Category Archives: Skiing

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,

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Switzerland

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.

France

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!

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.

Price

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.

 

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.

Terrain

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

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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!