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Skiing Winter Sports

Where To Go Next? 4 Resorts in Europe with the Best Skiing Experience

As far as skiing is concerned, Europe is home to some of the best outdoor ski resorts that you must make a point of checking out if you are planning a ski vacation. This is part of the main reason the Winter Olympics have been held in Europe 13 times since this winter sports was […]

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Skiing Winter Sports

Learn The Lingo – A guide to 9 Key Ski Slang Terms

Ever found yourself on the ski slopes with a bunch of skiing enthusiasts who seem to be speaking a foreign language? Later on you realize that it’s actually not a foreign language but ski slang. In this post we are going to look at the 8 terms that are commonly used in ski slang. Consider […]

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Tips For Booking Your First Skiing Holiday

At first sight, the choice of different skiing holidays can seem overwhelming especially if it’s your first time. The right decision depends on the type of resort and the size of your budget as well as a host of other variables, such as snow and travel conditions. We reckon you’ll find everything you need here […]

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Skiing Winter Sports

Essential Safety Guidelines For Novice Skiers

Many people enjoy the skiing experience because it’s one of the most adrenaline packed experiences you can ever have. However, in the quest to enjoy this adrenaline rush there are a number of essential guidelines you should always be aware of every time you hit the slopes for your safety as well as the safety […]

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Skiing Winter Sports

What Type of Skier Will You Be? Here’s 4 Types of Skiing You Can Learn

When most people hear the word skiing, they immediately picture the thrilling winter sports activity that involves going down mountain slopes at really high speeds. It’s however worth a reminder that there are a number of different activities that involve skiing. Therefore if you are considering getting into skiing for fun or as a sport, […]

 

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Skiing Winter Sports

Where To Go Next? 4 Resorts in Europe with the Best Skiing Experience

As far as skiing is concerned, Europe is home to some of the best outdoor ski resorts that you must make a point of checking out if you are planning a ski vacation. This is part of the main reason the Winter Olympics have been held in Europe 13 times since this winter sports was launched back in 1924. These ski resorts are not just known for their really awesome facilities but also for the picturesque sceneries that skiers will enjoy.

Here are the 4 places in Europe with the best skiing experience.

#The region of Innsbruck in Austria

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The region of Innsbruck in Austria is definitely a place you should consider visiting especially if you are a professional skier or you are looking to advance your skill. The region of Innsbruck is home to Hafelekarrinne and Patscherkofel which are among some of Europe’s steepest runs, and give you one of the closest experiences to the preferred downhill course that is used during the Olympic Games. In this region you will also find areas that have been set aside for beginners in skiing as well as children.

#The town of Cortina d’Ampezzo in Italy

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The amazing ski slopes in addition to the scenic landscapes in the town of Cortinad’Ampezzo in Italy are the reasons why this town is a favorite skiing destination that annually attracts skiing enthusiasts in the thousands. As a skier you are guaranteed a really amazing skiing experience owing to the fact that ski slopes here never get too crowded as they do in other resorts around Europe. This is a diamond in the dirt that many are yet to discover.

#The ski town of Zermatt in Switzerland

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The ski town of Zermatt in Switzerland is undoubtedly one of the stand out ski areas in Europe. The town hosts three skiing zones that are interconnected, and which border two other skiing zones on the Italian border. This ensures that skiers have a really awesome experience as they are free to crisscross the different zones which offer unique experiences thanks to the endless room for cruising, and beautiful slopes. The only catch is that this is an expensive travel destination but it’s worth every dime.

#The ski town of Chamonix in France

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The ski town of Chamonix in France has been referred to by many skiing enthusiasts as the Mecca for skiers as it’s one of those destinations that skiers must make a point of visiting at least once in their lifetime. This is a truly magnificent and exciting destination because it’s so unpredictable owing to the fact that it’s a very rugged terrain therefore skiers get to experience a thrilling rush because they don’t know what to expect. Pro skiers will especially appreciate the vertical drops that can go up to 9,000feet.

If you are looking for a skiing experience of a life time we can guarantee you that these 4 destinations will offer you a memorable experience.

We’d love to hear all about your experience.

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Skiing Winter Sports

Learn The Lingo – A guide to 9 Key Ski Slang Terms

Ever found yourself on the ski slopes with a bunch of skiing enthusiasts who seem to be speaking a foreign language? Later on you realize that it’s actually not a foreign language but ski slang. In this post we are going to look at the 8 terms that are commonly used in ski slang. Consider this your guide to basic key slang.

