SparkPeople Snow Skiing/Boarding Team Messageboard The snow skiing/boarding team. For everything with one board or two on the snow. SparkPeople Snow Skiing/Boarding Team Messageboard New Accessories for Skiing I found a very nice black hoodie I'll be wearing when I ski. <BR> Any new accessories you found and will be using this winter ????(I just can't wait). Sun, 2 Feb 2014 09:52:08 EST Eat Clean/Worki Out Daily...That's the Bottom Line It's a new year...January is almost over. I am grateful for the starting over momentum of the New Year! Yay! Last night I started going back to Tuesday night yoga. So Tuesday is tennis and yoga day. Today is rest day. I get up on Monday and go to the gym early. Thursday and Friday are flexible. Either home DVD workout, 2 mile walk with dog, and/or gym workout. That's the routine plan for this year. Wed, 29 Jan 2014 18:24:17 EST Question on ski sizing?? Avid Nordic/Xcountry skier here. I am an advanced classical skier but am going to start learning skate skiing. I moved to a small town in the Midwest, the only sporting goods store in town does not sell or know much about skate skiing. So, my only option is to order online. <BR> <BR> I'm in the final stage of losing weight while shopping for skis. The skis I am considering are sized by weight. The crossover point in between two sizes is 120 lbs. I am currently at 122 lbs and my goal weight i... Wed, 27 Nov 2013 14:19:42 EST About me :) My name is Niki. I have been in Spark People for a couple years but just now getting back into the swing of things. I am 26 years old and from the mountains of North Carolina. I work as a Receptionist for a church software company. I am a devout Christian and very strong in my faith and active in my church. I sing in the choir and am one of the youth leaders. I currently weigh 225 pounds. I have been over the 200 mark for way too long and am ready to get my shape back. My goal is to lose 85 p... Mon, 18 Nov 2013 09:38:48 EST Last Chance 2012 Fitness Challenge After beginning the year at my weigh loss goal and then surpassing that by having a perfect round of p90x/Insanity hybrid my high school reunion in June...passed. My big dream event of the Inaugural Lompoc Tennis Festival Last Fortnight September 2012 was more of a semi fictional/virtual fantasy affair rather than the star studded tourist attraction I had dreamed of. Guess what? Reality 101: in order to be happy and healthy and in the right frame of mind to have future failure... Sun, 25 Nov 2012 19:29:23 EST Ready to hit the snow! Hi, <BR> I am restarting Spark after several years away. I have found my moms group hugely supportive, and hope I can get that kind of boost here. <BR> <BR> I am an avid snowboarder, and now that my kids are (finally) on the snow, we are up in the mountains more and more often! <BR> <BR> We are hanging mostly at Keystone and ABasin this season (one more year to let the little one get her legs under her). When in shape, I am mostly on the blacks, bumps and in the trees. Otherwise, up and ... Thu, 1 Nov 2012 13:22:29 EST Anyone been to Tahoe (Heavenly) recently? I have a last minute trip planned to Tahoe, leaving the Friday. Has any skiied there recently? <BR> Tue, 27 Mar 2012 17:54:16 EST Ski injuries What kinds of injuries have you all had and what did you do? Thought I post this topic since no one else has before. Day 2 of my 1 week ski trip in Park City I was coming around a turn and making a quick stop in a direction my left ski didn't want to go in. Suddenly my leg was twisted, I heard and felt a little pop, excruciating pain for about 30 seconds and that was that. Ski patrol took me down to the clinic and the Doc says I've torn my ACL. I never thought I would be one of those people.... Mon, 6 Feb 2012 13:46:51 EST Hi y'all I'm new to the team but not new to skiing. Been skiing about 15 years now and I love the sport to get me through the cold winters and get some arendalin pumping. Finally starting to get good at moguls and visiting Park City this week for vacation. I mainly like the blues and easy blacks but I would love to learn some terrain park tricks someday and maybe taking a lesson for that this week, we'll see I might work on perfecting mogul technique first. <BR> As for my weigh loss story: I gained ab... Sun, 5 Feb 2012 02:27:23 EST Going to Breckenridge tomorrow!! Leaving Phoenix tomorrow for a week at Breckenridge. Looks like I got lucky and there will be fresh snow. Looking forward to not watching what I eat too carefully for a week since I hope to burn a good number of calories every day. <BR> <BR> Any tips on skiing Breckenridge? <BR> <BR> Thanks Fri, 3 Feb 2012 07:27:16 EST I'm a newbee! Hi Everyone! So glad to find fellow skiers that are trying to loose weight also! I live in Southern California, so we mainly ski Mammoth and Big Bear. Having all this extra weight on me really is taking a toll on my skiing. I don't feel comfortable skiing and it really does a number on my knees. I had wanted to loose weight before ski season this year, but as usual I kept putting it off and now it's here. I'm a timid skier to begin with and with this extra weight it makes me even more afraid.... Tue, 15 Nov 2011 23:11:07 EST Ski Bunny! Hi everyone, I was happy to come across this team! I skied on the FWSA from 1973 - 1986 and also on my high school team. I skied this year with my brother and that was the first time I have skied in a long time. Boy, did I have a blast! First run almost killed me by leaning way back, but I finally got my ski legs back and had a great rest of the day! It's so exhilarating to ski again. This year I am buying a pass, so I can ski more. I can't wait! I am hoping to get some other peeps to... Thu, 29 Sep 2011 18:14:50 EST Hello from Wisconsin Hi! I'm a rower when the weather is warm, but need an activity for the winter. I just bought my first set of crosscountry skis. I have never been skiing before. Any advice for this novice is welcome and appreciated! Sat, 23 Jul 2011 07:47:45 EST Greetings! Hello Everyone, just joined spark a couple days ago and already have found this site to be extremely helpful and full of resources. =) And to make it better, there's a ski/boarding team! I boarded a few years ago, and wasn't so hot and finally got back up last year and started to learn the ropes again. Just went up the first time this season last week, and hoping to go again later this week. <BR> <BR> I'm looking to stay active, and definitely looking towards not being so winded while