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Ready or Not, Winter is on Its Way

Trained Pros Ready to for Lessons, Clinics, Coaching By Ron Kubicki, Director of Holiday Valley Snowsports School Greetings everyone! Well, I am getting fewer warm rides on my motorcycle, fall colors are evident in the hills and my horse is getting that fuzzy look they get in the winter as they grow their winter coat. So, without looking at the calendar, ... Read More »

Behind the Bars: Look for Motorcycles to See Motorcycles

By The Road Toad Hi, folks. The first thing everyone needs to realize, whether you are on a bike or in a car, is that each of us is a father, mother, son, daughter, uncle, aunt etc. to someone else and it’s important to give that person on the bike space on the road. It’s give and take, respect gets ... Read More »

Behind the Bars with the Road Toad: 10 – 12 Critical Seconds!

By Ron Kubicki This is not a long period of time generally. Heck most of us can probably still hold our breaths for 10–12 seconds. But, it is probably a long time to hold your hand on your hot pipes, though, so mostly time is relevant. Relevant? How about “critical.” The 10-12 seconds I am talking about can be critical ... Read More »

Behind the Bars with the Road Toad ‘Go!’ to ‘No Go!!’

By Ron Kubicki Hey folks, my first Road Toad article spoke about riding in the rain and inclement weather, and we have had some great ridin’ weather and some not so, but I hope you have gotten in some ridin’ already. Last weekend I got a bit over 100 in on Saturday. It was actually hot! But then, just this ... Read More »

Can You Control Your Slips and Skids?

By Ron Kubicki,  Director of Holiday Valley Snowsports School From printed and video educational material of Professional Snowsports Instructors of America/ American Association of Snowboard instructors New ski technology, design and materials have changed skiing in the past 10 years or so. Now, you just tip the ski on edge and it rips a rut in the snow and, voila, ... Read More »

Powder: Deal with It!

By Ron Kubicki,  Director of Holiday Valley Snowsports School From printed and video educational material of Professional Snowsports Instructors of America/ American Association of Snowboard instructors There is one hard and true fact about a mountain sport—you deal with what the mountain gives you. Any numbers of things affect your on-snow experience: skier traffic, sun, rain, time of day and, ... Read More »

Ski the Shadows at Holiday Valley

By Ron Kubicki, Director of Holiday Valley Snowsports School From printed and video educational material of Professional Snowsports Instructors of America/ American Association of Snowboard instructors I have often talked about “rhythm and flow” in our skiing. Well, this is a fun drill to enhance that skill. The toughest part of this drill is the weather— for shadows, you need sunlight.  ... Read More »

Two Halves Do Make a Turn

By Ron Kubicki, Director of Holiday Valley Snowsports School From printed and video educational material of Professional Snowsports Instructors of America/ American Association of Snowboard instructors If you have read any of my previous articles, you have heard the terms “inside ski” and “outside ski.” Well, we divide our body into inside and outside halves as well. In order to ... Read More »

Long Leg, Short Leg

By Ron Kubicki, Director of Holiday Valley Snowsports School From printed and video educational material of Professional Snowsports Instructors of America/ American Association of Snowboard instructors OK, I am not speaking about any of the minor deformities we all carry; we know which of our ears is larger than the other. I am talking about managing pressure on your skis ... Read More »

“Progressive” Isn’t Just About Insurance

By Ron Kubicki, Director of Holiday Valley Snowsports School From printed and video educational material of Professional Snowsports Instructors of America/ American Association of Snowboard instructors As you are riding up the Morning Star lift first thing Saturday morning, what catches your eye is a continuous flow down the hill. This skier’s body remains quiet, yet active, in engaging their ... Read More »

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