History and Rules of Skiing and Snowboarding

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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.

History and Rules of Skiing and Snowboarding

Skiing and snowboarding are made up of many types of competitions. The odd terminology of the two sports might confuse beginners but the sites below will lay out the rich history and robust world of the two.

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  • It’s hard to say definitively what the “rules” of skiing and snowboarding are. Not only do rules vary between competitions and organizations but even safety rules and practices differ slightly from country to country. It’s all about context.
  • It is the skier/snowboarder’s responsibility to understand the law of the land. When gliding down unknown trails, do not assume that what is appropriate at home is OK on the new terrain.
  • Check the sites in the “What are the major governing bodies of skiing and snowboarding?” section of this guide for information on the various rules used for each league and organization.

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Skiing and Snowboarding Associations

Skiing and snowboarding competitions and rankings are governed by a variety of organizations at the international, national, and local levels. Rules and competition style can differ among these groups. Here you’ll find listings for the major international and American organizations.

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  • Because of the scattered nature of ski and snowboard organizations, usually the best place to find statistics and rankings for competitors is on the relevant organization’s site.
  • Unlike the National Basketball Association or Major League Baseball, most ski and snowboard associations are built from the ground up, and rely on a large competitor base to function. If you want to start competing, at any level, explore the sites below for opportunities.

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Skiing News and and Analysis

Skiing and snowboarding are seasonal pastimes but they don’t have to be seasonal passions. Even in the off season, news, blogs, discussion, and multimedia on the Internet can keep you going until that first snowfall.

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  • Many ski and snowboard magazine sites contain a lot of multimedia content, including videos on the homepages. If you have a slower Internet connection, it might be difficult to view some of these sites.

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Becoming a Better Skier or Snowboarder

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.

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  • 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.

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Buying Skiing and Snowboarding Equipment

Having the right ski and snowboard equipment is crucial for your enjoyment and safety on the mountain. You’re tucked into your gear for long periods of time and under extreme conditions, so the right fit and settings are of paramount importance. There’s no substitute for a test ride or a stroll in boots and other gear but the sites below can help point you in the right direction for the gear you need to get on the slopes.

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  • There are many deals to be had online but with ski and snowboard equipment, fit is everything. Try out the gear you’re interested in at a local brick-and-mortar store, and then go online to find the cheapest price.
  • Every ski and board maker has his own unique style and theory of equipment, and many avid skiers and snowboarders tend to stick to one company they find works best for them.
  • The top-of-the-line equipment for a professional is not necessarily the best equipment for a beginner. If you’re new to the slopes, getting on the same skis as your favorite Olympian could be very dangerous. Shop for your level, and you’ll be happy on the slopes.

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Ski and Snowboarding Trips

Skiing and snowboarding require many things but perhaps none more important than a mountain covered in snow. Finding that mountain requires a bit of planning, preparation, and know-how. The sites below can help you find resort listings and reviews, snow condition reports, and guides to some of the lesser-known areas to get your snow on.

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  • Most ski areas don’t bother updating their snow reports during the off season (how many times can they say “dry as a whistle?”), so don’t be put off by the lack of activity on some of the weather and snow report sites. They will return!
  • User-generated reviews are invariably tied to the reviewer’s level of experience and preferences, so take the reviews with a grain of salt.

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