walki... Sun, 23 Jan 2011 00:02:14 EST Hello from a newbie in PA Hi, I'm Christina, new to SparkPeople and the forums. I've been skiing since I was a kid and I've worked as a ski instructor for the past 4 seasons. I just picked up snowboarding last week - it's been shaky but I'm getting the hang of it. I wanted to be bilingual on the snow :) It's great to find a team that shares my passion for the mountain and some great motivators! Wed, 19 Jan 2011 19:34:04 EST Snowboarding? Anyone out there? Where are all the Snowboarders at?! Where are you from? Where's your favorite place to go, what level are you? <BR> <BR> Im Danielle, 25, beginer/intermediate snowboarder, I love to slalom and take back trails. Im scared to go fast because it would be a HARD fall! Im excited to get healthier and lose more weight so I can really go at it. I love all the ski hills in northern, MI. Namely Whitecap- resort of choice. <BR> <BR> What's goin on guys!!? <em>310</em> Fri, 7 Jan 2011 14:51:24 EST Greetings from Upstate NY Hey there. <BR> <BR> I'm Anja from the Finger Lakes region of NY. I'm primarily a white water kayaker and road cyclist, but in my off season I hit the trails in XC skis. <BR> <BR> I've got severe arthritis in one of my knees so downhill skiing is not an option. I think I'll try snowboarding this year and see how that works out... Sun, 19 Dec 2010 23:43:16 EST Preparing for the SNOW Season Are you ready to start preparing for the Season??? <BR> Is there anything we need to do before we start skiing/snowboarding??? <BR> Let's talk of the way(s) we prepare for wonderful skiing/snowboarding experiences <em>329</em> Sat, 25 Sep 2010 10:01:46 EST Howdy! <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> I'm from France, and live in the Jura mountains close to Switzerland. I have written blogs, pictures included, about my skiing in my area if you're interested. <BR> <BR> I am a downhill skier, and a cross-country skier (classic style). Last year I have taken skate skiing lessons (freestyle cross-country skiing), and really enjoyed it; I also tried snowshoeing, and I am planning to buy my own this year--our snowshoes are way smaller than the Canadian ones. <BR> <BR>... Sat, 18 Sep 2010 17:45:14 EST It's August - time to ski yet? Hello - new to the team, not new to SP. And you can probably tell from my moniker that I live in Colorado. I guess we are lucky enough out here to have skiing from October through April. <BR> So, naturally, I'm getting so pumped for the season. I've even started some of my more difficult leg moves to help getting my muscles in better shape. <BR> I have been skiing a few years (3) and have only recently been comfortable enough to go down some blues. Oh, well... I'm not out to impress any... Thu, 19 Aug 2010 18:20:21 EST Grateful to have found you!:) Dear All, <BR> <BR> What a great day this is!! This website is definitely working as powerful spark in my life today! <BR> I am Margarida, a 33 year old Portuguese, living in Barcelona, Spain. This year I've been dieting on and off, every single month, only to get myself 5 more kgs. At least I know why...I'm an emotional eater. I have probably read only too much about overcoming it, about controling my thoughts, but I've realized my problem lies in turning thoughts into action. I can go fro... Sun, 8 Aug 2010 10:28:53 EST Snow lover joining the group! Hi all - not very often you see a group made of people who love to ski/snowboard! This should be great - It was after our trip to killington this year when it was apparent i was looking more big Bertha than Betty! Being in the "biz" so to speak I can't have that so here I am! Tue, 8 Jun 2010 20:11:42 EST It all started because I wanted the PINK one... Hey everybody, <BR> <BR> I found this group today and am excited to join. My weight loss was inspired this christmas. My lovely boyfriend surprised me completely with a brand new board. A burton luxe in my favorite color....PINK! <BR> <BR> But reality set in quickly when I realized I would have to trade in my new lovely pink board for its blue hued sister, because....I was over the weight limit. <em>198</em> It really shocked me, and I realized how far I'd let myself go. <BR> <BR> Thats... Mon, 19 Apr 2010 16:31:23 EST not ready I am new to this team, but along with so many of you are NOT READY for the season to end. I just came back from a 4 day trip, I feel soooooo great and strong! <BR> I will continue getting to know all of you! <BR> cheers! Wed, 24 Mar 2010 11:25:30 EST Hi from SoCal Hi everybody! I am new to the team. After having a 7 year break, last week we spent our vacation on the slopes. It was amazing to see my 6 year old daughter learning to ski. It felt surreal to be on those beautiful slopes again, and to ski next to my daughter. It could only get better if I am more fit as I was 7 years ago. That is why I am here with SparkPeople! Mon, 22 Mar 2010 01:44:20 EST Newbie from UK! :) Hi everyone! <BR> Decided to join this team! I've recently joined a Ski&Snowboarding club at my Uni and find snowboarding sooo exciting! Well, we don't have much of a real snow over here, so have to survive on the artificial slopes for now.. But even so, it's still amazing! I'm wondering where the hell was I earlier and why it took me so many years to discover snowboarding :) <BR> So yeah, I'm now practising once a week on our local snowflex slope.. It's really tiny comparing to the hills tha... Sat, 20 Mar 2010 15:09:22 EST Olympics snowboarding pants Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> My husband wants a pair of the snowboarding pants burton designed for the olympic team. I've done some google searches but haven't been able to find them for sale anywhere. Does anyone know if they are going to sell them to the public? <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> Anna Wed, 17 Mar 2010 13:09:47 EST Helmets and other safety gear? Hey y'all--some of you know that I got a concussion Monday while snowboarding (and while wearing a helmet). I need to replace my helmet, and I thought that maybe if anyone has any resources about helmets and other safety gear, we could gather that info in one place. <BR> <BR> (And I'm sure that if I hadn't been wearing a helmet, my head injury would have been much, much worse.) Wed, 17 Mar 2010 10:45:10 EST WHAT DOES EVERYONE DO IN THE OFF SEASON? I am really missing skiing, since the warmer weather has kicked in. What do you typically do in the off season to stay in shape? Tue, 16 Mar 2010 10:08:53 EST