Euro Ski Vacation

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There are plenty of great places to ski in North America. In the Rocky Mountains, you can enjoy steep and deep terrain to your heart’s content. In the Pacific Northwest, you can enjoy some monster snowfall at places such as Mt. Baker. In the Canadian Rockies, you can see some incredibly jaw droppingly beautiful scenery at places like Banff and Lake Louise. However, there are always new experiences to be had. Why not try somewhere different?

If you are looking for something that is posh and has a sophisticated vibe, you will definitely want to think about going to Europe for your next ski vacation. The Alps are a vast system of large mountains, and there are plenty of awesome resorts that can host you for your next ski adventure. Read on to find out some more details of planning your Euro ski trip to make it a reality,



Of course, Switzerland should definitely be on your radar if you are interested in skiing Europe. It is located in the heart of the Alps and has plenty of mountains and resorts to satisfy your needs. Also, it has that old Swiss charm that is irresistible. Places that you should check out include Zermatt as well as some other great resorts and mountains.


Of course, you can also not pass up France as a ski destination. In addition to great skiing and mountains, the culture of France is something that you cannot miss. Ski to your heart’s content during the day, and enjoy incredible food and wine at night. You can’t lose!

Getting Ready for the Mountain

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If you have already chosen your ski destination, you might want to make sure that you are properly ready to enjoy your awesome ski vacation with your ski club. One of the ways to thoroughly enjoy the skiing experience is to make sure that you can be physically prepared for the mountain. There are several ways to do this, and this post is aimed at helping you establish some exercises for having the best ski time of your life.



Probably the best thing that you can do for yourself and your friends is to make sure that you will be able to breathe and function properly at a higher altitude. This is especially important for those who live in places where it is flat or where you might be very close to sea level. The best way to do this is to make sure that your cardio is at the peak level of performance. This can be achieved through a variety of methods, but I suggest that you switch things up for you and your group. For example, you can schedule a group run on Monday and Tuesday and then on Wednesday do some jump rope activities. This will allow you to be exposed to the different kinds of stresses that skiing gives you and will make you have the best physical preparedness for your trip. In this way, you won’t be completely winded and breathless after your first two runs down the mountain (hopefully).

Working out on your property

If you are fortunate enough to have a large enough property to work out on, then by all means, make sure that you do so! However, if your area is too wooded for clear exercising, you may need to find out land clearing rates. However, don’t you worry. There are plenty of businesses that can do this for you. You may be wondering how to find a licensed and insured company. Again, don’t fret one bit. I’ll give you the scoop!

If you use your favorite search engine, you can find a plethora of businesses that can help you find your ski preparation work space for a low cost. If you type in your area, you can be sure to locate the right business that can do all of your tending for fruit arbors or other kinds of arbor care and removal.

Remember, you have the land to work out on, so by all means, master it and make it yours so you can be ready for the mountain. Good luck!

Planning a Ski Trip


skiirIf you’re looking for a great time to enjoy the snow, the mountains, and the amazing outdoors, then you are definitely looking for an awesome ski trip. However, a lot of people do not know where to start. There are so many mountains and resorts out there, and the choices can be dizzying. So how can you know which resort is right for you? How do you know you are going to pick the exact resort and mountain that is going to give you an amazing ski outing? Well, this post is aimed at making your dreams a reality with helping you decide which ski resort to choose. Read on to find out more!

Doing your research

There are many things to take into account when you are planning a ski trip. For example, you need to know your ability of skiing and also the ability of your friends that might be going with you. There are also many other aspects of your ski trip that you need to consider.


There are tons of resorts that exist, and they all have different prices for different levels of luxury during the skiing experience. If you are looking for a very lavish and luxurious ski trip, then you should look at resorts that are very highly rated for there posh amenities and such. However, if your budget is lower, than you might be more interested in smaller or locally owned resorts that will allow you to afford a great ski trip.


Buying Powder Skis

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There is one thing that all true skiers dream about at night: powder. That glorious fluffy white stuff is the closest we skiers can get to riding on a cloud. As a result, skiers throughout history have been known to do crazy things to get a chance to cruise through some swaths of powder. If you are new to the skiing game, you may not be able to relate to the craze that some of these veteran skiers have, but once you get a taste of powder, you will soon be a powder hound too. If you have recently found out about the joys of skiing through powder, you might be considering buying skis made especially for skiing in deep snow. This is important because if you just use regular skis or even all purpose skis, you might run the risk of sinking or not being able to handle yourself in powder as well. This article will point out the best qualities to look for when buying a powder skis.


Width is everything!

When it comes to getting skis for powder, the main thing that you will need to look for is the width of the ski. Essentially, this is how it works: the wider the ski, the better you will be able to float on top of the powder. To give you an idea, some powder skis are almost as wide as some waterskis! Anyway, a good width to look for in powder skis is anywhere between 115 and 130 mm.

Skiing Terrain


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If you’ve ever skied on a big mountain before, you might be wondering how these resort owners and developers manage to tame and cultivate such a wild mountain. This is quite a valid question as some of the runs on these mountains are very incredible. From having chairlifts that are high speed that rapidly transport you up the mountain to very pleasant runs that allow you to casually cruise down the mountain, ski resorts are kind of a marvel of the intersection between nature and human development. This article will discuss below some of the aspects of mountain grooming.

Terrain features


What is surprising about moguls is that they can form in different ways. One way is the natural way. After a lot of fresh snow, skiers going through the same path down the mountain can carve little depressions in the snow, creating large mounds of untouched snow. If this pattern continues, then moguls can naturally form. The other way is through artificial placement of snow or mountain so that moguls will appear after any kind of snowfall. Either way, moguls are a great way to challenge your skiing abilities.


