about skiingThe snow was deep, the trails smoothly groomed, and the sun brilliant in a cloudless blue sky. It was an ideal winter day to be carving linked turns.

The mountain should have been crowded, the lift lines filled with impatient skiers. But the runs were packed with powder, not with skiers, and even the most impatient couldn’t growl at a two-minute wait to board a swinging chair.

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Skiing instruction for allThe never-ever has three choices in learning how to ski:

1. Let a friend teach you.

2. Start with ski school lessons.

3. Study learn-to-ski manuals or watch the newest teaching tool, videocassettes - a couple are listed in the appendices - with guidance both for beginners and advanced skiers.

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Extreme SkiingWe’ve all gasped at pictures of skiers leaping off cliffs, plunging down snowy bluffs, hurtling between rocks from one patch of snow to another, or skiing a gradient so steep it’s impossible for any human to survive. But they’re doing it.

Who? The extreme skiers.

Of course, we seldom see personally those skiers ignoring all the laws of gravity to ski the unbelievable,

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Kids on SkisWedge your kid’s feet into ski boots, lock them onto a pair of skis, and, sooner or sometime in the near future, a hoary joke will become a reality.

Here’s how it happened in the Gordon family: We were on a ski holiday, enjoying the snow-clad, soaring mountains at Colorado’s Steamboat Springs. A powerful, short storm swept across the area one day, dumping more than a foot of powdery snow. The next morning we were up early, hustling to catch the first lifts, dazzled by the thought of hitting snow that the plows were quickly packing down on all but the black and doubleblack pitches.

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women's skiingYes, women do ski differently than men. Which, of course, has no bearing whatsoever upon their ability to ski. Women race. Women ski the extreme. Women range from klutzes to superb experts. Even as men do.

But because of their slightly different physical structure, they also ski a bit differently than men do. The differences are small - but important.

Men have a narrow pelvis and legs that sort of bow out at the knees. Women usually have a wider pelvis, a lower center of gravity, and knees that bow slightly in.

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Skiing togetherTo some, the thought of hurtling down perilous mountains on skis, always on the edge of danger, may be the reason for taking up the sport. To others, living on the edge of danger through skiing may be a fascinating concept, but in reality it’s the very reason they don’t head for the slopes.

Even a casual discussion with your nonskiing friends or mine about why they don’t take up the sport

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Whistler/Blackcomb - Part 1

Put two great ski mountains side by side, each with more than 5,000 feet of vertical - the most in North America - and you’ve got the first hint of what it’s…

ENJOY, ENJOY

A few months after the death of her husband, Joan accepted an invita - tion from her son to celebrate her 68th birthday at Steamboat Springs in the towering…

Enjoying Winter

A reason adults often cite for why they’re not involved with the challenge, thrills, and pleasure of skiing is that they “hate the cold.” I, too, hate being…

Information

European tourist offices can provide you with general information, as well as specific information about individual resorts. Contact them at: Austrian tourist…

Whistler/Blackcomb - Part 2

It’s impossible to go hungry at Whistler/Blackcomb. Between them the two areas have 15 on-mountain cafeterias, pizza parlors, and restaurants, ranging from the…

Disabled Competitions

Ski competitions for both standing and sitting skiers are held throughout the country and in Europe. Both Aspen Highlands and Mount Hood Meadows ski resorts…