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Come To Your Senses…

  By Ron Kubicki, Director of Holiday Valley Snowsports School  We all know we have five senses – sight, hearing, touch, taste and smell – and we use all of them in our skiing experience. Granted we use some more than others, but still, skiing is visceral and experiential. Sight – maybe the most obvious – “I see a tree!” ... Read More »

Change That Stance…

By Ron Kubicki, Director of Holiday Valley Snowsports School One thing you can count on in skiing is conditions are always changing. This challenges us to be changeable as well, or maybe more appropriately – adaptable. While we can’t do much about how conditions change, we can certainly change how we deal with them. The easiest change is our stance, ... Read More »

No Poles…

By Ron Kubicki, Director, Holiday Valley Snowsports School If the world was flat, would there be no poles? Never mind!! Sometimes you can add to your skills by taking something away. We are creatures of habit and do things we have learned through repetition and muscle memory. Preparing to ski is one of them. I generally carry my skis to ... Read More »

Skiing Into the Future

By Ron Kubicki, Director, Holiday Valley Snowsports School I have talked a lot about keeping a natural, athletic, upright stance in these articles. Probably nothing is more important than understanding that skiing is an aggressive athletic activity. It requires you to be active and in control of your skis. With that being said, most athletic activities that require forward motion ... Read More »

Toss…Touch…Turn

By Ron Kubicki, Director, Holiday Valley Snowsports School  Most people do not realize how much their poles affect their turns and overall skiing. In these articles I often talk about an athletic, upright stance. How you hold your hands and poles directly affects this as it enhances or detracts from your upper body position. To keep an athletic, balanced stance, ... Read More »

Slip, Slidin’ Away…

How many things can you do on your skis? How many ways can you deal with terrain, speed or direction change? Becoming an adaptable and skilled all-mountain skier requires a variety of tactics and ways to use your skis to deal with changes and the unknown. One invaluable skill or tactic is the ability to side-slip. If you read my ... Read More »

What Did You Learn Today? … “Nuthin”

By Ron Kubicki, Director of Holiday Valley Snowsports School This is the question that is the bane of every child’s ski instructor. At the end of the lesson, the expectant parent asks their child “What did you learn today?” If it is not the child’s first lesson, they probably did not learn anything new. They probably got better, but they ... Read More »

Hookin’ Up!

By Ron Kubicki, Director of Holiday Valley Snowsports School Bet that title got your attention, didn’t it? I’m talking the skiing kind of “hook up,”not the après ski kind! I have no creditable advice for that kind. If you have been reading my articles the past few seasons, you will realize I try to give you tasks or tactics intended ... Read More »

Javelin Exercise for Better Short Turns

By Ron Kubicki, Director of Holiday Valley Snowsports School How often have you ridden up the Cindy’s lift and watched a skier make precise, short turns down the headwall? Everything seems to be in balance and timed perfectly. The turns are crisp and dynamic. Their upper body is directed downhill with very little movement and the skis are cutting rhythmic ... Read More »

Goodwill and Peace on the Slopes

By Ron Kubicki, Director of Holiday Valley Snowsports School Welcome everyone to the 2014-2015 season. We have been turning wheels at the Valley for several weeks now with some up and down weather. Due to some excellent work by our snow makers and groomers, though, we have enjoyed some very good snow conditions. Traffic has been light, but with the ... Read More »

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