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Pamela's Tip of the Week |Side Slipping

Pamela's Tip of the Week |Side Slipping

Side slipping is a great warm up to find center on your skis! Going backwards down the fall line? You need to bring your hips forward over your feet, shoulders down the hill, look where you want to go.
Moving forward down the fall line, come off the front of the boot, shoulders down the hill and look where you want to go.

Once you find center, going straight down the fall line, add a few turns, and try it on both sides! Side slipping is a great way to improve your skiing.

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Loading and Unloading a Carpet Lift

Loading and Unloading a Carpet Lift

This week, Pamela breaks out her snowboard to share invaluable tips for beginner snowboarders tackling the magic of the carpet lift! 🎿❄️

Balance is Key: Stay centered over your board.
Approach with Confidence: Move towards the carpet and slightly shift your weight forward.
Let the Carpet Guide You: Embrace the lift as it whisks you away to snowy adventures.
And for the smoothest dismount:

Keep balanced, eyes on your path, and let the carpet nudge you into a graceful exit, scooting forward to continue your ride.
👀 Watch Pamela demonstrate these techniques and transform your first snowboard lift experience from daunting to delightful. 🌨️🏂

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Pamala's Tip of the Week | Warm Up First

Pamala's Tip of the Week | Warm Up First

Feel solid, comfortable and confident on your feet before heading up the bigger hills. Remain tall, relaxed in the shoulders and look around to enjoy the warm-up.
A warm-up on a gentle slope with a lot of movement will help make your day more successful....hope turns, stopping keep those joints moving!

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Pamela's Tip of the Week | Park Tips

Pamela's Tip of the Week | Park Tips

Terrain parks are the playground of the mountain....before you hit up the park, here are a few tips for safe and fun time in the park.
- check out the signage when you enter
- have questions, as a park staff for help
- take a run through the park first before you
-start small and stay within your limit
- always use the takeoff to hit the element - they aren't jumps
- stay clear of landings

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Pamala's Tip of the Week | Dressing for Comfort

Pamala's Tip of the Week | Dressing for Comfort

How to stay toasty warm on those chilly winter days on the slopes!

* thin baselayers for your legs and upper body
* on those extra cold days swap in a thicker fleece if you prefer
* change into your ski socks once you arrive at the hill
* zippered turtle neck, maybe a light downfilled vest or jacket
* necktube or balaclava
* finally your our outlayer jacket
* mitts or gloves, depending on your preference
* don't forget your helmet

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Stand On the Uphill Ski Earlier

Stand On the Uphill Ski Earlier

Get off the downhill ski earlier in the arc, to get the new downhill ski engaged earlier. Keep your shoulders parallel to the pitch of the hill, lift the downhill ski early and stand on the uphill ski.

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Skiing the Tops of the Bumps

Skiing the Tops of the Bumps

Skiing the bumps can be fun, without being intimidating. Don't ski the zipper line, ski the tops of the bumps. Keep your hands up front, legs a little closer together. Stay loose, come to the top of the bump, turn your feet. Your skis will pivot easily under your feet.

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Skiing with Young Children

Skiing with Young Children

Pamela's Tip of the Week | Skiing with Young Children
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A few tips for skiing with your grom who needs a little assistance down the slopes. How to use your poles to help guide and not support them.

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Equipment Care

Equipment Care

A few simple tips to keep your equipment in tip top shape throughout the season. Wipe your gear down, and pull your boot liners to allow them to dry quicker. Try and travel with your boots in a warm location so they are ready to go when you arrive to the hill!

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Corn Snow

Corn Snow

Not all snow conditions are skied the same. How do you have fun in sugar or corn snow? Narrow your stance like in powder or bumps, stand on both feet and move away from them. The snow will setup beautifully underneath them. Use the shovel of the ski to start the turn, and come off the tails.

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Laying Tracks

Laying Tracks

Laying down clean pencil tracks in the snow. How do you feel edging. A simple drill, stand with you skis hip width apart, roll your ankles and knees uphill, feel the weight on the downhill big toe and uphill baby toe, as you traverse the slope to get a feel for edging.

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Big Turns

Big Turns

Slow down the top of the turn, flatten your skis, stand on the downhill leg, steer your feet, shoulders are parallel to the pitch of the hill, big swooping turns!

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Arm Position

Arm Position

Don't let your arms tell your legs what to do. Elbows in front of your ribcage, thumbs in line with your forearms, and keep them loose. Keep the arms out front for a nice strong pole plant.

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Flatten Your Skis

Flatten Your Skis

You have to flatten your skis to turn your feet. Flat skis make a seamless transition when linking turns. Bring your body over your skis, flatten your skis, turn your feet - make the magic transition.

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Move from Wedge to Parallel

Move from Wedge to Parallel

Still having to use the wedge on steeper terrain? This weeks tip explores a few tips to get you steering both feet in the direction you.

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Do a Little Warm Up

Do a Little Warm Up

This weeks tip...get the blood moving in your arms, your legs and keep things loose on those first runs. Hit up a nice green run first and play with your turn shape, exaggerate your movement to get things moving. Set yourself up for a great day on the slopes.

