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Skiing and Snowboarding Etiquette

When it comes time to hit the slopes for winter fun, its important to remember that even though you pay for a lift ticket, ski and snowboard resorts are still essentially public areas which must be shared. In any shared space, people tend to develop rules of etiquette to help them get along with each other and ski/ snowboard areas are no exception. If you are a new skier or snowboarder here is a short overview of how to be respectful on the slopes to avoid unnecessary unpleasantness.

Lift Etiquette
Lift etiquette is especially important for skiers, since lifts are designed with you in mind. Boarding and exiting the lift is sometimes a far harder skill for many riders to master than getting down the hill is, so be respectful of this and give riders some leeway. A little preferential treatment on the lift can go a long way towards building goodwill on the slopes.

Skiers, Watch your tips
Remember that boarders ride parallel to their board, so while skiers face front, boarders face to the side – even while standing in lines. Unaware skiers will often run over the back of a rider’s board and sometimes even be standing on top of it when a rider tries to move forward. Both skis and snowboards rely on sharpened edges to carve through powder, so if you’re standing on a rider’s board when they try to move forward, you can cause them to fall and possibly even damage their board. The best way to avoid this is to simply pay attention when standing in lift lines with snowboarders.

Ask a snowboarder before trying to board a lift with them, and if possible, ask which side they would prefer.
Skiers keep both feet firmly in their skis while on the lift, but snowboarders have to remove their back foot from their bindings. Because riders don’t always ride the same way, sometimes their back foot will be the left foot and other times the right. When exiting a lift, this causes riders to sometimes veer left and sometimes veer right. Since they essentially “steer” the board with their back foot, having to remove it severely limits how much control they have over steering.

Don’t cut the line
Even if your friends are just a few people in front of you, don’t cut. If people in front of you are adjusting equipment and create a gap, unless they wave you forward, don’t cut.

Slope Etiquette
Don’t use greens and blues as a speedway
Green and blue slopes are designed with beginners in mind, so they are often smooth runs with a gentle slope. They can be tempting for experienced riders to use like a freeway. Don’t do it. Remember that these slopes are filled with beginners that are already focused on mastering basic skills – and sometimes already nervous or fearful. Having someone zoom by you at what feels like a just a few inches away can shatter confidence and frustrate newbies.

Don’t pee on the slopes
Just don’t. Enough said.

Stop on the sides of a run, not the middle
Whether you need to stop to adjust a binding or just take a quick breather, don’t do it in the middle of the slope where people have to ski or ride around you – or end up crashing in to you. Not only is this dangerous for you, it’s annoying to others.

Pay Attention and Observe the Right-of-Way
Stay alert as you ski or ride. Watch out for other skiers and snowboarders merging onto main trails and pay attention to slower skiers below you.

Some slope etiquette is the same as in the rest of life

  • Don’t litter
  • Don’t smoke on lifts or in gondolas
  • Help out others where you can
  • Don’t harass people from the lifts
  • Don’t be a whiner
 
5 Valentine’s Day Getaways for Couples Who Love Water Sports


Take advantage of romance being in the air in February by planning a terrific water sport getaway. Where you end up going will depend on the type of water sport that you enjoy most.  We realize the time is close but this shouldn’t stop you from planting a home-made ticket in a card that says “TICKETS TO PARADISE.”  Below are some of our favorites.

Tavarua, Fiji
Surfers love visiting Cloudbreak in Tavarua, Fiji. because of the deep sea reef that often produces waves more than 25 feet high. This heart-shaped island contains just 29 acres. In addition to surfing, this getaway is perfect for standup paddleboarding, diving and fishing. This resort also features a skate park designed by Tony Hawk with dedicated areas for novices and professionals. Bring your tennis racket to challenge your friends or join a game of beach volleyball. The all-inclusive resort features great food served on the beach often accompanied by live traditional entertainment. Indulge in a spa treatment at the spa with beautiful views of the water.