Any tips for my first snowboarding lesson? Howdy y'all-- <BR> <BR> I'm planning on taking my first snowboarding lesson tomorrow. I'm an expert skier, but this will be my first time on a snowboard. Any tips/suggestions/hints? I'm all ears! :-) Fri, 5 Mar 2010 14:20:25 EST Warmer ski conditions I will likely be skiing this Saturday in much warmer temps than I am used to. It may be up around 40-F. Can anyone offer suggestions as to what I might expect from warmer snow conditions, etc, and the best way to layer clothing. I have only been skiing where I have to bundle three to four layers and have no idea how to layer for warmer temps. Thanks guys! <em>304</em> Thu, 4 Mar 2010 11:40:41 EST New Team Goals Hi Team, <BR> <BR> I've been really rejoicing over some of your blog entries and I'm happy to congratulate you on your success. <BR> Actally, I've realized our Team Goals reproduce our achievements only partially. <BR> I was wondering whether you are all happy/satisfied with the Team Goals, do they really account for our efforts??? <BR> Please let me know if you would like to introduce some new goals so as to be more motivated and involved as a team. <BR> Feel free to propose and I'll try to... Mon, 1 Mar 2010 04:44:01 EST Lodging in Aspen...Any Recommen dations? As I said in my 'introduction' I'm planning a short trip out to Aspen. Actually, I have a business trip to Vegas towards the end of the month, so I thought I use the opportunity (and have my company pay for most of my airfare) to take a 3 day weekend in Aspen. <BR> <BR> I was amazed that I can include Aspen in my flight itinerary for only about $100 more. <BR> <BR> Anyway, while I've skied at several resorts in CO, I've never been to Aspen. I've been doing a little research on lodging, bu... Fri, 26 Feb 2010 18:14:07 EST Recommendations for Aspen As I said in my 'introduction' I'm planning a short trip out to Aspen. Actually, I have a business trip to Vegas towards the end of the month, so I thought I use the opportunity (and have my company pay for most of my airfare) to take a 3 day weekend in Aspen. <BR> <BR> I was amazed that I can include Aspen in my flight itinerary for only about $100 more. <BR> <BR> Anyway, while I've skied at several resorts in CO, I've never been to Aspen. I've been doing a little research on lodging, bu... Fri, 26 Feb 2010 17:50:05 EST Greetings from NJ (I think) With all the snow we've had this year, I'm beginning to think I moved out to Denver, but didn't realize it (LOL). <BR> <BR> I've been familiar with Spark for a number of years, but fell out of touch. After putting on more pounds than I care to admit, I decided it was time to get back on the wagon. <BR> <BR> It's so nice that a web site like this exists. With all the advertising that people are bombarded with about dieting, exercising, etc., it is amazing to me that resources like this are... Fri, 26 Feb 2010 17:46:19 EST How I overcame a fear... I'd love to share with you some victories we've had over our fears, particularly those involving our skiing adventures, I'm sure we all have something to share. <BR> I was so scared of trying a new pair skis on the other day , but, once I tried them, they were perfect.... <BR> <em>306</em> Sat, 6 Feb 2010 09:54:32 EST Greetings from Bavaria I'm really excited to find this group. I've gotten back into skiing this year after a long hiatus. My husband and I bought new ski equipment -- skis sure have changed in the meantime. We're now adjusting to skiing with carving skis. They're a lot of fun. <BR> We were on the Seiser Alm in Italy (Dolomites) for a week in December. The past three Saturdays we've been skiing the Tiroler Zugspitz Arena in Austria (Lermoos, Berwang). We're lucky enough to live an hour away. <BR> We're loving it! Sun, 31 Jan 2010 11:11:23 EST Eating After Skiing Hello folks. I am new to this group. I live 16 miles from Smugglers Notch Ski Resort in Vermont so my family and I try to go once a weekend. I have a history of throwing my good food habits out the window on ski days. Even when I pack healthy, fiber-rich, protein rich snacks, I still want to eat my way through the house when I get home. Any suggestions from fellow skiers? I am skiing with capable 6 & 8 year olds-- so I'm not tearing it up on the weekends. Just something about being outdo... Tue, 19 Jan 2010 16:05:36 EST Ski/Snow Report I think it would be fun to have a thread about our ski outings. <BR> <BR> I blogged about a recent backcountry trip here: <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=2731518 </link> <BR> <BR> The snow in Northern Utah has been pretty disappointing this year. We were still dodging buried objects, that and dealing with backcountry skiings' favorite gifts: death crust. But we found some nice powder in the trees and I've learned to enjoy the climb up enough th... Wed, 13 Jan 2010 23:40:55 EST Where does everyone ski/ride? I'm in CO, I generally ski at Eldora, with occasional forays elsewhere. Tue, 5 Jan 2010 10:41:51 EST I'm back. Howdy, skiers. I dropped my sparkpeople habit after a hectic August (vacations, school starting for the kids, etc), and then had a hectic fall (the "highlight" was that my 5 y.o.'s appendix ruptured in early Nov, and between that and then the abscesses he developed afterward, we totally lost that month and then spent Dec. recovering). I need to get back on the exercise bandwagon. Mon, 4 Jan 2010 12:10:54 EST Skiing as exercise Three days of skiing and boy are my legs feeling it. I'm sure gaining twenty pounds in the last year isn't helping at all. I look forward to starting the next season in better shape and seeing if it goes better. