Ski patrols work in some of the most dangerous conditions faced by first responders. Not only do they face precarious snow conditions en route to emergencies; but they also must carry all their equipment on their backs and perform rescues in below freezing temperatures. Some patrollers are also trained to rescue individual’s off chairlifts if necessary. On top of the already difficult job of rescuing injured skiers, patrollers also monitor trail conditions, and provide skiers with opportunities to learn more about the sport. Due to these varied skills, I have always thought of these men and women as tough and frightening. However, upon visiting the Ski Patrol hut at the top of Buttermilk mountain, my opinion has completely changed.
When I reached the top of the ski lift, I hesitated. The “bunny hill” seemed more intimidating than its name. The ground and the ski lodge seemed miles away, tucked behind the pine trees, and the slope descended in twists and turns.
Concerned, I turned to my mom. “So...do I just jump?” I knew how difficult it was to walk in the ski boots, and I could not imagine how to get off the moving chair.
She shook her head, glancing at the couple in front of us. “No, it looks like you…
Ski jumping is one of the competitive sports with the Olympian ideal of going faster, jumping further and leaping higher than the opposition (Muller 269). However, sometimes accidents happen. For example, Thomas Morgenstern crashed during a trial round for the FIS Ski Jumping World Cup in Bad Mitterndorf. Later, he was hospitalized with skull injuries and a bruised lung (The Associated Press). Then, why did this accident happen? What influenced the performance of Morgenstern and…
Skiing is a great way to exercise, yet have fun. I ski because I like the feeling of going really fast down a steep snow covered hill and catching really big air. I like any type of skiing, downhill, cross country, even backcountry. I love the feeling I get when I am in the air for a long time. I also like the vibe that a ski resort gives off. There are the ski bums(that are there everyday), the crazy ski team kids that send it off anything, and the first timers, everyone is having fun.
and taking the gondola. We opted for the latter one. Grindelwald is the final point (1034m) with the length of the 15 km. Our daily dose was approximately from 30 to 45 km, since we always returned to the hotel for our afternoon nap. On the penultimate day, we left the track in a completely worn out state, since we used it from 10 am to 6 pm. I have no idea how many kilometers we sledged through, but we certainly worked extra hours for our girl. Oh, and did I mention that Sage was running with…
Lake Placid hosted the first Olympic Winter Games in 1924. Since then, the venue has been a popular sports venue. Till date, Lake Placid has hosted two Olympic Winter Games, Speed Skating, Ski Jumping and Bobsledding World tournaments. Spend some time at the museum and explore the America’s first Olympic hometown. The site has Lake Placid Hall of Fame, where you can see the achievements and contributions of individual and group athletes. Lake Placid Center of Arts will be another great choice…
10 Reasons to Join Vancouver’s Snow Watch
Do you find yourself gazing longingly at the North Shore Mountains looking for that first dusting of snow? With temperatures dropping and heavy rain in the forecast it is that time of year when the annual snow watch begins. With each flake of snow we get closer and closer to hitting the slopes. How incredible to live in a City where you can cycle, paddle and snowboard all in the same day!
I have a confession to make. I am a prairie girl…
My best friend and biggest fan.
Traveling through the mountains
that are pregnant with a winter breeze,
a light grey haze slowly forces itself
into my line of sight.
As we travel at this remarkable speed,
the haze becomes brighter and brighter,
slowly engulfing more and more
of my surroundings.
With each passing second,
everything that I see forms one image.
They become the spectacle that is my future.
I’m still young and have no way
to interpret what I have seen.…
No Barriers Reflection
Imagine every sport you love playing being ripped away from you. One day, you’re able to hike up mountains to see a breathtaking view, and the next you can’t see two inches in front of you. This is exactly what happened to Erik Weihenmayer right before his first year of high school. Although he didn’t go blind out of the blue, it was still as if the Earth had shifted from right beneath him. Erik always new his juvenile retinoschisis would one day claim his vision, but…
A Snowboarders nightmare
I was a kid about ten black hair and was so cool...ish. I was heading to a mountain a big white snowy mountain full of nerds. Just kidding there were cool. The First time I ever snowboarded I got lost. About two years ago was packing my bags in my room getting ready for my first snowboarding trip. I was double checking everything in my bag to make sure i had everything I needed, Gloves, hand warmer, goggles, helmet, and so on. Then it was time to leave. I was sitting in…