Parrot Cay, Turks and Caicos

If you love standup paddleboarding (SUP), then consider Parrot Cay, Turks and Caicos. In addition to SUP, this resort offers daily Pilates classes and yoga right on its beautiful secluded beaches. Other favorite water activities include catamaran sailing, windsurfing, snorkeling and tandem kayaking. Take a dip in the oceanfront infinity pool or just relax on the sunny beaches. Before you leave this beautiful area, make sure to explore it on a mountain bike. Expect to be pampered as there are two staff for every guest at this high-end resort.

Paihia, Bay of Islands, New Zealand

If you love sea kayaking, then make a romantic trip to Bay of Islands, New Zealand. You will find over 150 islands there waiting to be explored. Paddle under a waterfall, explore a quiet river or stop at a secluded beach. Swim with the dolphins. Deep sea fishing is a way of life here. The locals will gladly show you how they do it. Join a sailboat crew for a three-day adventure to see all of the sights while working together as a team and making new friends. Go on an eco-wildlife tour.

Koror, Palau 

Some of the best scuba diving in the world is found in Palau. Koror makes a romantic place to stay in order to explore this country made up of more than 500 islands in the Western Pacific Ocean. Jacques Cousteau declared the Ngemelis Wall dive the best in the world. Dive into Jellyfish Lake containing over 500 non-stinging jellyfish. Visitors also find outstanding kayaking, sailing and snorkeling opportunities here. Away from the water, make sure to take advantage of the great shopping. Make it a point to visit the International Night Market. Visit artists working at several studios.

Ilha Grande, Brazil

If you love to snorkel, then make sure to take a romantic getaway trip to Ilha Grande, Brazil, where you can snorkel among hundreds of seahorses. Explore the underwater cover. Follow a turtle to explore a sunken jungle lying mainly uncharted. This secluded island is a rainforest paradise with miles of paths to be explored to see the unique monkeys in their natural habitats.

 
5 Valentine’s Day Getaways for Winer Sports Lovers


Few things are more romantic than cuddling up to a warm fire with a glass of wine or hot cocoa after a day of hitting the slopes with your partner. With the winter sports enthusiast couple in mind, I wanted to create a list of righteous, yet romantic, Valentine’s Day getaways. Here are five of my favorite Valentine’s Day getaways for couples who love winter sports!

Finger Lakes, New York
The Finger Lakes region is famous for two things: skiing and ice wine. What better way to spend Valentine’s Day than by doing a little of both? The best part is that winter is the slow season for the wineries so you will get a more personal, intimate wine tasting experience than you would in the summer. The Finger Lakes region is also my favorite place to do a little snowshoeing. If you have never tried snowshoeing before, go for it! New adventures make for perfect Valentine’s Day dates.

Breckenridge, Colorado
After a long, exhausting day of skiing, there are few meals that hit the spot better than fondue. At Swiss Haven fondue restaurant located right in the heart of downtown Breckenridge, you can literally “share” the meal with your Valentine. The restaurant also has an adorable “Kissing Custom” where if your date lets their bread fall into the cheese, they must turn to their date and give them a kiss. I know, I know, a little “cheesy” but you are at a fondue restaurant after all. 

Park City, Utah
Park City is a winter sports enthusiast’s dream. Whether you enjoy skiing, cross-country skiing, snowboarding, or even tubing Park City has something to offer you and your loved one. For a romantic evening, ride the gondola up to the St. Regis Deer Valley Resort and enjoy their nightly champagne sabering on the outdoor patio. Get a seat near the gorgeous and ginormous fire pit to stay warm and toasty. The views off their “back porch” are some of the best in town. 

