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Negative Five Degrees! So, I Guess It Must Be Winter!

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 Welcome to Western New York and the Southern Tier! If you’ve lived here, or spent winters on the slopes of Holiday Valley, then you know these are not unusual temperatures for us. Add a ... Read More »

Holiday Valley Snowsports School: “More Fun Starts Here”

By Ron Kubicki, Director Holiday Valley Snowsports School Welcome back, to all of our returning skiers and riders! Fall Fest, historically, has been deemed as the unofficial start to our “winter snowsports season.” Welcome, also to those of you who have chosen to join this culture of cold weather outdoor enthusiasts. In Western New York and especially in the Southern ... Read More »

Ease Into the Bumps

SNOWSPORTS TIPS By Ron Kubicki,  Director of Holiday Valley Snowsports School (Continued from last week…) Go over to Morning Star and stop next to the beginning of the mogul field. You have moderate groomed slope next to some rather user friendly bumps. So simply make a turn in the groomed then turn into the bumps, turn back out, turn back ... Read More »

Ease Into the Bumps

By Ron Kubicki,  Director of Holiday Valley Snowsports School   Hey Folks! Well we are heading into the best time of the year for skiing the moguls. Once the sun is out it is higher in the sky, the snow softens up and those gnarly old bumps get much more user friendly. There is any number of ways to ski ... Read More »

To C.A.P It Off! Snowsports Tips

By Ron Kubicki,  Director of Holiday Valley Snowsports School   Last week I took a step away from tips on performance, and instead encouraged intermediate and advanced skiers and boarders to consider a “coaching session” with one of our pros, which prompted me to address another important aspect of our school — the value and expectations of children’s instruction. The ... Read More »

We Don’t Keep Score, Yet Everyone Wins!

We Don’t Keep Score, Yet Everyone Wins!   By Ron Kubicki, Director of Holiday Valley Snowsports School From printed and video educational material of Professional Snowsports Instructors of America/   Co-nun-drum n. 1. A riddle. 2. A complicated problem. Hey, I know! I’m only a ski instructor, but I used the Webster’s New Basic Dictionary so this should be a ... Read More »

“Swing, Touch, Plant, Jab”

“Swing, touch, plant and jab” – um OK, what is this all about? Well to follow up with last week’s article about hand position I thought it would be a natural to move to talking about pole usage in your skiing. Again the focuses of most of my articles have spoken of a “balanced and athletic stance”; this is important ... Read More »

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