Off-Snow Training

As a skier I had advanced, after a couple winters, to almost feeling comfortable on any blue trail and occasionally to skiing a black trail - if it was groomed - but I still suffered from one major problem. I fell too damn much.

My falls came despite

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Suddenly, as though hit by an implosion of awareness, a satori in the richest sense of Zen - an eastern philosophy I’d studied briefly when stationed in Japan after an old war - I realized I’d been doing exactly what my companion had said. My mind clutched the mountain while I tried to free myself from it and ski. This mental holding on was a manifestation of the fear

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When the ski season and I finally got together on the slopes that winter, I found myself unexpectedly skiing with the same sense of balance that I’d studied in T’ai Chi classes. Down-flowing, ever-shifting balance. From the naval. Flowing easily with the snow. Not soaring. Not flying. But becoming one with

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The ultimate proof that the acceptance of the now through Zen, and that the meaning of inner balance through T’ai Chi, had moved me to a level
of skiing I’d never attained before came on a National Standard Race (NASTAR) course. Three or four times each season, for several years, I’d run timed

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Skiers are made in summer, not bom in winter.

Or, to put it another way: Those who are seized with a desire to try skiing, or skiers who want to improve their skills on the snowy slopes, should take advantage of the wide range of summer activities that will not only

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Now, let’s look at physical conditioning.

Almost any sport, or workout, will do a lot to keep those muscles tuned and tingling. Pursue any that appeals to you - tennis, backpacking, handball, in-line skating, swimming, brisk walking, bicycling, rock climbing, or golf - and you’ve met the first requirement of conditioning.

Remember: It’s important to keep those muscles working on a regular

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Physical activities that improve your dynamic motion skills as well as strengthening muscles, heart, and lungs are the most beneficial to improving your skiing.

For example, you’re rafting Idaho’s roaring South Fork of the Salmon River. It’s strenuous, exciting, and dynamic, but the dynamism belongs to the raft leader, not the paddlers. He tells you when and how to respond.

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These dynamic skills aren’t really a part of rafting large, stable craft.

Bicycling utilizes dynamic motion control, most noticeably similar to skiing dynamics when you’re puffing and pumping up hills and down slopes on a mountain bike.

In-line skating is a great lesson in the dynamics of motion. Snow Country magazine is particularly enthusiastic about it - Lisa

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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…

Mountain Manners

in Kids
However, the fact that they did spend time in various ski schools did not eliminate what I feel keenly is the responsibility of all parents of kids on the…

Nonskiing Necessities

in Kids
Apres-ski boots: These are an important adjunct on a ski trip. The best are those that slip on quickly and are both warm and tolerably lightweight. Laceup…

CROSS-COUNTRY

The ancient grandfather of alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, is alive, healthy, and more popular than at any time in his 4,000-year history. True, no longer…

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…

Who Pays the Piper?

If a skier runs into serious difficulty skiing beyond an area’s boundaries, someone will be along to help him. In the United States, this task usually falls to…