Ready to hit the slopes? Here are four activities for anyone heading to the mountains this winter.
1. Downhill skiing:
Also known as alpine skiing, this is the most popular way to zip down the mountain slopes. Ski resorts have downhill ski runs for all ability levels: groomed runs of all different pitches, runs with moguls, runs where you can weave through trees, and for expert skiers, there are backcountry bowls.
2. Cross-country skiing:
Moving off the slopes and onto flat paths or rolling landscapes around the mountain, cross-country skiing can be a leisurely paced activity or a great way to work up a sweat. It involves special skis that leave you free to lift your heel and to, aided by your poles, propel yourself forward with a walk-and-glide technique.
3. Telemark skiing:
This activity combines elements of downhill and cross-country skiing, requiring participants to navigate ski runs strapped into skis similar to those used on cross-country trails. Telemark skiing further differentiates itself from other types of skiing with its special turning technique, which involves skiers dropping their knees and lifting their heels. It’s a great option for veteran skiers looking for a new challenge.
On a snowboard, you can tackle all the same terrain as you can on downhill skis. However, carving through the snow on a board is a wholly different, but equally exhilarating, experience.
In addition to the above, many ski hills also offer tobogganing, tubing, snowshoeing and sometimes skating. Curling up next to a roaring fire with a cup of hot cocoa is another great way to enjoy yourself.