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I counted turns as if they were reps to motivate myself down the slope. Got up to 30 at once in cut up powder :). Today, I focused on being able to do larger sections of the runs without stopping. That was mostly accomplished by taking fewer turns though. <BR> ... Sat, 2 Jan 2010 21:28:59 EST Tell me about your diet on a ski day please! Today was my 3rd trip up to the ski area for this ski season, and my 3rd attempt to live by my SparkPeople plan and also be a skier. The result - disgusting. Between the cold and the effort, my body seems to crave every morsel of food in sight and by the end of the day I am - pleasantly - tired and completely lacking willpower. I topped it all off with polishing off some of the Xmas goodies when I got home. Ug! <BR> <BR> I would love to hear what other people are eating at ski areas, o... Tue, 29 Dec 2009 23:23:58 EST My first ski of the season! Had my first ski of the season at my local, Snowbasin on Sunday. Very few runs were open but as we all know, a bad day of skiing beats the best day at work. Skiing was good, just minimal. It's snowing now so I'm looking forward to more runs this weekend! Mon, 7 Dec 2009 12:59:24 EST Tracking cardio minutes for downhill skiing HI there. I'm new here and new on SparkPeople. I'm so excited to start skiing! <BR> <BR> I'll be missing my run on ski days and I notice that "Add Cardio" (in the fitness tracker) has an option for downhill skiing. But how many minutes and how the heck do you track that? <BR> <BR> Obviously I don't want to count the chairlift rides, the lift line, etc. Has anyone come up with an working average or some kind of ratio for skiing minutes? <BR> <BR> Counting from the time I slide on... Mon, 23 Nov 2009 23:26:08 EST Snow at Stevens Pass, WA We're finally getting snow -- 18" in the last 12 hours, with a couple more days of snow in the forecast. Fingers crossed that is stays cold and doesn't rain/melt. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ntain-cams.aspx </link> Sat, 7 Nov 2009 12:22:54 EST Hi, I'm new Hi, I'm Melissa. I joined SparkPeople a week ago and the team today. Nice to meet you! <BR> <BR> My husband introduced me to skiing about 12 years ago. We skied a few times a year for a few years but never very often -- I kept getting sidelined by injuries or finances or other obligations. Then I simply got too fat for it to be fun anymore, and thus I haven't skied in, oh, six or seven years. <BR> <BR> All that is going to change. I sincerely doubt if I'll bein shape to ski THIS season, but... Sat, 31 Oct 2009 19:20:16 EST Can you smell the snow? I'm feeling that 5 month itch that happens every year in anticipation of a new season. August is always that month when I start to look forward to how white and quiet the world will be in just a few months. <BR> <BR> Anyone else out there with ants in the snowpants? Wed, 19 Aug 2009 11:33:00 EST Ready to ski! Last week I got an email from my local (Snowbasin) telling me if I bought my season pass before the end of September I get last year's price, free passes on the gondola for the summer as well and... 6 free passes to Sun Valley Idaho! <BR> <BR> Yesterday I got a card from Alta telling me about their passes- in 1953 they had 713 inches of snow for the season- hopefully this year will be a repeat <em>41</em> Thu, 30 Jul 2009 11:42:24 EST Park skier from CT! Hi! I'm a student going to college in upstate New York, but I grew up riding slopes you could hardly call mountains in northern CT. Since there isn't much to ski in CT, I usually stay in the terrain park, but I also love big mountain skiing (who doesn't?) and racing. <BR> <BR> I used to be a ski instructor at my local mountain until I tore my ACL last year. After the surgery, I was mostly bed-ridden so I got wayyy out of shape. But thanks to this awesome website, I'm getting back on track! Tue, 14 Jul 2009 13:05:10 EST Trip Reports I thought we needed a thread to post up our trip reports (if you are not into trip reports I am not sure you are a real skier/boarder ;p ) <BR> <BR> So post a linky to your trip report blogs so we can easily find them when we need a TR fix <BR> <BR> I will start off with a trip report for my skiing on Sunday <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=2208636 </link> Tue, 7 Jul 2009 05:13:23 EST Introducing our new Co-Team Leader!!!! ALTHEAU!!!!!! <BR> <BR> Altheau is a relatively new member to the team, but an active one with the added benefit of having her ski season NOW! <BR> <BR> I'm excited to have someone who loves skiing with such passion contributing here. <BR> <BR> For those of you who got my email and were also considering the post, please still let me know. I think that with our low activity levels in the group we could stand to shake things up quite a bit with new voices, new perspectives and hopefully som... Fri, 26 Jun 2009 08:40:36 EST I am such a dork. I've been away from my main abode for a week now and am anxious to get back to my bed, my home, my projects, and hopefully my friends... <BR> <BR> But most of all... <BR> <BR> I'm anxious to get back to try on my ski pants. For some reason I'm all of the sudden curious of the change. <BR> <BR> Sun, 7 Jun 2009 03:04:21 EST Dryland training, cross training and speed... Oh my!!! <BR> <BR> I have been on the lookout for ski and snowboard 'dryland' or off season workouts that we can focus on. <BR> <BR> Much of the information that I'm seeing recommends cross training with things like hiking, skating, mountain biking and the like. <BR> <BR> (see <link><BR>cle.cfm/summer_ski_fitness_training </link> or <BR> <link><BR>-mountain-bike-your-way-better-turns-n<BR>ext-season </link> ... Sun, 31 May 2009 05:30:09 EST Mountain/week? I had a brain fart about a possible new challenge (for those of us who are about to enter summer--sorry, folks who are still skiing or who are in the S. Hemisphere!)... I realized that with my skiing goggles on ;-), I see my seasons as "skiing" and "not skiing" (aka gardening). ;-) But I thought that maybe we could still do something semi-mountain (or hill) oriented in the "off" season: we could aim to get a "mountain per week"... and that could be by hiking, or stair-climbing, or stair-step... Mon, 11 May 2009 23:02:55 EST Telemark/fr eeheelrider from Norway! Hello! <BR> <BR> I live in the north of Norway. My passion in life is skiing. We only have two short skilifts in my town so I get a lot of excercise climbing mountains. Most of our mountians and alps here range from 800 meters to 1300 m. The cool thing is we start and end in the fjords! Great way of getting into shape. The weather is heating up, so the roads are free from snow, but there is still loads around. Hope to get 6 weeks more of skiing before I change to hiking boots! I just joined ... Mon, 4 May 2009 15:24:50 EST Fitness tips for skiers and snowboarders thought this belonged here <BR> <BR><BR>ess_articles.asp?id=1219 Mon, 4 May 2009 08:13:26 EST I'm getting the skis today. I can't believe I'm doing this, but... <BR> <BR> I'm ordering skis (and boots) online today. <BR> <BR> I demo'ed some awesome skis earlier this season, and I LOVED them (and when I went in to demo, I asked for something very specific to fit the bill of what I like to ski, my skill level, etc, and they *really* grooved). I've been watching their price