Skiing and Snowboarding: It’s all Downhill from Here
Sport. Recreation. Transportation. Skiing and snowboarding are all these things. Skiing’s history can be traced back to more than 4,000 years ago, and snowboarding about 40 years. These wintry pastimes offer both beginner fun and the satisfaction of a lifetime of improvement and achievement.
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Even if you are only able to hit the slopes a few times each year, you don’t have to sit around and let your skills deteriorate during the downtime. There are plenty of ski and snowboard tips on the Internet that can keep you on the upslope of the learning curve.
- Although there are good resources online to introduce you to the sports of skiing and snowboarding, no amount of time online can replace solid mountain experience, and the eye of an attentive instructor. Just about every mountain and resort has professional instructors who can help you improve no matter what your level. Newbies especially should consider a private or group lesson before making that first solo run down the mountain.
- You’ll find a great deal of videos and “tutorials” online but please place these in context. No matter how nonchalant the trickster may seem, she most likely invested years in preparation and training, something you should do before attempting that trick yourself.
For ski instruction …
covers a great deal of ski theory and implementation. You’ll find print instruction for many aspects of skiing, including beginning to ski and skiing off-piste, as well as a number of video and photo lessons from two engaging ski instructors.
For snowboarding instruction …
features great animated tutorials for basic skills and more advanced tricks, accessible from the “Learn Snowboarding Online” box on the right of the page. For more information on all aspects of snowboarding, explore the articles on the homepage or on the navigation bar under the “Info” tab.
The San Diego Union-Tribune
brings you a very barebones introduction to the basics of snowboarding. The accompanying illustrations under “Snowboarding 101” are particularly helpful for the novice.
For alpine boarding instruction …
has help for the novice and the expert in alpine snowboarding. Not all the articles have illustrations but they skillfully take you through the beginning stages of this intense sport. For more advanced technical aspects, take a look at the “Tech Articles” section on the left navigation bar.
The Carver’s Almanac 2007
is an authoritative site that can help you with all aspects of alpine boarding including equipment, style and technique, safety tips, and a directory of resorts around the world.
For snow sports health, safety, and fitness …
lays out a regimen of at-home fitness exercises to help condition your body for snowboarding. Many of the routines have accompanying photographs to help ensure you have the proper form. Use the left navigation bar and the lists at the bottom of the page to explore all the workouts on this site.
takes a sober and professional look at ski and snowboard injuries. The site provides statistics and scientific and laymen information on the types of injuries these snow sports typically involve. Learn how you can avoid becoming one of the statistics you see on these pages. In the “Links” section you’ll also find numerous safety and health resources for skiers and snowboarders.
Midwest Skijorers Club
has the sport for you if you’ve ever been skiing and thought, “If only my dog was here … pulling me.” Also known to use horses, and to replace the skis with bikes, scooters, or their own two feet, this club is unconventional indeed.
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