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Braquage or pivot slips key to enhancing short turns on any ski slope

Braquage will improve your skiing technique and you may take that to the bank TERRY GAVAN - SKI BLOGGER & RACONTEUR I am a braquage junkie. And I don't apologize. What is braquage? Good question. Some call it low performance skiing. Some use pejoratives like slippy-slidey or loosey-goosey to, you know, pour passive aggressive scorn on [...]

Alpine Skiing, managing pressure – with grace and perspicacity

TERRANCE GAVAN - SKI BLOGGER & RACONTEUR   Okay, so we all got pressure. And pressure is no fun. Not fun at work and not fun at home and especially not fun when we're out for a slide at our fave ski resort. I don't know about you, but I hate pressure, and I have [...]

Ski turning – Get rid of that Inner Weirdness says Josh Foster

TERRANCE GAVAN - SKI BLOG Another day another lesson. Why do I learn more by teaching than by doing? I have no idea if that's something zen or if it just means that I indulge frequently in mundane self-analysis. I do know that I bring a certain wonkiness to every lesson. I am a ski [...]

Ski turning and speed control – the essence of finding your comfort zone

TERRANCE GAVAN - SKI BLOG The essence of speed control lies not in the shudder but the roll. Your comfort level is important, in life and on snow. On snow, comfort level is all about managing your expectations and hence, your speed. My life as an instructor ebbs and flows around helping my clients to [...]

Ski Line – the ultimate ski turn bend those legs

I love this video. Not for its pure approach to skiing. But because the tricks are the trick. And if that sounds redundant? It is. I learn best when I am tricked into keeping my noodle out of the equation. Please don't tell me to pressure the downhill ski. I know that's what we do. [...]

Harald Harb Expert Skiing – Don’t Push your skis… Edge your skis

BY TERRANCE GAVAN - IDIOT SAVANT BLOGGER When I teach or when I am demo teaching I always begin my lesson with a tidbit of advice for my skiers. Terrance Gavan is a skier and lover of life. Teaching is doing and instructors need to remember two golden rules. Watch this video and [...]


TERRANCE GAVAN - SKIER BLOGGER AND MENTOR I tell all my students, especially the beginners, that good skiing is counterintuitive. Terrance Gavan works out of Dagmar Ski Resort in Ontario, Canada. When I lean on skis, or tilt my body, I will either fall... or push my skis away from the direction I am [...]

Skiing for a living and the big post-season scramble to find a job that’s as fun as skiing

Terrance Gavan - Blogger, Instructor and Joker There are no jobs that quite match up to ski instruction. Terrance Gavan is always looking for a job. Except during ski season. The one drawback being the inability to carry it through to August or September. I know people who bolt over to Australia or [...]

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