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The following is a guest article by David Sneddon. David is a writer and photographer based in the Lake District of England. He is passionate about skiing and has been documenting the industry for many years. You can follow David on Instagram, where he shares his latest skiing wanderings, as well as his photography.

From The Paddler-Backpacker To The Ski-in/ski-out Paddler

For most of us, the idea of taking on the challenge of skimming down a fresh powder snowfall is enough to elicit a dreamy smile. For those who have longed to give it a try, but have been denied the opportunity because of circumstance, the wait is over. At last, ski-in/ski-out is offered, meaning those who live within ski region boundaries can have access to this beautiful sport and enjoy the thrills it has to offer.

The development of the ‘paddler’ has made the dream of skiing a reality for many. For those who haven’t heard of a ‘paddler’, it’s a style of skiing that emerged from Canada where a group of skiers rebelled against the domination of the ski industry and the commercialisation of the sport. The idea behind paddling is to bring the thrills and excitement of skiing closer to home. Essentially, you’re taking your kayaks or canoes out for a spin on the nearby lake. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, you and your boat can take on the mighty River Thames, which runs through London.

The thrill of taking on a body of water and being propelled by the wind is exhilarating. And then there’s the sound. You won’t hear it anywhere else. When that rush of wind hits your ears, it’ll be music to them, as well. There’s also the challenge of negotiating the rapids, managing the whitewater and using your boat’s manoeuvring skills to hit the right spot. The opportunity to hone these skills and overcome your fears in a beautiful Canadian wilderness transforms what could be a relaxing weekend on a city lake into an unforgettable adventure. Plus, you can bring your kayak back home with you afterwards!

Skiing Is Back!

For the first time in years, the ski season has started early and last for longer than expected. After months of waiting, the snow is back and with it comes the opportunity to hit the slopes again. Some are lucky enough to live close to a ski resort, but for those who don’t, it’s time for indoor skiing!

Indoor skiing isn’t a new concept. For decades, ski-in/ski-out was the norm and while some resort’s have since upgraded their facilities to offer indoor/outdoor experiences, the majority still offer the traditional skiing inside.

Indoor skiing has several advantages. For starters, it means you don’t have to wait for the snow to settle before you start skiing. This can make a big difference to anyone who finds skiing stressful as the snow may never really settle in some places.

Also, you can control the atmosphere. It’s usually a lot quieter inside than it is outside, so you’ll have a better chance of hearing the other skiiers and your instructor. Indoor skiing gives you the satisfaction of skiing without the stress – and the noise – of the outside world intruding.

Finally, indoor skiing is a lot more convenient for the non-skiers among us. If you’re planning on taking a day off work to go skiing, but live far away from the slopes, then the indoor option is for you.

Why Do I Want To Document The Industry?

For those who love skiing and want to see it thrive, there are a variety of ways to make this happen. One option is to buy a ski pass and go as much as you can. Another is to watch the local ski club and volunteer for events if you can. Still, the most effective way to make the sport you love thrive is to become a member of the industry and show your support for the clubs and resorts that help to make this possible.

As a member of the industry, you’ll receive a season pass to the local club and be given the opportunity to ski as much as you can. Also, through the team, you’ll have the chance to meet other like-minded individuals and establish a social life on the slopes. Last but not least, you’ll have the opportunity to photograph the slopes and the lifestyle of the athletes who train and compete here. Hopefully, these photos will help to grow the sport and remind the world how beautiful it can be when the snowflakes are falling straight down.

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