Big Bear, California
I love Big Bear! It’s fun, casual, and relaxed but with lots of great activities to keep you busy and delicious food to keep you energized. One of my favorites parts of Big Bear is the variety of unique, individual cabins you can rent. You can find just the right size and amount of amenities to fit your budget and your definition of romantic. Do you and your partner enjoy rustic cabin accommodations without phones and television sets or impressive log cabin mansions with wine cellars, hot tubs, and theater rooms? Regardless of your preference, Big Bear has a cabin that fits your Valentine’s Day vision. For the couples looking to maximize their time on the slopes, we also recommend the convenience of ski-in-ski-out cabins. Big Bear has plenty to choose from!

Lake Placid
For the extreme winter sports couple that yearns for the adrenaline rush, try bobsledding on Whiteface Mountain with the Lake Placid Bob Sled Experience. The experience includes sledding down an Olympic track with a professional driver and brakeman. If you want to push the limits even further, they also offer a Skeleton Experience. These heart-pounding experiences will create lifetime memories for you and your loved one.

These are just five or my favorite getaways for Valentine’s Day. What getaways would you recommend for a couple that loves winter sports? I would love to hear your suggestions in the comment section below. You never know, your suggestions just might make the top five list next year!

 
Tips for Navigating Mountain Resorts


Planning a trip to a mountain resort is the perfect getaway during snowfall season. Even a couple of days away can be restorative and exciting. However, if you’ve never been to a resort town before or you’ve never gone away for a weekend of skiing, you’ll want to be prepared. Follow these tips for navigating your stay in a mountain resort town.

Snowfall and Snow-Making
If your main reason for visiting a mountain town is to go skiing or snowboarding, find out what type of snowfall the area gets. If they get a lot of snow throughout the season, you won’t have a problem. However, if they don’t tend to get a lot of snowfall, or if there isn’t a lot predicted for the year, you may not have a lot of options when it comes to which runs are open. While most mountains will make their own snow if there isn’t any that’s fallen, this can limit how many runs they’re able to open.

Lift Tickets
Staying in a mountain resort town can put you in close proximity to several different mountains. Do your research to find out where to get the best price on lift tickets. If you purchase your lift ticket at one mountain, you may even be able to use it at another mountain, under specific circumstances. You also may get a better price if you book in advance instead of waiting until you arrive. Also find out when the lifts start running so that you know when you can get started in the morning.

Transportation
While you may be staying in the middle of several mountains, getting to and from those mountains is another story. Many hotels will have free shuttles or gondolas that you can take back and forth. Just make sure that where you’re staying can get you to the mountain of your choice. Also, make sure to find out when they run. You don’t want to get stranded!

Equipment
If you have your own ski equipment, it’s best to bring it with you. There will also be a nearby store where you can purchase or rent ski equipment, but this is going to be more expensive than if you rent or buy equipment elsewhere. Renting or buying within a resort town is usually more expensive. On the other hand, renting your equipment when you arrive is highly convenient, so you’ll want to figure out the best scenario for you. Some shops will let you book your equipment in advance online, which could save you some money.

The Village
Find out what the village is like. You’ll want to know where the general store is and what it’s stocked with. You may need to go out of a town to a bigger grocery store if you didn’t stop there on your way in. Also, keep in mind that some resort areas are extra expensive – the food and toiletries you’ll get in the on-premise general store will likely be pricier than you’re used to. You’ll also want to check out what else the village has to offer and when everything is open.

The Apres-Ski Scene
Some people want to live it up after they come off the slopes, while others want to stay in a peaceful, quiet area where just about everyone turns in early. Check out what type of apres-ski scene the resort has. They may have none at all, which means plenty of down-time, or they may have hopping nightlife, which is great for people who want to experience everything resort life has to offer.

 

 
10 Hacks for Surviving a Day on the Mountains


Having a fun day on the slopes takes more than just putting on skis and choosing a trail. With a few simple hacks, skiers can dramatically improve their experience.

1. Clip Passes to Helmets
It’s common for skiers to clip their passes onto their jackets or pants. While this works, it’s easy to forget to switch the pass when putting on clothes for the day. Since most skiers bring one helmet, clipping the pass to that makes them less likely to forget their passes.