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Toe Edge on a Board

Toe Edge on a Board

Sometimes you have to challenge yourself and this weeks tip on a snowboard was just that. A toe edge maneuver, look where you want to go, balance over the board, steer where you want to go, and relax your angles to get sliding.

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Thigh Burn

Thigh Burn

We all get it...thigh burn. It could be early season or maybe you are driving from the backseat. Try these simple adjustments to help eliminate thigh burn.

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Skiing is Like Dancing

Skiing is Like Dancing

Skiing is like dancing - free to move through all the major joints. Be well balanced and centered.

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Learning to Snowboard

Learning to Snowboard

Pamela's Tip of the Week | As a skier learning to snowboard is a little un-natural, but picking up a few easy tips will get you sliding on a snowboard in no time!

Push, push, glide!
Look, lean, point

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Getting Up Off the Snow

Getting Up Off the Snow

A few helpful tips to get you back up off the snow when you come acquainted with it!

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Keeping Our Season Safe

Keeping Our Season Safe

We are excited to get our season started and to do it safely! Here are few tips to keep our season safe.

All activities pre-purchased
Masks required
Limited indoor operations
Washrooms available
Food & Beverage options available.

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Your Vehicle is Your Chalet

Your Vehicle is Your Chalet

With our Chalet restrictions this season, your vehicle will become your home base.

A few tips and tricks to make this a good experience.

Keep Our Season Safe

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First Step to Parallel

First Step to Parallel

Brush out the heel, create a small wedge, stand on that ski and allow the other heel to fall into parallel.

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The Hockey Stop

The Hockey Stop

The hockey stop....how do skiers do this. A nice athletic position, when ready to stop, rise up, turn your feet across the hill and roll them up the hill...the hockey stop!

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Lower Body Separation

Lower Body Separation

Quieten your upper body, let the lower body do the work. Allow your feet and legs to turn while keeping your upper body facing down the hill. Your legs do the steering not the shoulders.

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Weight on the Downhill Ski

Weight on the Downhill Ski

Weight on the downhill ski, hands slightly forward, upper body facing down the hill. For balance, control and ski performance.

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Steer From Your Feet to Your Hips

Steer From Your Feet to Your Hips

Steer your feet in the direction you want to go. From your feet, through your legs, and into your hip joint. Stay long and tall to steer.

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Skiing the Zipperline

Skiing the Zipperline

Tips for Skiing the Zipperline in the Bumps

3 Quick tips for a more confident time int he bumps!

Quiet upper body
Hands out front
Bring your feet in closer together

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Skiing with Kids...Tips for a Great Time on the Slopes

Skiing with Kids...Tips for a Great Time on the Slopes

A few tips and tricks for a more enjoyable and successful day on the slopes with little ones!

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Snowplow to Parallel

Snowplow to Parallel

Balance over the downhill ski, oversteer the uphill ski to parallel.

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Brush Your Heels to Make a Wedge

Brush Your Heels to Make a Wedge

Make your 1st ski experience a success! Brush your heels into a wedge shape, turn your feet, arms up, wedge to stop!

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Don't Let the Bumps Scare You

Don't Let the Bumps Scare You

Give yourself an out, keep your feet turning, your arms moving and look ahead!

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Ski with Confidence...Turn Your Feet, Stay Loose!

Ski with Confidence...Turn Your Feet, Stay Loose!

Sometimes the terrain changes and gets steeper or bumpier...don't let it scare you. Ski with confidence, stay loose, turn your feet and keep balanced.

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1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3...a simple count to keep your rhythm.

1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3...a simple count to keep your rhythm.

1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3...a simple count to keep your rhythm. Or breath in breath out, adding some flow and rhythm to your skiing!

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Side Slipping..an essential tool to have!

Side Slipping..an essential tool to have!

Find the sweet spot, get balanced, stand tall, and roll your ankles. Side slipping can get you out of almost situation!

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Are You Committed? Are You Balanced?

Are You Committed? Are You Balanced?

Being committed and balanced with your shoulders balanced over your downhill ski and parallel to the slope.

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The Why, When & Where of the Pole Plant

The Why, When & Where of the Pole Plant

So what is the purpose of the pole plant, when do I use it, and where do I plant my pole.

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Enjoy a Winter Wonderland on Snowshoes

Enjoy a Winter Wonderland on Snowshoes

Get outside this winter on a pair snowshoes and enjoy & explore the winter wonderland that is out there!

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Night Skiing - Make Your Night Enjoyable

Night Skiing - Make Your Night Enjoyable

Why Night Ski or Snowboard.....Cheaper rates, less lines! Add an extra layer and hit the slopes under the stars!

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A Grab & Go Breakfast - A Life Hack

A Grab & Go Breakfast - A Life Hack

A few easy breakfast ideas to get you to the slopes fueled and ready to go....and don't forget your own coffee!

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Packing to Hit the Slopes - A Life Hack

Packing to Hit the Slopes - A Life Hack

It isn't always easy getting all your gear to the chalet. Here are a couple of tips and tricks to make it easier!

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From the Car to the Slopes - A Life Hack

From the Car to the Slopes - A Life Hack

A couple of helpful tips to get you from the car to the slopes with your gear & kids in tow!

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