Those eager to Work out with an Extreme Team clinic should heed Dan Egan’s Golden Rule: “Ski the mountain, don’t let the mountain ski you.” Here’s his advice regarding private ski practice that will help aggressive experts learn the basics of extreme skiing:

“Skiing is a constant realignment of balance. As an advanced skier you must learn to adapt to the changing terrain and snow conditions. Be aggressive and consistent no matter what you are skiing.

“Start by skiing at a consistent speed at all times. Establish a speed you are comfortable with, but one in which you are in control and can stop or change direction in a split second.

“Once you’ve established your ‘comfort speed,’ ski constantly changing terrain. Ski directly into every trail without stopping at the top. This is excellent to learn to adapt speed and technique to all terrain.

“Challenge yourself. Ski off the lift and onto a favorite trail without stopping. Try making fifty turns the same radius and at the same speed, or mix the radius of your turns but always at the same speed.

“Skiing changing terrain and adapting while in motion will be the best teachers for your mind and body. The mountain will become less intimidating. You’ll be skiing things you never thought possible.”

Dan’s advice is for both men and women. And this is just fine with Kristen Ulmer. She says there are a variety of reasons women join extreme ski clinics: “Some women want to ski their first black diamond, others want to try cliff jumps or radical ski mountaineering. Either way, there’s nothing finer than a woman discovering her power as an athlete.

“Women can go as extreme as men anytime. It’s just a mind-set to go for it.”

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