Let’s face it, not everyone was born with the athletic genes. For many, enjoying the benefits of skiing and snowboarding requires a bit of effort. Maybe you need to get a new pair of ski boots, or head to the ski chalet for a refresher course. If this sounds like you, then read on. We’re going to discuss some forgotten skills that you may need to try out again.
Rocking The Snowboard
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’d know that the way we roll these days isn’t the way we used to. Back when the snowboard was a novelty, people would strap on their bindings, throw their board on their backs, and zoom down the mountain. These days, most of us take our snowboard along for the ride. The trick is finding the right stance. When you’re standing on the mountain, you want your feet to be close together. If they’re too far apart, it will be hard to navigate the turns. The ideal position is a hip stance. This gives you enough room to maneuver the board and keep your balance on the mountain.
Nowadays, we’re more likely to throw snowballs than to catch them. However, in the winter, nothing stops you from collecting the little frozen particles of joy. If you have someone in mind, then you can try and catch them with your hands. Otherwise, you can just watch the snow explode under the force of your arm. Before you know it, you’ll have a snowstorm in your hands. This is a great way to make the most of a winter day.
Did you know that we have backcountry roads in Scotland? The whole country isn’t covered in pavement, and when you’re driving on them, you’re not supposed to stop or yield to other vehicles. The same goes for other countries that have similar off-piste rules. Do you need to look up what yielding means in English? Don’t worry, we’re going to teach you. Backcountry driving involves a lot of low and slow cruising. Once you get the hang of it, you’ll be able to fly down the mountain with the best of them. Keep your eyes open for wildlife, and you’ll have the opportunity to photograph a majestic bird or a furry creature that may cross your path. Be careful not to disturb the animals while still enjoying the great outdoors.
Have you ever tried skiing outside of a ski resort? If so, then you’ve experienced the thrill of freeride skiing. This is the way it was meant to be, skiing exactly as you want, without having to follow the rules of a resort. In the summer, you can find organized freeride races, where participants battle it out on the slopes, trying to catch as much air as possible. In the winter, you can do it yourself, or join a skiing club, where experienced instructors will take you on the art of skiing. The choice is completely up to you!
Did you know that we have a place in the UK where you can try out paragliding? Believe it or not, the view from on high is something that you may not have experienced if you haven’t tried this adventurous sport yet. After you get the hang of it, you’ll be able to glide through the air for hours, capturing breathtaking photos as you go. Be careful not to rush into anything, as you may end up crashing down on top of a mountain. When that happens, you’re going to want to survive the fall, otherwise, you may end up being injured or worse. Try as much as possible to control your body’s flight path, and you’ll be able to master this exciting new sport. You may even get the chance to fly over beautiful lakes or oceans, taking in great views of the world beneath you. Don’t forget, your travel insurance may not cover you if you suffer an accident while paragliding – so be careful!
Did you know that we have a place in Canada where you can try out touring? This is a type of skiing where you don’t have one set route or trail. Instead, you take your own cable car up the mountain, and continue on a journey down. You can even stop off at different locations, depending on how much time you have, and whether you want to spend the night or continue to another mountain. In the winter, it can be quite an adventure, since you have to deal with snow, ice, and subzero temperatures. With tour operators, you can be sure that the experience will be thoroughly protected. Before you know it, you’ll be relaxing in the snow-clad landscape, with a drink in your hand. This is one of the most popular winter sports in Canada, and for good reason.
Did you know that we have places in Europe where you can try out racing? This is the ultimate in speed competitions, where participants are either skiing or driving big, fast motorbikes. The emphasis here is on the speed, not the trickiness of the skiing or the power of the engine. If you’ve ever been to Monaco, then you may know what kind of event this is. Did you miss out on the opportunity to try out racing? You may feel that you never truly had a chance, since you were either too young or too inexperienced at the time. If this sounds like you, then the good news is that there’s now an opportunity to do so. With proper training, you may be able to take on the challenge of racing, and take home a medal or two. This is definitely one sport where practice makes perfect! Once you’ve tried it, you may want to do it again. The feeling of speed in your veins may even change your perspective on life.
Did you know that you can stay at a ski resort, and not have to worry about finding somewhere to stay? These days, most ski resorts offer a wide variety of accommodation, from luxury hotels, right up to small guesthouses with just a few rooms. If you want to save money, you can stay in one of these self-contained chalets, where you’ll be able to eat what you want, drink what you want, and make the most of the accommodation. If you don’t want to stay at a ski resort, but instead, want to find a quiet place to stay away from the crowds, then this is the option for you. Since you’ll be hitting the slopes every day, it may be worth considering an outdoor activity holiday, which allows you to sleep under the stars, and take your pick from a range of exciting outdoor activities. Not all of them involve getting wet, so you may want to pack some warmer clothes than you’d normally take on a day out. This way, you can make the most of the glorious British winter, and forget about the stress of everyday life for a while. Self-containment may be tough, but it’s worth it.
Skiing In/skiing Out
Skiing in/skiing out is an increasingly popular option for those who want to combine working with their hobbies. If you’re a professional skier, or a seasoned enthusiast who wants to do a bit of traveling, then you may want to look into this option. Most resorts these days offer a mixture of indoor and outdoor ski-in accommodation. This allows you to enjoy the thrill of the slopes, without having to worry about finding your own place to stay. If you’re an amateur, then this may not be the option for you, as staying at a hostel is generally not recommended during your stay, as you may end up meeting all kinds of people, which may be too much for your taste.
Virtual Ski Slopes
Did you know that we have a range of virtual ski slopes, where you can have a crack at skiing, even if you don’t live in an area where it’s possible to practice on real slopes? These are really fun to use, and can be a great way for people who want to try something new, but don’t have the opportunity to do so. With these virtual ski slopes, it’s all about executing the right trick, and being able to land the jump cleanly. If you’ve ever watched Ski Safari on Netflix, then you’ll know what these are like. Did you miss out on the chance to try these? If so, then it’s time to remedy that, and take the plunge into the wonderful world of virtual skiing.