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In this video I’ve got five tips that will help you link your beginner snowboard turns. These five beginner snowboard tips will help you learn to turn faster and in a safer way. The first tip is to start your snowboard turn by sliding on an angle. By sliding your snowboard on an angle, you won’t have to turn as far. Your turns will come around smoother and with less effort. The second tip for linking snowboard turns is to control your speed equally on your heels and toes. Counting in your head will help to even out your turns. The third tip to let your snowboard run straight for one second. This will stop you from trying to turn your snowboard too quickly and getting twisted. The fourth tip is to turn your snowboard with your entire body. Start the turn with your head, shoulders and hips and this will bring your snowboard around smoothly. Finally find an easy slope to practice linking your snowboard turns. Learn at your own pace and this will keep you safe as you learn.

A new style of skiing that is more like the downhill technique of the ‘pre-carving’ era is being taught at the large Austrian ski destination of Zell am See-Kaprun.

Describing the new technique as a “stylistic innovation in the world of alpine winter sports,” Lorenz Wallner, Head of the Zell am See ski school said that the idea behind the “aesthetic skiing“ or “cruising“ technique was to make skiing, “more elegant, safer and less stressful.”

The ski schools in Zell am See-Kaprun are teaching the technique to skiers at all ability levels from beginners to the more advanced and make learning part of a complete experience in which the descent is more leisurely, enabling skiers to enjoy the views of Lake Zell and the surrounding white peaks, and take a break in one of the cosy chalets.

“Skiing has been shaped over the past few decades by dynamic carving with a wide ski position, as well as extreme inner turns and radii. The new style marks a return to old virtues: the upright posture with a gentle bend in the knee, hip and torso, together with the narrower ski position, also ensures a more relaxed and elegant skiing style,” said Mr Wallner, adding, “More attention is also paid to the use of poles as an aid for momentum, which was almost forgotten during the carving era. Whereas the feet are still as far apart from one another as when walking normally, it is no longer desirable to turn the torso strongly towards the valley. Skiing thus becomes more pleasurable and less strenuous for the muscles and joints.”

However, despite the many similarities with the pre-carving era style of skiing, it should not be considered as a complete return to this method, the spokesperson for Zell am See-Kaprun said, adding,

“Aesthetic skiing lies in the middle between carving and old-style skiing and demands, depending on the length and shape of the skis and in accordance with the steepness of the terrain, sometimes sliding turns, sometimes carved turns with short radii,” Mr Wallner continued, concluding,

“This adjustment of the skiing technique is, of course, not a radical change. However, we may not underestimate the technical changes and their positive effects on safety, speed and the aesthetics of skiing.  Movements for skiing in a more rounded motion are again in the foreground and sliding at the end of a curve is once again allowed. Making significant use of the ski edges in the turns with the resulting strong centrifugal forces is no longer the main learning objective and should be reserved for experienced skiers.”

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You can go snowboarding in California the summer. What a thought! Unless you swore off social media and weather reports during the past five months, you’ve probably heard about the snowfall that California experienced this winter. It was deep. It was continual. And there is so much at Mammoth Mountain and Squaw Alpine that you can plan to ride on the Fourth of July.

Imagine that. While your friends are on the lake kicking back Bud heavies, eating burgers, and engaging in various traditions associated with Independence Day, you’ll be on the frozen stuff with a snowboard under your feet. Oh how they will be jealous. They may even loathe you. Let them, because each Instagram and Snapchat you post will only serve as a reminder that their sunburn came from something other than snowboarding.

Here’s the deal. Over the course of the winter, Mammoth Mountain received 610 inches of snow at the resort’s Main Lodge, and the final count at the 11,053-foot summit surpassed 750 inches. The average base depth is between 120 and 360 inches, meaning it’s not disappearing anytime soon and thus, you’ll have great snow to ride in July. A similar story exists at Squaw Alpine, with the resort claiming it’s second deepest season on record with 714 inches of snowfall, or over 56 feet. The point is, there is enough snow to satisfy your urge to turn for months to come and you can do it in a t-shirt.

Don’t know how to get to Mammoth Mountain or Squaw Alpine? Fortunately there is Google Maps. No interest in planning the party? Both Squaw and Mammoth have done all the lifting for you.

Let’s look back at a truly epic California winter to see why snowboarding is in the plan for the next two months, and give you a taste of what to expect during your trip over the Fourth of July.