ever since... <BR> <BR> Earlier this week, I found them at REI online for about 60% off full price. I feel like I almost can't *not* get ... Fri, 1 May 2009 13:07:14 EST When does your ski area open (in the fall)? Just wondering if any of you have a date yet for when your favorite ski area opens. I probably have a bit less than seven months (late Nov. is usually when it happens, around the 20th or so). I'm thinking of devising some sort of training or goal or *something* to help me count down that time and be in a good place with endurance/fitness when it's open again. Anyone else? Tue, 28 Apr 2009 09:06:21 EST Snowboarders!!! This team appears to really lean towards the skiers, so I'm wondering who the snowboarders are. <BR> <BR> Would love to hear your perspective nearly as much as I would love to have a snowboarding co-captain! <BR> <BR> Let's hear from you! Mon, 27 Apr 2009 04:03:18 EST Focus on Balance... The March/April 2009 issue of Ski Magazine's regular Fitness/Instruction/Gear section was all about balance and 'getting even'. The author was saying that often we don't look to what precipitated a fall (that could lead to an injury) and according to one sports scientist, Darcy Norman, the root is often muscle imbalances. <BR> <BR> Ok my assymetrical teammates, here is the link for you, let's see how balanced or unbalanced we really are. <BR> <BR> No jokes about my being mentally imbalance... Mon, 27 Apr 2009 03:56:40 EST A new forum... I'm adding a new forum, not because our other ones are totally overwhelmed, but because I thought it might help us through the off season to have a forum specifically geared for training and conditioning. <BR> <BR> There are a number of resources available out there that highlight off slope exercises we can all try to integrate into our off season, and I encourage you all to share them here! Mon, 27 Apr 2009 03:39:14 EST Something to believe in... I just read this article and was greatly comforted, although not surprised, to find out that Sparkers give good Spark support and info to questions. <BR> <BR> Good for us being so on top of our game! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>on_articles.asp?id=279 </link> Thu, 23 Apr 2009 17:43:43 EST All the wonderful toys!!! I've been having a hard time transitioning to spring and while I'm pretty sure it's due to the extra 20-30 hours a week I've been working, I'm still going to do what I can to get motivated and inspired. <BR> <BR> In my 5 months or so in SparkPeople I am constantly amazed at all the resources and tools that they make available to us. So many, in fact, that some slip my mind. <BR> <BR> I'm going to try to post here each time that I find tools that are just really neat and handy and encourage... Wed, 22 Apr 2009 02:00:02 EST I must be a glutton for punishment. I keep checking my (closed for the season) ski area's webiste. 20" in the last 24 hrs. And white out conditions on the webcam (why don't they do me a favor and disconnect it?) ;-P <BR> <BR> On the positive side... I think I'm going to go shopping for skis tomorrow. Sat, 18 Apr 2009 15:49:31 EST Have you checked out the new Spark People Reports? The reports for SparkPeople have been updated to allow for more versatility in views as well as to include a few new reports that I think can be really helpful. <BR> <BR> Calorie Differential over time is a great way to see how many calories in vs. how many calories out. <BR> <BR> Dig around! Fri, 10 Apr 2009 12:58:22 EST Where is your fav place to ski? We we all love skiing, but were do we love to ski the most? <BR> <BR> I think the best place I have been skiing so far heavenly, but then I am only an blue skier that has only done a few black runs =] <BR> <BR> What about u? Thu, 9 Apr 2009 07:44:10 EST Hello from Australia Hey there, <BR> <BR> Hope to get to know you all and have a chat about what is fast becomming one of my fav topics =] <BR> <BR> I am slo looking forward to the up and comming ski season, hope to have dropped a few kg so I actually fit into my pants ;p Mon, 6 Apr 2009 23:13:27 EST Great Ski Day! Yesterday was a great ski day- I think maybe the best in my entire life. It was a sunny day but not so sunny that everything was melting (amazing for April). There was no wind and nothing was icy. I skied confidently. On every run that got me a bit scared I told myself either I had done it before or it was no harder than anything I had done in the past. I enjoyed it so much! <BR> <BR> What defines the best ski day for you? Mon, 6 Apr 2009 19:34:00 EST What do you do to replace skiing in the summer??? So this is my first winter in eons really *SKIING*, and I have to admit that I'm a little freaked out about the season coming to an end soon. I was wondering what y'all (and this team and its challenge) will do for fitness to replace skiing/cross-train for next season during the summer. I'll be doing a lot of gardening and hiking, but somehow, it doesn't seem the same. <BR> <BR> (Can we come up with some fun challenges to tide us over?) Mon, 30 Mar 2009 09:51:58 EST The New York Times and my ski weekend collide... <link><BR>/escapes/27lutsen.html?scp=1&sq=Lutsen<BR>&st=cse </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> This is where I spent my weekend! <BR> <BR> We had perfect weather, good snow and amazing views as an ice storm covered the entire area in a inch plus layer of sparkling glory earlier in the week. <BR> <BR> It's fun to see a nice local resort acknowledged! <BR> <BR> Hoohrah for the Midwest!! Sun, 29 Mar 2009 19:26:08 EST Anyone cross-country ski? My forte is alpine skiing, but I'm going to head out and do some nordic this evening, and it got me wondering if anyone else does it. (I'm doing the XC because we got a huge dump of snow and it's convenient--I'll head out with a friend after my hubby gets home from work.) I got into it in college because it was so much cheaper than alpine (pretty much: acquire gear, go ski), but my true love is alpine skiing. <BR> <BR> That said... I love snow, and I'm really looking forward to getting ou... Thu, 26 Mar 2009 19:43:19 EST I'm so excited! After a stressful month of working late following by my boss throwing me under a bus after delivering a project on time (ok, not literally under the bus) I am taking off work tomorrow (with all the comp time I accrued this month that will evaporate the 31st) and I am GOING SKIING!!! WOO HOO! It was 60 last week but starting last night it snowed! All night on the mountain and all day