We are All Skiers

women's skiingYes, women do ski differently than men. Which, of course, has no bearing whatsoever upon their ability to ski. Women race. Women ski the extreme. Women range from klutzes to superb experts. Even as men do.

But because of their slightly different physical structure, they also ski a bit differently than men do. The differences are small - but important.

Men have a narrow pelvis and legs that sort of bow out at the knees. Women usually have a wider pelvis, a lower center of gravity, and knees that bow slightly in.

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The ski resort industry has come only within the past few years to recognize what every coach, regardless of the sport, has known for generations: Women and men differ in body and muscle structure and often in temperament; these differences affect the way each learns and becomes proficient.

Although most resorts group men and women into the same never - ever classes, a few now offer beginner classes exclusively for women and
taught

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Here are some examples of the special women’s programs increasingly offered by ski resorts across the nation:

Kirkwood, one of the cluster of ski areas in Lake Tahoe, has a series of both one - and three-day clinics that are tailored to the skill level of the participants and that are run by women, utilizing women-centered instruction. It also offers one three-day clinic

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Along with the swiftly spreading interest in distinctive training programs for women, there’s a growing trend among manufacturers to design gear and equipment specifically for female skiers. For example:

Boots

For years it was customary in the boot industry to mark

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How interested are ski manufacturers in producing skis in all price ranges that are suited for women? The answer for years was: “Well, golly, we’ve always made skis for the lighter male that are great for women, too.”

However, there are now, finally, skis specifically designed for women - especially in the higher price ranges - whose abilities range from intermediate, to racer. Compared to unisex

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There’s no argument: A binding is a binding. But there is increasing skepticism over what some consider the failure of manufacturers to put enough research or effort into determining whether bindings should be adapted especially for women, rather than produced in unisex patterns. Many women need to have a mounting

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A half-dozen women skiers lining up to race down a long, steep pitch ribbed each other mercilessly.

“Oh, you haven’t got a chance. Why, you’re too old to go racing.” “Old? You’ve got me beat by ten years.”

“Right. I’ve got you beat. But it’s

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Dr. Wade Johnson, a New York internist whose patients are primarily seniors, says there’s only one compelling factor for the 50-and-older man or woman to consider when taking up any physical sports, including skiing, for the first time: good health! A thorough physical examination

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Depression: Any sport that requires physical skill has long been recognized as helping seniors overcome clinical depression. This is especially true of those sports that are noncompetitive, where there’s no “loser” and no “winner.” Skiing is cited by Dr. Johnson as “amazingly effective” in preventing depression.

Memory: Skiing fosters clearer thinking and faster

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A steadily increasing number of ski resorts in every region of the nation have set up leam-to-ski programs for older persons who have a long - buried, or suddenly bom, desire to join their grandchildren on the slopes. Instructors are inevitably themselves seniors.

Almost every ski area in the United States also offers seniors discounts

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In 1996, the Professional Ski Instructors of America, Eastern Education Foundation, developed a program that provides: 1) continuous skill development for seniors; 2) opportunities for seniors to explore new challenges in a safe environment; and 3) opportunities for seniors to share ski activities with peers.

Modeled

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The following are some of the senior ski clubs throughout the nation:

70+ Ski Club. Lifetime membership for $5 plus proof of age. Members receive a list of ski resorts throughout the world that offer free skiing, or major discounts, to members; the club sponsors ski trips to other countries. For information: Lloyd Lambert, 104 East Side Drive, Ballston Lake, NY 12019

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Several excellent guides are available for seniors who want to improve their physical condition. They include:

A 32-page illustrated manual, “ ‘Pep Up Your Life’: A Fitness Book for Mid-Life and Older Persons,” was prepared under the guidance of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports and the American Association of Retired Persons. Free copies are available from

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It wasn’t precisely the ideal day for skiing. The wind was gusting up to 20 miles an hour, kicking up showers of powder snow and laying bare the icy crud underneath. Low clouds scudded across the sky.

It was, on the other hand, a day to go into the base lodge early for a long lunch and watch bewhiskered men rub the icicles from their beards as they walked through the swinging

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Today, the sight of the physically impaired is increasingly common on the ski runs of America. People of all ages, from kids to seniors, are on the slopes, enjoying the thrill of skiing, without letting their physical or mental disabilities keep them off the mountains.

Scott Ingram, director of the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center,

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Impaired skiers must maneuver and traverse and slalom, just as the nonhandicapped. The techniques and equipment used, however, do differ.

The two principal systems for skiers with physical problems are those for skiers who can ski while standing and those for the disabled who can ski only

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Ski competitions for both standing and sitting skiers are held throughout the country and in Europe. Both Aspen Highlands and Mount Hood Meadows ski resorts have hosted the U. S. championships. The 1990 World Disabled Championships were held at Winter Park, Colorado; the 1992 championships were held at Breckenridge, Colorado.

An increasing number of ski areas, eastern and western, offer ski programs for persons with disabilities

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