Here we go!

#Brain bucket

When you hear skiers on the slopes talking about a brain bucket, what they are referring to is a helmet.

#Bomber

When you hear the term bomber, it’s actually how skiers refer to a fellow skier who is going down the slope at a high speed and they seem to be out of control.

#Bail

When skiers are making reference to a fellow skier who has just tripped and fallen down, they will use the word bail.

#Base

In skiing, the word base as used by skiers has about three different meanings. It may mean the underside of a ski, it may be used to refer to the general depth of the snow, and it may also be used to make reference to an area at the foot of a ski resort.

#Backcountry

The term backcountry is especially important for you to know if you are a beginner because if you are with a bunch of skiers having a chat about checking out the backcountry, they are making reference to a terrain that is best suited for more experienced skiers. These are terrains that are kept well from crowds of people visiting ski slopes and any decision to ski in such terrains is made at a skier’s own peril.

#Gnar

Gnaris another skiing slang you must be aware of especially if you are a beginner. It’s a term borrowed from the English term gnarly and is used to make reference to any skiing experience that is highly dangerous but at the same time really cool. You only try it at your own peril.

#Chatter

When a skier is heading down slope at a very high speed their skis will produce a vibration which is often referred to by skiers as chatter. When it gets to a point that you can feel this chatter, what is likely to happen is you will essentially experience a reduction in the level of contact between the snow and your skis and this will affect your ability to maintain complete control. It’s highly likely to result to slipping and falling or ramming into an obstacle on your path.

#Après-ski

When you hear skiers mentioning the term après-ski you better get excited because it means that the day has come to a close therefore it’s time to grab a drink or two as you unwind.

Be sure to brush up on your ski slang so that you don’t find yourself in an awkward situation.

We’d love to hear all about your experience.

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Tips For Booking Your First Skiing Holiday

At first sight, the choice of different skiing holidays can seem overwhelming especially if it’s your first time. The right decision depends on the type of resort and the size of your budget as well as a host of other variables, such as snow and travel conditions.

We reckon you’ll find everything you need here – to help you make that decision.

Which Resort?

Choose a resort that is recommended for beginners. Can you pre book ski school and do the teachers speak English? Are the nursery slopes in the sun? Are they close to the resort? Don’t go to a resort with scores of advanced runs, as you’ll be paying for facilities you can’t use.

Controlling Costs

Unfortunately skiing is not a cheap sport. Accommodation, travel, ski pass, insurance, food and rental of equipment all add up, even without apres-ski drinks thrown in. In general, the larger and more extensive the resort, the more expensive it will be. To keep your costs down:

  • Avoid peak season.
  • Book a late deal.
  • Stay a little further from the slopes or outside the village centre.
  • Rent or borrow gear.
  • If possible – use free beginners lifts to start with.
  • Don’t eat lunch at the mountain restaurants.

Accommodation

A popular choice for British skiers is the chalet holiday. For a reasonable price, this offers flight, transfer from airport to resort, accommodation and food. Accommodation may be rudimentary and, unless you can fill the whole chalet with friends, you may have to share with strangers, but it’s a fairly hassle-free, cheap and cheerful way of organizing your skiing holiday.

Probably the cheapest option is to rent an apartment. In Europe, the purpose-built French resorts are best geared up for this, though the accommodation can be absurdly cramped. North American apartments tend to be much more comfortable. Rental periods generally run from Saturday to Saturday and you arrange your own transport.

Whichever option you choose, make sure your hotel, chalet or apartment is well located or is well served by public transport for access to the slopes or resort village.

When to go?

  • Pre-Christmas – there may not be much snow, except at the highest resorts or those equipped with snow cannons. Prices are low, but all facilities may not yet be open.
  • Christmas and New Year – peak season and expensive.
  • January – low season, with quiet resorts and empty runs – usually the coldest month.
  • February – usually plenty of sun and good snow conditions reflected in crowds and peak prices.
  • March – longer days, sun and good snow.
  • Easter – generally good skiing but with higher prices and crowds.
  • April – late spring can see some wonderful skiing, but choose a very high resort. This is the end of the season, and resort staff may be bored and unhelpful.
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Essential Safety Guidelines For Novice Skiers

Many people enjoy the skiing experience because it’s one of the most adrenaline packed experiences you can ever have. However, in the quest to enjoy this adrenaline rush there are a number of essential guidelines you should always be aware of every time you hit the slopes for your safety as well as the safety of other skiers around you.