2. Watch Where Those Goggles Go
Skiers should avoid putting their goggles on top of hats or helmets, as this causes them to steam up. If goggles do steam up, one easy way to clean them is placing them underneath those bathroom hand dryers.

3. Loosen Boots on the First Run
When skiers keep their boots a bit loose on their first run, it gets them perfectly centered. For safety, this should only be done on a relaxed first run.

4. Pack Gear in Other Gear
Ski gear takes up quite a bit of luggage space. Putting clothes, glasses, and goggles inside of boots and gloves allows skiers to get the most out of their space. It’s also good for both fragile gear, which gets a layer of protection, and the boots, which maintain their shape because they can’t get crushed.

5. Duct Tape Is Always Useful
Duct tape is versatile and easy to carry around. To save space, skiers can wrap it around their ski pulls. It’s invaluable for patching up tears in jackets or gloves.

6. Carry a Tube of Chapstick
Chapstick is another useful item, and it’s so small that it hardly takes up any space. The obvious use is to protect lips, but skiers can also apply it to the face, the inside of the nostrils, and on blisters or cuts. It’s even good for lubricating a problematic jacket zipper.

7. Use Contact Lens Cases for Small Liquids
It’s a good idea to pack sunscreen and hand lotion for a day at the slopes, but carrying around bottles or tubes is inconvenient. Skiers can save space in their pockets by putting small amounts of liquids in contact lens cases.

8. Mark Gear so It’s Easy to Spot
Looking for gear in a sea of black bags is no fun. Skiers can find their gear much more quickly by marking it. Wrapping a brightly colored bandana or strap around a bag works well, or even simply putting some of the aforementioned duct tape on it.

9. Bring the Right Snacks
The ideal snacks for skiing are those that can handle the cold and are solid enough that they won’t get crushed easily. Apples are an excellent choice, and crackers and sandwiches can both work, as well. Granola bars are another great portable snack, or protein bars for a more nutritious option.

10. Put Tea Bags or Dryer Sheets in Boots Overnight
After a day of absorbing sweat, boots tend to have an odor. Skiers can keep their boots smelling nice every day by placing tea bags or dryer sheets inside them overnight. Both options absorb the odor and leave the boots smelling great in the morning.

Skiers tend to pick up tricks to improve their experience the more they ski. These 10 hacks serve as an excellent starting point.

 
10 Tips for Mastering Snowboarding


Snowboarding can be frustrating at times. It can be disheartening when you feel like you have progressed as far as you can. It doesn’t matter if you are still a beginner or a total pro, there is always room for improvement. Here are a few tips and tricks to help you master the art of snowboarding.

1. Make Sure you Buy the Correct Gear
There are so many different types of boards, boots, bindings, and apparel pieces. It can be easy to purchase something that will not suit your skill level, strengths, and riding style. Research everything extensively before you put down any money.

2. Get Fit
Snowboarding is a super athletic sport and you need to be in your best shape in order to be the best rider you can. When you are working out, you will want to focus most of your attention on your core, legs, and flexibility. Regular exercise can also help you avoid serious muscle and ligament injuries.

3. Visualize
Visualizing new tricks and movements can make all the difference when honing your skills. Picturing yourself succeeding at something new can help you to think through your next move and add some positive reinforcement.

4. Watch Other Riders
There is no better way to learn a new trick than by watching a professional do it, in real life or in videos. This allows you to visualize the trick and analyze and understand how you can do it yourself.

5. Record Yourself Riding
Videotaping yourself riding and reviewing that can help you determine what your strengths are and what you need more work on. Understanding how you ride is crucial to your progress.

6. Ride With People Who are Better Than You
By surrounding yourself with other, more skilled snowboarders, you will be encouraged to get better too. Nobody wants to be the last one down the hill. The friendly competition will keep you learning, progressing, and getting better.