Mammoth Mountain snowboarding spring winter California Sometimes you have to see it to believe. | Photo: Peter Morning, Mammoth Mountain

Mammoth Mountain snowboarding california As far as riding in California’s Sierras go, this is about as good as it gets. | Photo: Peter Morning, Mammoth Mountain

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Skiing and snowboarding are a deep-rooted part of life in British Columbia. Nights and weekends are spent on the mountains, looking for fresh powder and revisiting favorite runs. For many locals, winter really can’t come soon enough.

Thirteen world-class resorts, boundless backcountry, and incredible snowfalls combine to make BC one of the true North American ski and snowboard hubs. Whether you want to relax with a few easy runs before enjoying the après-ski, or you’re after the toughest double black diamonds and the biggest vertical drops, you’ll find what you’re after here.

Here’s a look at some of British Columbia’s ski and snowboard highlights.

Cypress Mountain - Credit: Destination BC/Insight Photography
Cypress Mountain – Credit: Destination BC/Insight Photography

Skiing via Vancouver

Three ski hills sit within 30 minutes of downtown Vancouver, and you can actually see them all from within the city itself. Cypress MountainGrouse Mountain, and Mount Seymour all have verticals of at least a 300m (Cypress Mountain is the largest of the bunch at 612m) and showcase fabulous views of the city, especially after dark when all three light up runs for night skiing. These are all great options if you only have a day or two to spend in Vancouver, but are eager to hit the slopes.

For those with a bit more time in BC, there’s Whistler Blackcomb.

In 2010, the eyes of the world turned to Whistler Blackcomb as an official venue of the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. While the games have come and gone, everything else is still here!

Only a two-hour scenic drive from Vancouver, Whistler Blackcomb is consistently rated the top ski and snowboard resort in North America. Sitting right next to each other you have two mountains covered in ski and snowboard runs for all skill levels, from glacier riding to bunny hills, connected by the spectacular Peak 2 Peak Gondola. Runs lead right into the heart of Whistler Village, where the many bars and restaurants are perfect for the ever-popular après-ski. The ski season at Whistler Blackcomb is also one of the longest in North America, running from late November to early May, with glacier skiing on Blackcomb available until late July. The term “must-visit” was invented for this resort.

Sun Peaks - Credit: Destination BC/Adam Stein
Sun Peaks – Credit: Destination BC/Adam Stein

Riding the Interior

As you head east through the British Columbia Interior, with Vancouver in your rearview mirror, there are a number of really incredible ski resorts to explore.

The Thompson Okanagan region, in south-central BC, is home to high altitudes and a dry climate that gives rise to some of North America’s fluffiest snow, known locally as “champagne powder.” The region’s resorts are blessed with long verticals, varied terrain, and are generally uncrowded. Here are a few of your options:

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Good news for skiers – snow has fallen – and ski fields around the country are projecting “epic” openings for a good season ahead.

Mt Ruapehu, in the central North Island, had a dumping of 15cm in the days leading up to winter, with a snow base of 30cm on the skifield Turoa and 19cm on Whakapapa.

It’s certainly was a bluebird on Mt Ruapehu.

But don’t start packing your skis for the long weekend, both fields aren’t expected to open till July 2.

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There is one reason why snow warriors flock to Tahoe year after year, and that’s the terrain—there’s nowhere else in the lower 48 that has as many steep ski runs to choose from. Another unique feature of Tahoe is the pretty heavy snow that falls here thanks to the fact that Sierra is in the maritime snow zone and the moisture content is relatively high when the area isn’t facing drought conditions like it has in recent years. This heavy snow sticks to the steep chutes and cliffs, giving this area skiable terrain that you just don’t come by in most of the rest of the country. Wide skis were pioneered by Tahoe legend Shane McConkey, and you are definitely going to want to pull out the 100 mm+ skis for most conditions here.

The chutes and steep runs in this Northern California ski mecca are like nowhere else in the country. Here are 10 of the steepest, scariest, and gnarliest rides in the Lake Tahoe area.

1. The Wall, Kirkwood

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On March 14th, 1993, one of the largest winter storms ever recorded decimated much of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast. Now, 24 years later, a major storm will likely impact many of the same areas late Monday Night into Tuesday.

We are now confident enough to say a storm is likely to hit the area Monday Night into Tuesday. At this point, it simply comes down to the track this storm will take. An area of low pressure will be dropping out of the Midwest and dig just north of the Tennessee Valley Monday Night. From there, alongside this low pressure system, a coastal low looks to form over the Carolina Coastline. These two systems are projected to phase and create a massive storm system Tuesday.

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