-width. This ultra-stable position keeps you light on your feet and helps you adjust your balance forward and aft, and from leg to leg.

from $79 per room, per night As a recent addition to the Vermont Business Environmental Partnership, the Sugar Lodge is an official “Green Hotel.” …

If you feel your tips start to dive, lean back just a little. As long as you keep your hands out front and your upper body forward, you can lean your weight back a tad – letting your skis resurface – without getting in the backseat.

from $109 per room, per night Situated at the base of Mount Snow Resort, this 14-room inn has been officially designated as a “Green Hotel” by the…

You have to drive those skis to power through mank. If they start to dart out on windpack or sun crust, power them back into place by engaging your downhill ski and carving it. Don’t hesitate. Get on your boards, and ski like you own the snow.