7. Take a Lesson
Even Olympic-level snowboarders take a lesson every know and then. Meeting with an instructor -one on one or with a group- can make a huge difference. Coaches can help you determine what you are doing incorrectly and how to fix it.

8. Push Yourself
Don’t be afraid to take risks. It is important to step out of your comfort zone in order to grow and master snowboarding. Pushing the limits of what you think you can accomplish will help you actually accomplish your goals. That being said, it is also crucial to know when it is unsafe to push yourself, like when you are feeling tired or weather conditions are bad.

9. Practice Everyday
The old saying “practice makes perfect” really is true. By working hard and riding often, you will naturally improve. The more time you spend on the mountain, the more you will learn and the better you will get.

10. Have Fun!
The absolute best way you can improve your snowboarding is to just enjoy yourself. Remember why you started snowboarding in the first place and just have fun!

 
Bindings and Boots and Skis, Oh My

Novice and even some experienced skiers should seek professional help before purchasing equipment. Many make the mistake of buying the hot product or something that just looks good. Enlisting the help of a professional will add to your confidence as you hit the slopes.

Seeking professional help will likely save you time, money, frustration and maybe even a permanently debilitating injury.

Bindings
Ski bindings are often considered an afterthought for many skiers, not as sexy as skis or boots. And that attitude is a huge mistake.

When you fall, correctly set bindings go a long way in injury prevention.

Bindings are comprised of two pieces, at the toe and heel. They must be compatible with your boots and adjusted to match your skier profile. The more advanced skier you are, the higher the required release setting. Junior bindings will have a lower release point than even beginner adults.

The release settings are based on your boot size, age, weight and skiing ability. The adjustments are usually measured in DIN, Deutsche Industire Norm, and typically varies from 3 for beginners to 16 for advanced.

BOOTS
Before buying ski boots, get recommendations from a boot fitter. The fitter will ask you a series of pertinent questions from your abilities to your skiing frequency. If appropriate, bring your old boots, which can provide a pro with invaluable information on your needs, including boot size and flex.

Many inexperienced skiers purchase boots based on looks, so they match the outfits, or on a recommendation from a skiing buddy who thought they were the best boots ever made. Do not make this mistake. Think of your boots as being as individual as a fingerprint. What might be perfect for your ski partner could be a huge mistake for you.

Without professional assistance, most novice skiers get boots that are the wrong size. Buying ski boots is more involved than purchasing street shoes. Again, ask a professional at Ski Pro.

SKIS
So many variables go into finding the right skis. Of course, start with your ski level, then the type of skier you are. Do you crave speed? Or do you prefer just to feel confident as you weave downhill? While ski conditions change greatly throughout the season, pick skis that will work best on where you ski the most often, not for that upcoming once-in-a-lifetime trip to the Alps. As with the ski boots, never buy the “hot product” because the Olympic champion skier uses it. That has no bearing on whether or not it is right for you.

Due to technology, selecting the correct ski length is much more complicated than in years past. Longer skis give you more stability, but at the expense of maneuverability. Other factors to consider are where you will be skiing, are frequency of skiing, and the skier’s height. Waist width will also go a long way in determining maneuverability.

While cost is always a consideration, you probably don’t need the most expensive gear . And be most careful with perceived bargains. The cheapest is not always the least expensive.

 
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Recovering from a Day on the Mountains: Our Favorite Splurges

A skiing vacation can be the perfect break that you need to reconnect with nature, spend time with loved ones and relax. After spending a day on the slopes, it is important to splurge in the right ways at night. The whole time you are on your skiing vacation, make sure that you are fueling the body with a proper diet. Enjoy a short ice bath after a day on the slopes to quick start healing of any muscle damage you have done. Finally, head to the massage therapist for a great treatment.

