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 Iíd studied briefly when stationed in Japan after an old war - I realized Iíd 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 Iíd studied in Tíai 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 Tíai Chi, had moved me to a level
of skiing Iíd never attained before came on a National Standard Race (NASTAR) course. Three or four times each season, for several years, Iíd 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, letís 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 youíve met the first requirement of conditioning.

Remember: Itís 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, youíre rafting Idahoís roaring South Fork of the Salmon River. Itís 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 arenít really a part of rafting large, stable craft.

Bicycling utilizes dynamic motion control, most noticeably similar to skiing dynamics when youíre 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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Information

European tourist offices can provide you with general information, as well as specific information about individual resorts. Contact them at: Austrian tourist…

ENJOY, ENJOY

A few months after the death of her husband, Joan accepted an invita - tion from her son to celebrate her 68th birthday at Steamboat Springs in the towering…

Ratings - Part 2

Low Intermediate: Is beginning to link parallel turns and can actually ski and stop with only minor problems. Recommended skiing: Green and blue trails. Should…