See Yourself and Go-Pro

In my previous article (Metal Edges or Mental Edge) I wrote about Positive-self-talk. If you’ve got your Positive-self-talk dialled in – then it is time to ‘Go-Pro’ with some visualisation. Maybe, you already know that many top skiers use visualisation techniques to improve their performance. But what is it they are actually doing? They are mentally enacting their desired performance, in very close detail, everything that they will see, feel and hear, as if they are actually skiing. ...

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Schwartztor / Porta Nera – A guide…

Schwartztor Glacier Ski
Through The Black Door The Schwartztor translates from German as the Black Door – not a particularly attractive name for a ski run and much less so for one of the finest off-piste runs in Europe! Always better to mention it by its Italian name of Porta Nera which somehow has more appeal particularly when spoken with a strong Italian accent and much gesticulating. The Porta Nera is a col between the long ridge of the Breithorn and the elegant peak of Pollux. On the Breithorn ...

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Skiing with Kids – Top Tips

I always tell my kids if you lay down, people will step over you. But if you keep scrambling, if you keep going, someone will always, always give you a hand. Always. But you gotta keep dancing, you gotta keep your feet moving. – Morgan Freeman How many sports can claim to be to be for all the family? Skiing is one of the best of them! Not only because we are all together (children, parents, grandparents) but also because when we play, we discover so much that we create some of the best ...

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Metal Edges or Mental Edge

Ski Tour Instructor
Presumably, if you are reading this article, then the chances are that at some point you have had a ski lesson. Your instructor might have told you to do ‘something’ with your legs and body so that your skis do ‘something’ on the snow? There really are only four ingredients to make a ski work – all four are used in varying degrees in every turn your skis make on snow – You can tilt (edge), twist (rotate) or bend (weight and unweight), and not forgetting to add some velocity ...

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Seven Superlatives

Chamonix is often quoted as having the biggest and the best. Truth or fiction? You decide… 1. Most famous Other places swing in and out of fashion but Chamonix remains the premier destination for skiing and mountain sports. This world-beating reputation is built upon a long history of distinction – for example, the first winter Olympics were held here in 1924 and these days one of the key legs of the World Cup is hosted at the Kandahar Verte des Houches ski run. On piste or off, the ...

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