Fuel Your Body with Proper Nutrition
Strenuous skiing can burn up to 1,000 calories in an hour. Therefore, it is important that you fuel your body properly throughout the day. Start by eating breakfast as your body needs the fuel to start muscles working properly and get your brain alert. Do not skip lunch but opt for a meal containing carbohydrates, a lean protein and a healthy fat. Make sure to eat some more protein, carbohydrates and a healthy fat at night because it helps to reduce soreness, improves your next day’s performance and decreases recovery time. Stay well hydrated and avoid most alcohol. Most ski lifts have a water station very nearby where free water is available.

Relax in an Ice Bath
After a day of skiing fun, you may be very tempted to head straight for the hot tub. Instead, stop in your room long enough to take a bath in water that is between 54 and 60 degrees Fahrenheit for six to eight minutes. If you use a thermometer, then remember that the water jets when activated actually makes the water colder than the thermometer reads in many cases. Doing this helps to flush toxins out of the body, reduces swelling and helps limit further damage by constricting blood vessels. Once the body starts to return to normal temperature, then the increased blood flow helps increase circulation causing the body to heal faster.

 

Enjoy a Sport’s Massage

There are many advantages to a great ski massage. The process helps to relax and stretch out tight and tired muscles, increases flexibility and improves circulation causing the body to heal faster. Research from the US Ski and Snowboard Association suggests that it is important that the massage focus on the peroneus longus, the glutes and the quads. Many massage therapist often skip working on the glutes because some people are very uncomfortable. This is a vital area because stopping muscle tightness here can help relief back and thigh pain. Combining a great massage with relaxing aromatherapy helps ensure that you get a great night’s sleep which is also vital to helping the body be ready for the next day on the slopes.

Enjoy your winter skiing adventure by taking some simple precautions. Avoid fried foods opting instead for a healthier alternative, hop in a quick ice bath to speed start recovery and have a sport’s massage. If you follow these three simple steps each day, you will have a marvelous pain-free vacation that leaves you wanting more.

 
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How to Pack For a Winter Vacation in the Mountains

Winter is arguably the best of times to visit Arizona’s great ski slopes. With a lot of seasonal events, as well as an outstandingly beautiful and serene snowy scenery, Arizona’s great ski slopes offer the perfect location if you are looking for a fun getaway for your entire family during the winter months. Unfortunately, most of those interested in taking a winter vacation high in the mountains do not know what they need to bring along. As such, listed below is a simple and convenient packing guide we put together to help you in your preparations for the trip.

1. Prepare for all temperatures
In the great Arizona ski slopes, the winter weather can vary greatly from one day to the other, and at times during the same day. As from December through to February, the low temperatures often are in the high 20s while the average high temperatures are in the low 50s. However, the degrees in these sloping mountains are known to reach 70 on some winter days. On the other hand, the temperatures in these very mountains can get to as low as 20°F, particularly in the highest elevations.

As such, preparing for every possible temperature by dressing in layers is the most viable option. Depending on the temperature, dressing in layers allows you to either take off or add on clothes throughout the day. For instance, although you can start your day with an early morning hike while dressed in your heaviest jacket, enjoying a cup of coffee in the afternoon with only a sweater on is entirely possible. Some ideal items to pack for layering include:

• Thermal underwear
• Light jacket
• Winter coat
• Sweaters
• Cardigans
• Jeans
• T-shirts

2. Include warm socks and practical shoes when packing
Whether it is hiking up one of the beautiful trails or taking a casual stroll through the White Mountains, most vacations in the great Arizona ski slopes feature a lot of walking. Although having a good pair of shoes throughout is of significant importance, it is vital during the winter since ice or snow usually make the ground slippery. As such, you should ensure you bring a comfortable pair of sturdy and water-resistant hiking boots or shoes, preferably the type that has good arch support. Remembering to bring along many pairs of warm socks is also of uttermost importance. You should, however, try as much as you can to avoid socks made from cotton or wool since it usually takes them a long time to dry once they get wet. Instead, you should pack socks made from Dri-FIT material since they are water-resistant.

