The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Outdoors

January 12, 2013

No child left indoors: Snow sports month

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4. How should I dress?

You should check the ski area’s “conditions” report or “ski report” before heading out. These daily reports give you a summary of the temperatures, trails open, lifts running, weather and more. Keep in mind that temperatures generally rise during the day and dip quickly as soon as the sun goes down, so think in terms of layers. Light-weight, waterproof clothing is a good top layer. A hat and gloves are a must. If you’re going to be out in temperatures less than 20 degrees, frostbite is a real concern and you’ll need to minimize any exposed skin.

5. Is it only for athletes?

No. Your equipment and gravity does most of the work for you. However, the better in shape you are the more fun you will have. Your balance will be better and getting up from falls will be much easier.

6. What are ski areas like?

No matter where you go, every ski area has these basics: a mountain, ski lifts or ropes that transport the skiers to the top, trails of varying difficulties and lengths, a base lodge with a ski school and rental shops. Usually, there will be a lodge that includes a restaurant, bar, gift shops and other services.

7. Should I take a lesson?

Absolutely. This is how you will learn the “rules of the slopes” and the mechanics of skiing. After your lesson you can spend the day practicing what you’ve learned.

8. How do I use the lift?

You’ll learn this in your first class. There are many types of lifts and your instructor will give you specific instructions on how to use the lifts.

9. How to get off the lift?

Because there are so many types of lifts and tows it’s hard to give one standard suggestion. However, on chair lifts, keep your tips up and talk with your fellow lift-mates so you all know which direction you will be going once you stand up at the top and slide away. Then move quickly away from the lift once you’re off to keep the unloading area clear.

10. Do you have one tip?

“The downhill skier has the right-of-way.” In other words, stay under control and ski defensively at all times. See you on the slopes. Tips up!

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