Here are 5 essential skiing safety guidelines you must be aware of.

#1 You must adhere to the set rules and regulations

Every skiing area has laid out rules and regulations that are developed for the benefit and safety of skiers. This is a fact that every skier must be aware of and appreciate. It’s for this reason that you should never ignore any rules and regulations that you come across.

#2 Ensure your skiing gear is always in good functional order

Before you get on the slopes or rather even decide to make the trip to the skiing slopes, you must always ensure that your skiing gear is always in good functional order. Skiing with faulty gear doesn’t just endanger you but your fellow skiers as well. Make it a habit to frequently check your gear to ensure it has no defects.

#3 Always have the right gear

Skiing slopes will expose you to many dangers. Some of the terrains you encounter as well as the stunts you may be required to pull off are likely to expose you to potential injuries. It’s therefore important for you to always have the right gear with a special focus on safety from the boots, helmet, gloves, and goggles, among other gear. Such gear is designed to offer you protection from common injuries.

#4 Always be well prepared physically and mentally

Skiing is both physically and mentally demanding therefore before you hit the slopes, you must always ensure that you are both physically and mentally prepared for the experience. This means that deciding to go out to ski is has to be a well thought out idea and not something done as an afterthought.

#5 Be well aware about your limits

Regardless of your experience in skiing you must always be aware about your limits whether, physical, mental or skill wise. This will help you fight the temptation to overexert yourself by trying out moves that you are not capable of pulling off just because you saw other skiers doing them.

You will realize that adhering to these essential safety guidelines will enable you actually have a much better and worry free skiing experience.

We’d love to hear all about your experience.

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Skiing Winter Sports

What Type of Skier Will You Be? Here’s 4 Types of Skiing You Can Learn

When most people hear the word skiing, they immediately picture the thrilling winter sports activity that involves going down mountain slopes at really high speeds. It’s however worth a reminder that there are a number of different activities that involve skiing. Therefore if you are considering getting into skiing for fun or as a sport, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the different types of skiing.

We take a look at the 4 types of skiing you can learn.

Alpine Skiing

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This is probably the type of skiing that many people are familiar with as it’s the skiing that involves skiers gliding down snow covered alpines using long skis. This is a professional sport but it can also be done as a fun activity and is mainly a favorite for thrill seekers. It’s one of the winter sports that is really growing in popularity and is also an Olympic sport.

Cross-country skiing

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Cross-country skiing is typically referred to by the name Nordic skiing because it originated in Norway. It’s interesting to note that before this type of skiing became a popular sport and a fun recreational activity, it was used as a means of transport by the people of Norway. The difference between cross-country skiing and alpine skiing is that it’s done on flat terrains and not on slopes.

Freestyle skiing

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As the name would suggest, the freestyle type of skiing is more inclined to the performance of tricks and stunts therefore it is for a very niche group of skiers. It has quickly grown to become a popular professional sport that is enjoyed both on outdoor slopes and on indoor skiing arenas. With freestyle skiing, it’s the skier with the ability to pull off the best tricks who usually carries the day. It’s however important to mention that this particular type of skiing has been considered by many to be unsafe mostly due to the high risk of injury when doing it.

Waterskiing

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Well! Skiing doesn’t just take place on ice, as water is also a great place to enjoy it. This is where waterskiing comes in. As opposed to the snow based skiing where skiers rely on gravity and their ski gear to propel themselves, in water skiing it’s a boat that offers propulsion to the skier as they are tagged to it by a towline which enables them skim at speeds of up to 20 miles/hrthrough a water surface. It can be a large river, a lake or the ocean. Just in case you are thinking about trying it, first make sure that you are a really good swimmer.

From the above choices you realize you have quite a number of options on the different types of skiing you can learn. All in all, it’s always a good idea to try them all before making a decision on which ones suit you best.

We’d love to hear all about your experience.

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Skiing – 4 benefits of learning at an indoor ski

Skiing is really fun whether you are doing it as an outdoor activity or as a sport. It’s however important to understand the benefits of first learning how to ski before you hit the slopes. Many people have spent money going to ski resorts only to be underwhelmed by their experience. The good thing is that today there are very many indoor ski arenas where you can go learn how to ski before you spend your money going to a skiing resort.

