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Slideshow: Zipper Line Variations

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To adjust your line, you can cut around a bump on the inside of the trough. This will speed you up, so be ready to pivot and release your edges.

To adjust your line, you can cut around a bump on the inside of the trough. This will speed you up, so be ready to pivot and release your edges.

Drift by skidding into the trough, then feather back onto your edge to slow down on the outside of the trough below—against the uphill side of the…

Drift by skidding into the trough, then feather back onto your edge to slow down on the outside of the trough below—against the uphill side of the next bump. Try not to slam into the trough.

Mike has adjusted here to take advantage of a small upslope. In an instant his tips and tails will both be off the ground and he can flex, extend,…

Mike has adjusted here to take advantage of a small upslope. In an instant his tips and tails will both be off the ground and he can flex, extend, pivot and drift to slow down—again on the outside of the trough.

Now, having checked his speed, Mike heads back into the middle of the trough and can flow for a while within it—until he needs to find ways to bleed…

Now, having checked his speed, Mike heads back into the middle of the trough and can flow for a while within it—until he needs to find ways to bleed off some speed again. Master these tactics (based on sound all-around technique), and you’ll be ready to develop your own mogul-skiing style.