3. Remember to include these commonly forgotten items
A lot of people seem to forget a few things when packing for a winter vacation in the mountains. Make sure you make an effort to remember the following items:

Bathing suit: You might be wondering why you would need a bathing suit for a winter vacation in the mountains. Most of the cabins offered by the ski resorts around Arizona’s ski slopes come with luxurious outdoor hot tubs. You need to have a suit if you intend to take a nice warm hot tub soak. You might also want to bring along some swimwear in case you end up staying at one of the cabins that feature indoor pools.

Sunscreen: Although it might also seem like a strange item to bring along on a winter vacation, sunscreen is a must if you will be spending time outdoors. While it might not be warm outside, you can still get sunburn from UV rays. Putting on some sunscreen before heading out on a hike is, therefore, recommended.

Lip balm: Because the cold winter wind might leave your lips feeling dry and chapped, packing a few tubes of lip balm to ensure you stay moisturized is advisable.

 

 
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A Brief Intro to Winter Sports

Winter is coming, and that means that it’s time to get ready for winter sports. They can be a little bit intimidating for people who have never tried them before, but it’s worth it to take the plunge because they offer the best chance to get outside and enjoy the snow during the chilly winter months. There are a lot of different sports to choose from, so it’s a good idea to take a moment to think about them before deciding which one sounds like the best idea.

Alpine Skiing
Alpine, or downhill, skiing is one of the most famous winter sports. It’s also fairly simple to get started. New skiers need a set of skis with fixed bindings and a set of appropriate clothing. The warm clothes will also be suitable for most other winter sports, so they’re an excellent investment even for people who aren’t sure that they will want to go skiing more than once. Most people also choose to wear a helmet when skiing for additional protection, and this is especially important for people who are still learning how to ski.

It may seem simple to go down a hill on skis, but it’s a little bit harder than it looks. New skiers should start on easy courses, and make sure that get help from an instructor or an experienced skier to make sure that they don’t run into any major accidents.

Cross-Country Skiing
Skiers aren’t restricted to downhill courses. Cross-country skiing is a great way to get exercise during the winter, and it’s particularly good choice for people who like to stop and look at the scenery. Cross-country skiing is the oldest form of skiing and it forms the basis for several other sports, such as the winter biathlon, so it’s a good place to get started with winter sports.

The equipment is similar to that of alpine skiing, but the details are different. Cross-country skis tend to be lighter than alpine skis, and most skiers use different binding systems to connect their boots to the skis. Warm clothing is still vital, and a helmet is still a very good idea for novices.

Snowboarding
Snowboarding is a relatively modern sport. Many snowboarders go down slopes just like alpine skiers, but the sport is more famous for performance tricks. Those tricks take a long time to learn, but they can be very impressive after some practice. Snowboarding can be a little more dangerous that other winter sports, so starting out with a good instructor and taking things slow is especially important for avoiding accidents.

In addition to the clothing that is required for every winter sport, snowboarders need to pick their board, boots, and bindings. There are a lot of different kinds, but novices don’t need to worry too much about the details. They matter for advanced techniques, but the most important thing for a new snowboarder is getting gear that fits well.

Snowmobiling
Snowmobiling is the sport for people who want to enjoy the great outdoors in winter without worrying about athletics. Racing is also an option for people with a competitive urge. Even people who aren’t interested in recreational snowmobiling can still benefit from a little bit of practice, since snowmobiles are so useful for getting around in winter.

There are a lot of different snowmobiles available, and it’s important to pick the right one for the job. Racers need to worry about speed, but most other people can go as fast as necessary on any snowmobile. Comfort and durability are usually more important, so it’s best to take the snowmobile for a test drive if possible. Protective gear is also necessary, including a padding suit and a helmet. People who go snowmobiling in the wilderness should also make sure that they have navigational gear with them at all times. That may seem like a lot, but preparation will make the difference between having a fun day in the snow and spending the night lost in the woods.

 

 
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