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The Best Time of Year for a Ski Trip

Deciding when to plan a ski trip is like setting the date for an outdoor wedding – Mother Nature is the ultimate arbiter of whether a good time is had by all. While many avid skiers choose to live close to mountainous areas, for those who must travel choosing the perfect time for a ski vacation is a risky endeavor. Many a vacation has been ruined by inadequate snow coverage. Before booking a ski trip make sure to take the time of year, snowfall, and overall type of experience into consideration.

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Solar Powered Ski Lifts??

Solar Powered Ski Lifts Are Now Part Of The Skiing World

Ski lifts are part of the vertical transportation industry. For years, the industry has looked for a way to increase its energy efficiency. Solar power has shown itself to be one of the most popular forms of energy for ski lift vertical transportation. The ability to use solar power depends quite a bit on the climate where it is located as well as the financial resources that are available to build it. The initial installation of a solar powered ski life is much more expensive than one that operates on conventional power. Return on investment occurs with significantly lower energy costs when being operated.

Swiveling Solar Panels

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Five Tips to Introduce Kids to Skiing and Snowboarding

“Let’s go skiing! What’s taking you so long? We want to be at the hill early!”

My parents heard us hounding them every Saturday morning during ski season with this plaintive wail.

It was cold outside. They had both worked hard all week. In retrospect I understand that they might have preferred to sleep in a little longer. Yet they found themselves subjected to two pre-teen offspring who were enthusiastically raring to hit the slopes. How did they find themselves in this situation? (Incidentally, it was a situation that they were glad to find themselves in. They, too, loved to ski. We knew that!)

How did they instill this desire within us? Clearly it is because more...

Spring Preview: Best Water Sports Gear 2016

Spring is right around the corner. After a winter of hitting the slopes, it’s almost time to head to the lake or the shore once again. There are some great products out there to suit your needs whether you’re into water skiing, paddleboarding or tubing. Let’s look at some sweet gear that you need to know about this spring and summer so you can own the water and look good doing it.

HO Sports Men’s Syndicate S2 Water Ski

If you are serious about water skiing, then you need a serious set of skis. The Syndicate S2 is designed with speed in mind. The S2 has a few unique design features more...

The Best Times for Skiing

Much to the chagrin of its devotees, skiing is a weather-dependant sport, making ski trips difficult to plan and some years simply disappointing. But when the snow is fresh, there’s nothing better than flying down the mountain. Time of year, time of day, weather, and holidays are all factors to consider when planning a visit to the mountain.

Time of year

In some very cold places, you can ski almost year-round, but in most of the United States, ski season lasts from mid-December through March. In the colder parts of North America, spring skiing can last even until the end of April. What makes the time of year so important? Other than the obvious need for snow, a good ski day requires steady, frigid more...

Pocket Snacks for Skiers

Whether heading to the slopes for a skiing or snowboarding vacation, or spending a weekend water skiing, wakeboarding, paddleboarding, or swimming, bringing along the right kind of snacks is just as much a necessity as the appropriate snow or water sports equipment. It takes energy to sustain these activities, and pocket snacks are a quick fix for stamina and get-up-and-go.

Just the Right Size

Snacks for avid skiers and water game enthusiasts can fit in a pocket, ski-pack, water-proof waistbag, hipbelt or fanny pack. These snacks are just the right size to grab in a pinch to keep the juices flowing while satisfying hunger cravings on the go, taking a break on the lift, or just waiting for the next round more...

How to Ski in Different Types of Snow

“Isn’t snow just snow?”

No! Seasoned skiers understand something that hobbyists and novices don’t, and that’s the fact that there’s different kinds of snow. Which type of snow you’re skiing in can make a major impact on your technique, ideal equipment, and the overall challenge of the session.

Generally speaking, expert skiers consider there to be five primary classifications of snow: powder, crud, slush, ice, and crust. Let’s take a look at these different types of snow and what you can expect.

Powder Snow: Everyone’s Favorite

If you’ve spent any amount of time around skiing or snowboarding enthusiasts, you’ve more...


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