today! Snowbasin, here I come! Mon, 23 Mar 2009 20:17:40 EST Want to brag on my boys. This was the first winter skiing for my sons, ages 4 and 7 (well.. the older one skied *once* when he was in kindergarten). We took a leap of faith and got them season passes to the local ski area (in part because it *was* pretty darned cheap). There's also a good "gear and grow" program at one of the local ski shops for kids' gear. <BR> <BR> I took them up for the first time in November when the ski area first opened. There was only 1 (green) run open at that time... The night before,... Sun, 22 Mar 2009 18:40:35 EST Interesting article from MSN re: ski helmets. <link><BR>1915773/?gt1=43001 </link> <BR> <BR> I read this article about the use of ski helmets today. <BR> <BR> It's interesting and I have very little to say on it other than to comment on the last paragraph where it talks about skiing fatalities. <BR> <BR> I would like to know the number of skiing fatalities that involved extreme skiing, out of bounds skiing or black or double black runs. <BR> <BR> Because honestly, I'm not sure that a helmet is... Fri, 20 Mar 2009 09:33:52 EST I'm not sure what I'm trying to say here... I just read the following headline. <BR> <BR> "Natasha Richardson dies at 45 after ski accident" <BR> <BR> She was on a beginner slope, in a lesson. She died from head injuries sustained in a fall. <BR> <BR> When you hear of the passing of extreme skiers who challenged mountains, physics and their nerve it is less shocking I guess. <BR> <BR> This is a tough one for me to swallow. <BR> <BR> Her loved ones are in my thoughts tonight. Wed, 18 Mar 2009 20:58:57 EST Step it up!!! I dare you to try these and see how it goes. <BR> <BR> Step to the first tread on your stairs for beginner, and the 2nd for advanced. Man, do I LOVE exercises I can do right at home while racing around. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>es.asp?exercise=25 </link> <BR> <BR> Good luck and let me know how it goes for you! Fri, 13 Mar 2009 10:41:39 EST Squat & Lunge!! Let's all push ourselves to squat and lunge through the rest of March. <BR> <BR> I think we're all pretty much in agreement that they are great strength training exercises to condition for skiing and that those of us who are trying to fit them in are doing well with it. <BR> <BR> I'm adding a Challenge that you can add to your goals. See if you can streak some squats and lunges for a few weeks. <BR> <BR> Use a balance ball, or do them without, add weights for additional challenge if you ... Mon, 9 Mar 2009 15:10:06 EST The Most Amazing Gondola in the World! In response to a few posts in theis team about big mountains and fear of heights, you need to read this... <BR> <BR> My husband and I were skiing (well, he skis, I board) at Whistler yesterday for the first time in a few years. For any who might not know of it, Whistler/Blackcomb is by far the biggest mountain resort in North America (2 spearate side by side peaks/mountains, 28 chairlifts, over 600 runs, plus glacier skiing all year...literally is a skiiers heaven...and the site of the 2010 ... Mon, 9 Mar 2009 13:19:37 EST When does your ski/snowboard season wrap up? I'm facing down the barrel of some cruddy spring conditions already. <BR> <BR> How much longer will you guys get to ski? Sun, 8 Mar 2009 23:44:18 EST Goode Skis Any one here give Goode Skis a try? Are they any good? (ha ha! Sorry that one was for Sarah Sly). I here they are great skis. They are actually made here in Ogden. Today we were skiing at Snowbasin (our local) and they were running the Exterra Winter World Championship. Goode Skis where there and I picked up a pair. Holy cow! They are like air- they are made of some composite that weighs NOTHING. I was wondering what skiing on them is like. Sun, 8 Mar 2009 21:28:49 EST Anyone telemark? Any advice? A friend is encouraging me to learn to telemark while I'm teaching my kids how to ski on the easy slopes. Does anyone out there telemark? Any advice? Thanks! Thu, 5 Mar 2009 09:37:02 EST Lose weight ski great? My husband and I were discussing my skiing on Sunday. I've lost 28 lbs. since last ski season and I have to say my skiing has improved dramatically. I am 7 lbs. from my goal, but I mentioned what if I lost another 20 lbs., would I ski better? He said, 'absolutely'. I am wondering if that is really true. Do others have thoughts on how weight affects skiing? Tue, 3 Mar 2009 23:43:09 EST Back on the mountain after surgery! Yesterday I returned to skiing- 17 days after gall bladder removal. I had a great day with no pains or issues. I think I went even faster than before surgery! <BR> <BR> Check out the picture of my great day on my spark page Mon, 16 Feb 2009 11:27:21 EST Big Mountain Psych Out. Ever get spooked on the slopes? Mon, 9 Feb 2009 10:58:56 EST Women's Ski/Snowboard Attire... My Vent. Over the years I've have spent countless hours looking for jackets and pants made for a woman that fit me. <BR> <BR> I have yet to find any. <BR> <BR> There are quite a few of my regular social circle on the slopes who are firm believers in being at the height of snow fashion while riding at the hill... <BR> <BR> I'm not one of those fashion monkeys. Skiing for me is not a fashion show. It's a hobby, it's a sport, I'd rather wow them with my carving than my snappy goggles that are thi... Tue, 27 Jan 2009 11:16:33 EST Hydration on the Slopes... Do you guys wear hydration packs when hitting the slopes? <BR> Fri, 23 Jan 2009 11:35:15 EST Jump Rope Challenge! I've added a new goal for our team. <BR> <BR> This workout really gets you moving in not much time. I do it without the jump rope to save curious dogs' noses as well as to avoid injuring myself during ski season. <BR> <BR> Let's give it a whirl for a few weeks! Thu, 22 Jan 2009 10:10:25 EST skiing after gall bladder surgery I just found out I have to have gall bladder surgery next week. My surgeon said I should be fine to ski after 10 days. Has anyone had this surgery during the ski season? How quickly did you recover? This is a laproscopic process- 4 little incisions. Wed, 21 Jan 2009 23:43:02 EST Calories when skiing accurate? I added skiing to my cardio yesterday, and the # of cals/hr seemed really high--480. I could buy that when I'm skiing by myself (ie, really hard) with no lines, but how accurate do you think that is? <BR> <BR> (Yesterday, I was skiing with my sons, all greens and blues, and I was trying to do good form, etc, but they *are* slower than I am, and the lines