#SkiTheDifference Tip Series – Week 20

Variety is the Spice

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Making the mountain your playground requires quick decisions about turn shape regardless of the environment. To gain ownership of this skill, try changing up your rhythm on the groomers. Practice changing back and forth at random between short, medium, and long radius turns, while varying your speed. Doing this on comfortable terrain can reduce the consequences if you miss a turn while honing your skill.

Head off trail and try doing the same thing in different environments and conditions. You should find that you look at and ski the steeps, trees, bumps, crud and powder with more creativity. Creativity adds variety, and variety is the spice of skiing!

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Read the rest of the series:
Week 1 – Come prepared
Week 2 – Tune ups
Week 3 –  Early season conditions
Week 4 –  Skills not hills
Week 5 – Use the whole ski
Week 6 – Always be moving
Week 7 – Find your rhythm
Week 8 – Trust your outside ski
Week 9 – Like riding a bike
Week 10 – Carving and Steeps
Week 11 – Edge from your feet up
Week 12 – Enough is enough
Week 13 – Powder & Crud
Week 14 – Separation is key
Week 15 – Don’t Oversteer
Week 16 – Eyes Ahead
Week 17 – Mastering Moguls
Week 18 – Ski with a Soft Touch
Week 19 – Mashed Potatoes 

derekalthof

Derek Althof has 16 years experience in the ski industry and is Deer Valley’s ski school training manager and an alpine examiner and clinic leader for the Professional Ski Instructors of America’s Central and Intermountain Divisions. Derek learned to ski at age 4 and has had a passion for good skiing ever since.

We hope you enjoy our weekly skiing tips. Please remember that they can help but will not eliminate risks, as skiing is a dynamic sport. These tips are meant to help you build skills  for a more enjoyable skiing experience.

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  1. Tom Grayson says:

    Great teaching series for developing fundamental and essential skills on the mountain.

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Steve KuehnTed Ligety....one of the greatest world class skiers on earth skiing at my favorite place on earth!! Thank you!! What great technique, balance, speed, carving and weight on downhill ski!!!😀😀😀❤️❤️❤️😀😀😀😀😀

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Steve KuehnI wish I could ski that well!! I am good and focus on the basics and technique, but I am nowhere near that good....Heaven on earth to me is skiing and / or teaching people to ski every day!!

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Lisa K SimpkinsNo wonder my favorite run was closed 2 weeks ago. He was going so fast I never saw him.

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Patricia Wollerok, maybe he goes a little, just a little faster than I... one think is certain, that is one of my favorite runs!

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Laura Nolle SpurlinEmily Spurlin Abby Spurlin this is my favorite run "mountaineer" !!⛷

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Tom ThomasVery impressive, Patty must be proud.

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Ted ForbesBill Mitchell I think you can take him

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Hideko ShimabukuroOMG that's so fast...! Made me dizzy watching it. 😅

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Dan PeoplesBill Liguori this looks a lot like Marc D. Lewis without the aqua green, one piece jump suit.

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James EvansLooks fantastic there at Deer Valley --- look forward to a Huge Season for Ted in 2017 / 2018 as well as the Winter Olympics . . .

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Effie Baramso rad having the mountain totally to yourself....VIP treatment

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Nikki GraceI want to go. Just not that fast.

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Miguel CamposRenzzo B Namuche ese weon skia igual a mi csm jajaja

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Barbara JonesThis is one of my favorite runs at Deer Valley!

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Kirk HoffmanI've skied that, but not quite in the same way!

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Joseph HamiltonJet propulsion?

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Michael O'SullivanYeah, and I would be just ahead of you 😜

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Karl ByrneThe true mountain sport, pure speed

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Arlen Gilbertpretty much how I imagine I look when I ski.

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Rachel O'SullivanMichael O'Sullivan this is what I look like on that run

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Billy GlosWayne Wilkinson is that you?!! Crazy!

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Elizabeth HaleIt even feels fun 😁😁

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