We here at World Ski News love bringing you the best, most current stories in the world of skiing. However, as we enter summer, we understand that ski news won’t be as frequent or captivating; we’ve seen a downturn in coverable stories since the end of the 2018 Winter Olympics. However, we have an idea to keep bringing you ski-related content: publishing ski resources. While we understand that many of you grew up skiing and/or riding, there is a substantial number of readers who have never set foot on the slopes. Maybe you’re interested in the history of the sport, or perhaps you just love the USCSA. Regardless, we figured it was time to start publishing a series of resources for those interested in getting into the sport. By the time we’re on the other side of the off-season, you’ll have the knowledge you need to try it out for yourself.
Though this will be part of a larger series, we figured we’d briefly cover the basics in a concise but broadly-reaching article. Below, we have detailed the four tenants of skiing: equipment, culture, and technique.
Equipment—Skiing, necessarily, requires equipment. You need, at minimum, skis, boots, and bindings. Once you get your mountain legs, you should add poles for balance. Skiers should also incorporate a range of safety and protective gear: helmets, goggles, snow pants, gloves, and a jacket. If this sounds expensive, you’re right—skiing is an incredibly expensive activity. However, you can cut costs with ski rental delivery and by visiting mountains on weekdays for reduced lift ticket rates.
Culture—This is more in line with the stories we cover. Skiing and snowboarding have very distinct cultures, stereotypes, and terminology. Do you know what a glade is? What about a blue square? Do you know the difference between crud and cashmere? Skiing has developed its own language and cultural currency; many of us take this knowledge for granted but learning the necessary information can be incredibly rewarding.
Technique—We’ve finally arrived at what is perhaps the most important tenant of skiing—actually doing the thing. Technique can be broken into three categories: movement, stopping, and turning. Once you learn these basic skills, you’ll be able to better assess how your personal skiing style affects speed and agility. A technique will change in different conditions—you won’t exercise the same turning motion in a glade as you will on a groomed slope.
We look forward to covering the above topics in the coming months. Hopefully, with a bit of time and application, you’ll exit the summer season better understanding what It’s like to be a skier.