If you took a ski lesson and were lucky enough to land an instructor who also happens to be an orthopedic surgeon, you’d pick up good form, while also increasing your chances of staying injury-free. Of course, the likelihood of that happening it pretty low. So, we tracked down the foremost—and perhaps only—orthopedic surgeon ski instructor in America, Dr. Kim Hewson, to find out the secret to smart skiing biomechanics. “People often measure skills on the slopes in hours spent on the snow,” he explains. “But if you don’t understand the nuances of how the human body works, all those hours don’t mean that much.”
Dr. Hewson’s test lab happens to be one of the most revered schools in the country, the Telluride Ski & Snowboard School at Telluride Resort in Colorado. In fact, using his methodology the school has transformed its own curriculum by incorporating his rules of ski biomechanics—students are expending less effort, skiing more efficiently, and, most importantly, reporting far fewer injuries. The Telluride Ski and Snowboard School even offers a ski biomechanics camps each winter, but Dr. Hewson’s wisdom can be applied wherever you ski. He says it’s as much about choosing the right equipment as it is body alignment—here are his top tips for finishing the 2016 season strong.