Ice is Nice

By Lauren O’Reilly

Every truly devoted skier will at some point encounter the slippery surface we all call ice.  However, with the proper skills, even the occasional skier can safely navigate the less than preferred polished surface.  A light touch and a balanced stance will work just fine.  It doesn’t hurt to have your equipment tuned with polished edges either.  Maintain even short to medium radius turns, making sure you curve back up hill after every turn.  Skidding is a tactic well-practiced.  Just like driving a car on an icy road, approach every turn slow and allow the skis to move forward as they slightly skid around the curve.  Take every turn in this fashion and you will find yourself maintaining control and gaining the confidence you need to enjoy this ever-changing mountain environment.

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