Here are 4 benefits of learning how to ski at an indoor arena.

It’s a controlled environment

The benefits of choosing an indoor ski as the place to get your skiing lessons is that an indoor ski is a controlled environment therefore you are not likely to be exposed to risks similar to what you would find on a mountain slope.

The opportunity to safely try out different difficulty levels

Most indoor skiing arenas have a wide array of slopes where you can safely test out your abilities before trying them out on actual mountain slopes. The slopes are of different difficulty levels and there are instructors keeping a close eye on you ready to give you advice if they notice an error in your technique as you test out your skills.

There is no season limitation

Unlike mountain slopes where you can only ski during snow season, indoor skis operate all year round because they use artificial ice. This therefore means that you can have your classes all year long without having to wait for snow season.

There is flexibility of time

The good thing about training at an indoor ski is that the arena offers flexibility of time. You can be able to train till late at night during any day of the week. This is not a benefit you are going to get at a ski resort because you are only limited to skiing in the daytime when natural light allows for good visibility.

We trust that this has been an insightful article and you now know where you are going to get your skiing lessons from.

We’d love to hear all about your experience.

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3 Handy Skiing Tips for Beginners

If you find skiing to be an exciting activity that you definitely should be a part of, there are a number of handy tips it will serve you well to know about because they will not only make your experience more affordable but also help double the fun.

Here are the 3handy skiing tips you must know.

Tip 1: You should invest in skiing lessons

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If you intend to have the most awesome experience on the skiing slopes then it’s a great idea to invest in skiing lessons before you finally head out to the slopes. If professional skiers have trainers, common sense dictates that a beginner too should have a trainer. There are many places you can take skiing classes such as indoor oroutdoor skiing facilities in your state, or at a skiing resort.

Tip 2: You’ll save much more by renting skiing gear

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There are different types of skiing gear available suited for the different skiing methods therefore before you get to decide the type of skiing you feel is the best for you, don’t buy the skiing gear, rent it. You’ll end up saving much more because if you buy gear which you will not be using frequently, it’s going to be money down the drain.

Tip 3: You’d better limit your expectations

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Just like any other sport or activity, you will not learn everything on the first go therefore don’t get to the slopes expecting to be able to pull of stunts. These are things that take months and even years to perfect. The goal is for you to go have fun therefore limit your expectations and focus on having an awesome experience.

All in all, it’s always a good idea to hang around beginners like you because hanging around the pros can be intimidating. As long as you are open to slipping and falling down a couple of times, laughing at your struggles on the ice and putting in the work, you will be surprised at how fast you will grow from an amateur to a pro.

We’d love to hear all about your experience.

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Help people with disabilities enjoy the thrill of snowsports

Fiona Young, Disability Snowsport UK’s Chief Executive Officer, is busy training to take part in a gruelling fundraising event this October.

The 14th Annual Peak to Peak Pedal (P2P14) will take her from the mountain peaks of the San Bernardino Mountains in California, through the Owens valley to the peaks of the Sierras, finishing at Mammoth Mountain.

She aims to complete the event in just over 5 days, covering approximately 355 miles and and by doing this she is hoping to raise £10,000 to help offset the subsidies for Disability Snowsport UK’s activity weeks for the 2009 season.

She is determined that costs for activity weeks with Disability Snowsport UK are kept as low as possible and says, “if that means 5 days of torture – so be it!!”

A small amount of the money raised will be going to the US adaptive programme in Big Bear as they are organising the event, however Fiona will be covering all her own costs.

If you would like to help people with disabilities enjoy the thrill the snowsport then please sponsor Fiona at: www.justgiving.com/fionayoung3

About Disability Snowsport UK

DSUK is a people-centred organisation with a unique sense of purpose: that anyone regardless of their disability can take part in and enjoy the thrill of snowsport.

For nearly 30 years they have applied exceptional know-how and adaptability to enable those with a disability to experience the joy of skiing alongside the able-bodied.

They provide exciting and life enhancing activities for individuals or groups who require Adaptive equipment and/or special instruction and support including. They do this through their adaptive snowsport school in Scotland, local groups, schools and youth programmes. They support the British Disabled Ski Team and they provide training for instructors, volunteers and ski centre staff.

www.disabilitysnowsport.org.uk