A lot of the time, cliffs happen naturally. They are usually just part of the mountain’s formation. However, steeps are usually patrolled and tested by a ski resort to determine how safe they are. For example, some cliffs are completely safe to ski off of with proper training. Others have a nasty landing or will put the skier directly in a glade, which can be dangerous.


Glades are swath of trees or a small forest that you can ski through. Oftentimes, these are just patches of trees that a skier will just happen upon. However, sometimes these glades can be too thick for skiers to navigate. In this case, sometimes the mountain will choose to hire a commercial tree company in order to thin out the glade and make it skiable. Obviously, this can depend heavily on the budget that the trail run has been allotted. As a result, it’s important for the trail designers and maintainers to know what’s the cost for land clearing. Finally, even though resorts desire to feature glades on their mountain, they know that they have to respect nature and be sure not to harm ecosystems or certain coniferous trees on the mountain. In fact, many trail run designers are trained about proper care for fruit trees (the fruit being the pine cone for coniferous trees) so as to be good stewards of the environment.

Skiing at Mt Baker

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When it comes to skiing in the steep and deep, there are a lot of places that you can go. For example, if you are looking at the Rocky Mountains, you can ski in the unique and signature champagne powder in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. If you are in Utah, you can go to the Cottonwoods and ski the incredibly challenging terrain at Alta or Snowbird. However, if you are just looking at getting waist deep in massive amounts of snow, look no further than Mt. Baker, Washington.

PNW gem

Mt. Baker, Washington is located in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. This part of the country is known for high amounts of precipitation, especially rain. However, since Mt Baker is at such a high altitude, that copious amount of rainfall turns into snow and translates into an incredibly awesome time for skiiers and snowboarders.


Another incredible thing about Baker is the challenging terrain. In addition to massive amounts of snow, skiiers and snowboarders alike can enjoy great glades, moguls, and steep terrain. For those who are feeling adventurous, there is also a good amount of back country available on the mountain, so go ahead and duck under that rope!

Mount Baker does not have a lot of hotels or any kind of resort vibe, so if you are looking for that sort of thing, you might want to find another place to ski. However, if you like a lot of snow and great terrain, then this great Pacific Northwest mountain is for you!

A Short Intro to Skiing


What does it take to be a great skier? It’s a question I ask my self on a daily bases. The greats will tell you it’s takes practice and will power. But what if there is no where  to practice, then my friends perhaps you aren’t look hard enough.

The Course

Now permitting that you live or own land one slope that’s snows (sure you can buy a snow machine if you are that determined) but 1st you my mats nice your land. Tress my prove to be s fun object but to many are a receptive for disaster. Contact a service to remove the majority of the foliage from your path to be safe. Brightly colored markers or flags will do fine at guiding you on your home made practice course. Be sure check with your local safety department to make your are not in avalanche territory and also to consult them while planing your course. Now that you have a course you need your starter gear.

The Gear

The most important and piece of equipment is about the skies, go for a set around  30cm shorter than you height. After that you will need a set of boots to match. While they may be uncomfortable at first it is only because they need to be tight enough to prevent snow form entering. However; be careful that there is not so tight as to constrict blood flood. A sturdy winter coat, a set of snow pants, a pair or long under, and some nice warm gloves should have you set for the slopes, happy skiing.
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Ancient Skiing Communities

A lot of people think that because the name ‘ski’ has Scandinavian origins that skiing was invented there, but, as it turns out, there is historical evidence that skiing is a much older activity than its name or the Scandinavian countries most people think it came from. In fact, there are TWO cultures that can lay claim to the activity.

The Russians have been skiing since 6300 BCE

Yes, you read that right: the Russians have been skiing since about anywhere from 6300-5000 BCE. About 1,200 kilometers north of Moscow, at a place called Lake Sindor, archaeologists have uncovered fragments of ski-like instruments that date back that far, the implication being pretty obvious: the Russians have been learning how to survive in the Arctic conditions of Siberia for a long, long time. But, truth be told, there’s another culture that has probably been skiing even longer…

Chinese have been skiing for 10,00 years

Yep, it’s the Chinese who have actually been skiing the longest – and that sort of makes sense, that the country with the highest geological feature, the Himalayan Mountains, would have the culture that’s been learning to traverse that feature for the longest. We think the Chinese have been skiing for that long because archaeologists have found paintings that old showing ski-like instruments being used by aboriginal tribes in a region of China called the Altaic.

So, even though the Scandinavians have given the activity it’s name on the world stage, the Chinese and then the Russians have been doing it longer.

The Hidden Meanings in the Word “Ski”

I’ve found that many people that I come across in the course of my life really don’t care about the origins or meanings of words, but I find them really fascinating. Every day, every person across the world is using a system of language that has a history that, in most cases, spans across millenia. The way we communicate as humans helps not just to differentiate us from the rest of the animal kingdom, but also helps differentiate the myriad cultures around the world. Each word has a deep history that channels the combined knowledge of your culture. Words are fascinating!

Let’s talk about the word ‘ski’

The etymology (that’s the study of words, for the uninitiated) for the word ‘ski’ is really fascinating. Although the activity is much, much older than Old Norse, the modern word ‘ski’ comes from Old Norse, from the word ‘skíð’, which means “stick of wood.” In Norwegian today, skíð is used in a bunch of different ways. For example, you would use it if you were describing the action for splitting wood to build a fire, or describing a fence made of wooden rails.

What I find really fascinating about this is that the word actually describes the tool used to do the activity, instead of the activity itself. When a person says they’re skiing, they’re not actually describing what they’re doing – they’re just telling you what tools they’re using. Here we are walking around with a general understanding of the word ‘ski,’ but once you dig down, it means something entirely different than what we think! Fascinating!