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Alpine Advice from the Pro: Be a “Cruddy” Skier

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By Ron Kubicki, PSIA/AASI Certified Level III Alpine/Children’s Specialist II I think everyone who has skied for any length of time in the East knows you can expect any and all conditions on the slopes. Conditions can go from “bullet-proof” porcelain to corn snow in a matter of hours, or we can get a dump of anything from “champagne powder” to ... Read More »

Alpine Advice from the Pro: No Poles

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By Ron Kubicki, PSIA/AASI Certified Level III Alpine/Children’s Specialist II No matter how long we have skied, we all have certain little glitches and kinks in our techniques. The problem is, we ski that way so often that we adapt and compensate in ways that our body gets used to and it becomes ingrained in our skiing. Well no matter your ... Read More »

Alpine Advice from the Pro: Changing Lanes

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By Ron Kubicki, PSIA/AASI Certified Level III Alpine/Children’s Specialist II There are a lot of ways to improve your skiing and expand your skill base. It doesn’t matter if you are still using a wedge to start your turn or if you are a dynamic parallel skier. There are tactics and drills we can all use to make us more adaptable ... Read More »

Alpine Advice from the Pro: Look at the Spaces… Not the Trees!

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By Ron Kubicki PSIA/AASI Certified Level III Alpine/Children’s Specialist II Do not ski in the trees alone! There are a number of places at our resorts where you can be in an isolated, unpatrolled area. Anything can happen, and if you are alone and need help, well…. If you are thinking about adventuring into the trees, here are some points ... Read More »

Alpine Advice from the Pro: Hands Up!

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By Ron Kubicki PSIA/AASI Certified Level III Alpine, Children’s Specialist II Skiing well requires all of our parts to work together to keep us poised, active and balanced on our skis. Starting at the bottom, we can easily see the importance of our feet, ankles, knees, hips and core. But to complete the picture and keep us active and engaged, ... Read More »

Alpine Advice from the Pro: Did You Know? There Is a Code!

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  By Ron Kubicki, PSIA/AASI Certified Level III Alpine, Children’s Specialist II  There are times when skiing is a unique and solo experience. That might be when you are skinning up the mountain in the early morning dark on your Tele equipment, or gliding along a cross-country trail in the pristine woods. That’s when it is only you in the outdoors ... Read More »

Balanced: You Are… Then You Aren’t

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  Alpine Advice from the Pro  By Ron Kubicki, PSIA/AASI Certified Level III Alpine, Children’s Specialist II  Place yourself on two slippery pieces of equipment, stand on a cold slippery surface, push off down a rather steep piece of terrain, pick up speed. Now, stay in balance! Right, good luck with that! But that’s what we do isn’t it? And we ... Read More »

Alpine Advice from the Pro: Start Up Tips for the 2015-2016 Season

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  By Ron Kubicki PSIA/AASI Certified Level III Alpine, Children’s Specialist II Well the 2015-2016 appears to be underway, thanks to the hard work and some exceptional technology in snowmaking in which our area resorts have invested. I am sure many of us have had mixed emotions about this wacky season so far. I spent much of December riding my ... Read More »

So…Just Ski…

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  By Ron Kubicki, Director of Holiday Valley Snowsports School Yesterday I went “back home,” if you will. I skied at the resort I learned how to ski at in 1959. It was a small local ski area called Glenwood Acres – while it is not named Glenwood Acres anymore it is the only name by which I will ever ... Read More »

One Ski, Two Skis…

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\By Ron Kubicki, Director of Holiday Valley Snowsports School For this week, you are going to need to determine if these tasks are within your ability. I would say almost any solid intermediate to advanced skier will benefit from these exercises. When we ski, we have a mental image of what we look like, and most of the time we ... Read More »

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