A majority of people who go on skiing trips and vacations aren’t accustomed to the environment and hardships of skiing. Sure, it is fun and there are activities that go hand in hand with the good feeling of being on the slopes. But, even people who have never gone on the slopes know that skiing is harmful because everyone knows people who have harmed themselves while they were on a skiing trip or vacation. There could be even more to think about if you’re skiing far out away from any civilization, so to speak. So, just to be on the safe side, we will be talking about three safety tips that you should think about. It’s better to be prepared and not need it than the other way around.
You don’t want to rush out there and get the first thing you see – this can be said of any ski equipment, but most importantly you need to make sure you get the correct skis. If not, you could have serious difficulties picking up the techniques. Furthermore if you rush out and get the most expensive skis or what you have been told are the best ones, you could end up being labelled as ‘all the gear no idea.’ Not a great start to any budding skier.
But the newest feature in modern skis is rocker. I have to admit that rocker in a ski does not make sense to me logically. But that does not mean it does not work. I tried my instructors K2 Hardsides last year which are similar to my Coombas with rocker in the tip.
During this time of year, you can bet that the Lutsen area is covered with fresh, white powder. The skyward reaching evergreens are topped with a thick coat of snow and the untouched drifts of blown fluff present quality photo opportunities. The photo to the right is a wonderful example of the images one might capture on their trip. Not far from Grand Marais and the Gunflint Trail, which I profiled as the #2 destination, Lutsen is just minutes from acres and acres of some of the most beautiful scenery in the country, if you are in need of more than what surrounds your lodge.
Powderhounds on the other hand need a longer, fatter ski, which will enable them to float on top of the powder. Though many best all mountain skis still provide sidecuts, the radius isn’t nearly as dramatic.
Many backcountry “cat skiing” lodges offer double-occupancy bedrooms complete with private ensuite baths. They have cozy and comfortable sitting areas, dining halls with cathedral ceilings, drying rooms for boots and outside clothing, games rooms, well-stocked bars and “commercial” kitchens. They offer exercise areas, video players, satellite telephones, perhaps a computer with Internet access and, of course, a well-stocked bar. Guests can enjoy a social drink and spectacular views while luxuriating in an outdoor hot tub, and then step right to their bedrooms for a shower or a nap.
The Ski instructors use the term “tip dive” to describe how traditional Downhill skis may plunge into the powder, causing the skier to perform an unintended somersault. In the past, this factor lead to the misconception that you need to lean towards the back of your skis when skiing powder. The powder ski’s reverse camber turns the tips upward, preventing tip diving and face plants.
When it comes to skiing, so many people are intimidated by the soft and fluffy. It may be a fear of falling and not being able to get up, it may be a fear of twisting a knee, or it may just be a fear of failure and or embarrassment. Whatever the fear is, there is path to conquer it. If you permit your fears to deny you the pleasure of powder skiing, it’s time to move them over and allow the blissful, sweet powder to lightly puff into your face and experience a new sensation that you will find no where else.
The Waist width is the key distinguishing factor between powder and downhill skis. The Downhill skis are shaped and curvy for carving. Their waists range from 65 to 80 mm. These small waists, combined with wider tips and tails, is called as the side cut. A deep side cut enables the skis to sink into and can carve the snow during the turn. In powder, you do not want your skis to sink into the snow, which is why best all mountain skis, often called fat or “phat” skis, have waist widths ranging from 100 to 130 mm. The wider width enables them to float on the top of the snow.
I plan to test rockered skis on a powder day at Mammoth Mountain soon. What skis do you suggest for an expert skier, 53 years old, 160 pounds, who skis Mammoth Mountain 80+ days a year? Please give me your advice so I can share it with the visitors to this blog, OK? And I will share what I learn when I demo skis at Mammoth Mountain.
If you are just getting your feet wet with skiing you will want to definitely use the easiest trail. By far the easiest trail for beginners or for those looking to see if they remember how to ski is the Green Acres trail. It is a pretty short trail, which make it great for beginners. And it is close to both The Village at Copper and East Village. Another shorty trail is the Loverly beginner trail.
Getting up in the powder starts just like getting up from any other fall, first, get your skis below you and together. Step two is to stand up (not an easy feat at the best of times). To make it a bit easier, take your poles, put them together and use them as a brace to push yourself up. If you lose your skis, create a platform in the snow, level and flat, oriented across the slope for which to put your skis back on.
Whatever kind of skiing you choose to pursue this season, you will have a blast on the slopes! Skiing is a sport that continues to gain momentum and popularity around the world. Hundreds of years ago, skis were invented to give people a convenient way to travel across snow in winter weather. Today, it skiing has evolved into one of the most popular and enjoyable sports in the world. So what are you waiting for? Grab your brand new skis and get out there!