Description of Earn Your Turns: Uphill Skiing 101
It’s time to join the in-bounds ski touring movement. Learn how to earn your turns by skinning up and—yes!—skiing down at your local resort. SKI Magazine and the Professional Ski Instructors of America created the online course Earn Your Turns: Uphill Skiing 101, which covers the essential gear, skills, and strategies for inbounds adventures. Pro instructor and uphilling expert Charlie MacArthur will teach you everything you need to know to unlock the beauty and fun of skiing uphill.
We know you have a busy schedule, so we’ve designed this course to be taken at your own pace. You’ll learn through a variety of interactive formats, including video instruction, photo descriptions, and more. Each session builds on the last, and, while we’ve designed the course in six parts, you can take it as quickly or as slowly as you want. Plus, once you purchase the course, the lessons are yours forever.
What you will learn in Earn Your Turns: Uphill Skiing 101
Find out why skiers are flocking to in-bounds ski touring—and learn how to do it. SKI and PSIA will teach you how to choose touring skis and boots, tech bindings, climbing skins, and other gear, plus how it all works. You’ll also learn how to dress appropriately for going up and down; how to find and choose terrain at your local ski area; how to tackle a range of slopes; how to stride efficiently and with good posture; how to transition between up and down; plus how to fuel and hydrate.
- We get to ski down!
- Clothing, skis, boots, bindings, poles, and skins
- Packs and avy gear
- Uphill vs downhill performance tradeoffs
- What are skins and how do they work?
- How to attach skins
- Ski wax and skin interaction
- Boot and binding interaction
- How to layer
Before You Go
- Choosing terrain
- Safety and route selection
- Music and other factors
- Choosing slopes
- How to step in
- Efficient strides
- Flats and low-angle slopes
- Transition to blue slopes
- When to use what riser
- Pacing and layering
- Correct posture
- Advanced skills
Nutrition and Hydration
- How to hydrate
- Sports drinks, gels, and bars
- How to eat and skin at the same time
- Ripping skins
- Downhill binding transition
- Storing gear
1, Will this course cover backcountry skiing?
No, this course covers in-bounds skiing.
2, I’m new to skiing. Is this course for me?
This course is designed for any skier who can ski green, if not also blues, comfortably and confidently. While uphill skiing is a great activity that anyone can try, it helps to have mastered the basic skills of downhill skiing before skinning up. You’ll have more fun that way, we promise. (Check out SKI Magazine’s Intro to Skiing to learn the basics.)
3, Do I need specific equipment to take this course?
Anyone can take this course, no matter your gear set up. But to start skiing uphill (and getting used to the gear it requires), you’ll need skis, boots, bindings, poles, and skins designed for ski touring. We’ll cover those essentials in the course. Check out your local ski shop or outdoor store for rentals or demos.
About Charlie MacArthur
With experience in alpine, cross-country, and snowboard instruction, Charlie MacArthur has been an instructor and trainer at the Ski & Snowboard Schools of Aspen in Colorado for more than 35 years.
A former member of the Professional Ski Instructors of America’s Alpine and Nordic National Teams, MacArthur has gained multiple accreditations, including in freestyle and children’s specialties, and competes in events such as the Power of Four and Elk Mountain Grand Traverse. In the summer, you’ll find him on the river directing the Aspen Kayak and Stand Up Paddle school.
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