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David Barton

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
I write about ski tips, instruction, travel, and performance.  I am a Level I certified Professional Ski Instructor of America. My home mountain is Wisp Resort in Maryland, United States. My goal is to give you information and tips to help improve your personal skiing skills and give you more... Full Bio
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Day 1 - SkiBlog-SkiBlog Heliskiing Video Blog Series by David Barton Posted in: Blog Posts in Skiing After arriving at the Crescent Spur lodge on Saturday evening, we were greeted with an incredibly friendly and welcoming staff and treated to a delicious dinner. The lodge ... Read on »
SkiBlog-SkiBlog Heliskiing Video Blog Series - Intro by David Barton Posted in: Blog Posts in Skiing Yesterday I started a seven day journey to Crescent Spur, British Columbia for a trip with Crescent Spur Heliskiing .  This video is the first of a multi-part video blog s ... Read on »
The Doc's Tips: 3 Tips to Help Recover After a Day of Skiing by David Barton Posted in: Blog Posts in Skiing I recently got a chance to sit down with Dr. Julie Herman, M.D., an internal medicine physician at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.  After a lengthy and e ... Read on »
How To: Recover Gracefully From a Ski Crash by David Barton Posted in: Blog Posts in Skiing Want to know how to get back up (gracefully) from falling while skiing?  Check out this instructional video by Ryan and John of RAWfootyfilms . Read on »
Ski Training - Functional Style by David Barton Posted in: Blog Posts in Skiing by Lauren Bunney Ski season is just around the corner if not already in full swing depending on where in the world you are living. But, the majority of the season is s ... Read on »
Ski Egypt - Creating Slopes Other Than the Pyramids by David Barton Posted in: Blog Posts in Skiing Have you ever wanted to spend the holidays in Egypt , see the pyramids, bathe in political crises, and bake in the exhaustive sun? Me too, except the lack of skiing has alw ... Read on »
Avalanche Awareness and Kits by David Barton Posted in: Blog Posts in Skiing by White Blancmange - Alpine Experiences A properly prepared avalanche kit could be the difference between life and death (and the life you save may well be your own). I ... Read on »
Equipment Review - Columbia's Omni-Heat Powder Bowl Parka by David Barton Posted in: Blog Posts in Skiing Columbia Sportswear recently asked me to field test its newest line of technology - the Omni-Heat "silver dot" jacket. At first, I was critical. This highly advertised l ... Read on »
3 Top Tips to Improve Your Off Piste Skiing by David Barton Posted in: Blog Posts in Skiing by Heli Ski Guide Roko Note: This article was originally published by Pure Powder - the off piste and heli skiing specialists - on www.PurePowder.com in June 2010. Perm ... Read on »
How to Adapt to Skiing Moguls by David Barton Posted in: Blog Posts in Skiing by Robert Stewart Moguls are one of those challenges in skiing that can strike fear into all but the most expert of skiers. The thing is, moguls can be our friends. Yes ... Read on »
Skiing the Glades - Trees by David Barton Posted in: Blog Posts in Skiing So here you are, trying to feel like a young maverick skier going off the trails and into the trees - just hoping that someone passing overhead on the charlift will spot yo ... Read on »
Winter Olympics 2010 - Team USA by David Barton Posted in: Blog Posts in Skiing As a brief interjection into the magical ski world, let me recommend a site to keep updated on the conquering of the Winter Olympics 2010 by the US Ski Team (I apologize to ... Read on »
Stay Perpendicular to the Fall Line to Maintain Balance on the Steeps by David Barton Posted in: Blog Posts in Skiing Have I told you, lately, that I love you...uhh...err...excuse my inner Rod Stewart lyrical self. What I really meant to say is: Have I told you... why is it harder to sk ... Read on »
Skiing the Bumps - PSIA Video by David Barton Posted in: Blog Posts in Skiing I found an awesome video about skiing bumps and moguls that is done by Dave Lundberg of the Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA) Alpine Team. Dave is one of best a ... Read on »
How to Win a Season in the Canadian Rockies and Become a Ski Instructor by David Barton Posted in: Blog Posts in Skiing I was asked to post this opportunity contest on the blog. I almost hesitated because I was going to enter hundred times myself, and figured the more people that read this, ... Read on »
Stopping Power and Technique in Skiing by David Barton Posted in: Blog Posts in Skiing I received a question/comment (awesome in itself) from someone "over the water" (also awesome in itself) about stopping on on the "How to Feel Less Fatigued When Skiing" po ... Read on »
I WANT YOUR QUESTIONS! by David Barton Posted in: General Discussion in Skiing I'm a ski instructor that is getting pretty bored now that it's late summer.  Let me know if you have any alpine skiing questions that I can answer so that I can stay sane.  ... Read on »
How to Feel Less Fatigued When Skiing by David Barton Posted in: Blog Posts in Skiing I came across the following question while reading online on Wellsphere: I just returned from skiing with some buds who never train physically. We would walk up stairs a ... Read on »
A Balance Tip That Is Slightly More Than "Lean Forward" (plus a Boot Adjustment Trick) by David Barton Posted in: Blog Posts in Skiing Chances are that if you have spent five minutes on a ski slope before, you have heard the amazingly overused and almost meaningless word in the skiing dictionary - the most ... Read on »
"How It's Made" - Dynastar Skis by David Barton Posted in: Blog Posts in Skiing For all of those television experts out there, the Science Channel will be airing an television episode of "How It's Made" - "Dynastar Skis" on Friday, June 19th at 9:00 p.m ... Read on »