on those slopes are longer. On the other hand, I have to lift my 4 yr old onto the chair every time we ride the lift, I pick him up whe... Mon, 19 Jan 2009 22:20:27 EST Hello from SD! Been snowboarding for 10 of 11 years. Not too many hills around my area, have to drive forever for that. I take trips every year to different places to board. Last year it was Loveland and Winter Park. Any suggestions for this year within driving distance? Mon, 19 Jan 2009 20:40:38 EST Deals on Lift Tickets for Summit County? I'm off to a week in Breckenridge on Feb 1st and trying to figure out the most cost effective way to maximize our time on the slopes. <BR> <BR> Anyone have any "ins" on scoring some lift ticket deals? Mon, 19 Jan 2009 11:19:43 EST New Challenges Forum... Alright my silent members team - this is my challenge to you. <BR> <BR> Come up with a challenge that you think will make us all better on the slopes. <BR> <BR> Post it here. Maybe some week long challenges... maybe some longer term, maybe just something you need some support in doing for yourself... <BR> <BR> and now I... am off to the slopes! <BR> <BR> Fri, 16 Jan 2009 12:31:36 EST Ski-related strength exercises? Just wondering what everyone's favorites for being in shape to ski are. I do wall squats every day (don't like to feel my thighs burning when I'm heading down the hill). Any recs? Fri, 9 Jan 2009 15:30:18 EST Greetings from the UK! o/ Hi :) <BR> <BR> I love to ski, not in the Uk though... so i thought i'd join and introduce myself! <BR> <BR> I'm Louise, 23 and i go on a skiing holiday once per year for a couple of weeks. <BR> <BR> I've been skiing for a few years now, and can do easy black slopes - although i do suffer from minor panic attacks if i think i'm on something too steep lol <BR> <BR> I'm still taking lessons so it should be overcome eventually <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> Tue, 6 Jan 2009 11:48:42 EST I heart snow Hi there! I'm a native Oregonian that has been transplanted in NYC because of my career. Grew up boarding Hood but once I moved out to the East coast, I had to completely relearn how to ride because of the icy conditions. Hope everyone is enjoying the season so far!! Mon, 5 Jan 2009 21:05:31 EST Hello from Colorado! Howdy-- <BR> <BR> I'm new to SP, not new to skiing. I grew up in W. Colo. and started skiing at a young age. I stopped when I went to college (too $$$) and grad school, and I've had 3 kids. I skiied last winter for the first time in 20 years (eek!), but seriously, it was the most fun I've had all year. My husband and I and two of our kids have season passes this year (we live ~30-40 min from a ski area). I've been up 5 times so far this year. I'm very happy about that. Being in good s... Sat, 3 Jan 2009 23:01:52 EST Hello from the greatest snow on earth! Hello! I was lurking on someone's sparkpage and discovered this team. What a great team- I love to ski! I am in Utah, yes home of the greatest snow on earth (well we believe so). I've been here 3 1/2 years. Unfortunately I tore my ACL the beginning of the '07 season but I was back last year and I'm even better this year. I'll be up bright and early tomorrow to ski. Happy snow thoughts all! Sat, 3 Jan 2009 22:49:49 EST Worst conditions you've been skiing/sno wboarding. Today while riding it went from just a moist cold wind to a little rain and more wind gusts, to a steady drizzle of freezing rain. <BR> <BR> People were complaining, but I was thinking it was not so bad compared to the day it rained... and I mean RAINED on us all day at a telemarking festival in LaCrosse, WI. <BR> <BR> It makes me wonder, what are the worst conditions you've been out in for your sport? Sat, 3 Jan 2009 19:53:22 EST Hi from northern CA Hi there! I'm a new mom who REALLY misses the slopes. I spent a winter working at Kirkwood years ago, where I could ski nearly every day, especially on those WONDERFUL powder days, and I'm really hoping to fit in a trip or two this year. I've been skiing my whole life, and I just love it. Fri, 2 Jan 2009 05:15:01 EST Anyone have a ski trip planned for this season? I'm being forced to choose between Colorado, Utah and Montana since we can only take one trip this year. <BR> <BR> Where are you guys going? <BR> <BR> Sun, 28 Dec 2008 17:34:11 EST Happy Holidays!!! That's all... just a little good will to the team! Wed, 24 Dec 2008 09:27:45 EST Have you been out riding this year? Minnesota has had a stellar year with an unusually early start to the "making snow" season. I've been lucky enough to have been out skiing 10 times already. (don't tell my boss) <BR> <BR> Have you been out skiing/snowboarding yet this year? <BR> <BR> If so, where'd you go? Mon, 15 Dec 2008 09:25:39 EST Pole Planting 101. I want a class to refresh myself (or learn for the first time) on how to fully utilize my poles. Since I've never skied on straight sticks, I never have had HUGE need for them and to be honest, I think it's one of the weaknesses in my form. <BR> <BR> Anyone have any tips for improving my skills? I feel like a dunce. <BR> Mon, 8 Dec 2008 17:26:54 EST What can you do today.... that will make it easier for you to have fun doing the stuff you love tomorrow? <BR> <BR> If I get to bed at a reasonable time tonight, I can get up to go skiing tomorrow. <BR> <BR> How about you guys? Sat, 6 Dec 2008 10:05:51 EST Season pass holders? Bulk ticket buyers? I'm wondering how many of you out there are season pass holders, or if you're near a local ski area. <BR> <BR> I hold a season pass to a little hill not far from home, so it's easy to go out and make a few turns on a day that I might not have gone out at all. It's nice to know I can go out and ski an hour and it's not costing me a fortune. <BR> <BR> Many ski areas offer great deals on pre-season ticket sales. I bulk purchased some tickets for other ski areas near me as well, as an incenti... Thu, 4 Dec 2008 14:17:37 EST Hellow from the land of steers....... ............ Hi, ya'all, <BR> <BR> Sadly I am stuck in Texas, and worse yet South Central Texas, where the closest thing to a mountain is the Hill Country, aptly named.... <BR> <BR> Okay, about me. I started skiing when I was 11 years old. I literally forged my dad's signature on the permission slip for school trips all the way until I was 15 or so. Back then, a lift ticket was about $5.00, so it was fairly easy to do on what I saved from mowing lawns....etc. I was inspired to ski by the Olympics an... Tue, 2 Dec 2008 18:09:06 EST Hi from PA Hi, my husband and I are co-owners of a small resort in northern PA. We are off the beaten path, but have tons of great, challenging terrain. The best thing so far this winter about getting in shape is that my first 8 hr day on the slopes was a breeze! No soreness or muscle pain, just plain old end of the day skiing/boarding tiredness! (I'm a skier for about 25 years, but recently started snowboarding. Now that all my kids are old enough to ride the lift and ski on their own, I'm hoping to im... Mon, 1 Dec 2008 21:28:04 EST Best mountain you've ever skiied/boarded Just curious to hear from everyone what your favorite mountain is, or what is the best mountain you've ever skiied or snowboarded at. <BR> <BR> Without a doubt for me it's Whistler mountain, site of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. <BR> <BR> How about everyone else? Thu, 27 Nov 2008 15:43:49 EST Hello from Minnesota!! The thing that brought me to SparkPeople was that it is the second year in a row that my ski pants were tight when I did my pre-season equipment check. No one wants to ski in tight pants. <BR> <BR> We're having a landmark year in MN with more than a few hills open on weekends in the weeks before Thanksgiving. I've had two full fun days out already, which for here is pretty unheard of. <BR> <BR> I'd like to be ready for big mountains again by February of this year, so I'm hoping to keep on... Mon, 24 Nov 2008 19:06:29 EST salut de Québec! Hi folks, <BR> <BR> I'm an Ontario gal, recently moved to Québec City. This winter I intend to take full advantage of the amazing skiing here in the Laurentians. In fact, I bought new skis on Friday for the first time in my life =) <BR> <BR> I was hoping that joining this team will motivate me and give me a source of information. Happy skiing to all! <BR> <BR> <em>263</em> Sun, 9 Nov 2008 20:10:50 EST Hi from downstate NY Just wanted to introduce myself. Long time skier, but new to the group. I have a trip out to Park City and the Canyons planned for February so I'm trying to make sure I'm in really good shape by then. If you have any suggestions, please let me know! I get bored doing the same stuff at the gym so I LOVE new ideas!!! Great season to everyone! Thanks! <em>30</em> Sun, 9 Nov 2008 17:57:51 EST First winter in Portland Oregon Hey everyone. my husband and I moved to Portland Oregon this summer and this is our first winter here. We are looking at season passes and trying to decide which resort on Mt. Hood to go with. Any advice? Thu, 30 Oct 2008 15:07:41 EST Getting the Itch Hey You snow lovers I am getting the itch. Hope everyone is looking forward to a god season of skiing/snowboarding Mon, 6 Oct 2008 22:36:51 EST Think snow Hi everyone! I am a skier trying to stay fit and look better. Sun, 7 Sep 2008 12:02:07 EST Canadian Skiiers Any other Canadian ski addicts out there? <BR> I'm Hailing from Collingwood, the highest elevation in Ontario. Fri, 29 Aug 2008 11:06:10 EST Hello from Northern Lower Michigan Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Sue and I love snowboarding. I have been riding for 3 years but I am still on the intermediate hills for the most part. I am 47 this year. I started snowboarding to be with my kids. I was very out of shape at the time. I stuck with it through the winter with the help of many motrin! After that I vowed to get in shape an lost 50 pounds. I kept it off for two years but this last year it has started creeping back on. I am on Spark People to get my foc... Fri, 29 Aug 2008 10:15:55 EST Allo from another skier I think my skiing is the glue that holds me all together through everything. Really, its just always been there for me. Back in primary school my skiing made me 'cool' because of getting to leave for trips to far away places. In junior school it gave me a team when I started racing downhill. In senior school it gave me prestige as I became part of the varsity team. Now in college it give me those good times to hold on to, and continuity with my past as I continue racing on my university's tea... Sat, 23 Aug 2008 17:53:58 EST Hello from Wanaka, New Zealand I was lying in bed last night thinking about sparkpeople and I thought when I wake up in the morning I'm going to check if there is a snowboarding team - and now I found you!!! Don't know why I didn't think to look earlier. <BR> <BR> It is the middle of winter here and we are right in the middle of the ski season. We have had incredible snow fall over the whole country, some of the best conditions for 10 years. All the fields are amazing, loads of powder, and great off piste conditions. ... Thu, 21 Aug 2008 21:15:06 EST Team Member Pat Collins Passed away To the Friends of Pat: <BR> <BR> I was honored to receive a telephone call from Pat's mother this evening who sadly called to inform me of his sudden death August 3 from an apparent heart attack. Pat's mother told me that she knows how much he cared for his Spark friends and how much they meant to him.. It was in her grief and sorrow, that **she** was reaching out to **me** -- to all of us -- concerned that we would worry about Pat. What an incredible woman!!! And just like Pat, I felt like ... Sun, 17 Aug 2008 21:28:27 EST new to Sparks ski team Long time skier since 1979. Tried snowboard lessons several times and I just suck, not willing to put in the time on the snow on my knees and butt. I rollerblade during the off-season. <BR> <BR> First Name: Denise <BR> <BR> Nickname: DeeDee DeeC Dee (but I prefer Denise) <BR> <BR> Birthday: jan 8 <BR> <BR> Home State/Country: Maryland <BR> <BR> Marital Status: divorced <BR> <BR> Number of Siblings: 4 <BR> <BR> Number of Children (include names and ages): 0 <BR> <BR> Pets: Non... Wed, 28 May 2008 17:31:38 EST What do you do all summer to stay in Ski Shape? I found myself out of shape at the start of this 2007-2008 ski season. I want to avoid that next year. I plan to bike a lot this summer to keep my legs strong. I also plan to enter a few 5K runs. What does everyone else do to stay in shape? Sun, 27 Apr 2008 23:40:40 EST Hi, I'm new here!!! Hi everyone! New to this team, not new to spark... Just stoppin' by to say hi, I've was a snowboard instructor at Mountain High for six years... =) Sun, 27 Apr 2008 14:55:26 EST Hi from Capital District of NY I just found this site - too bad I found it at the end of ski season, but I'm happy to be here just the same. I'm a downhill and Nordic skier. I downhill ski most of the time in VT, but we like to take a trip out west whenever we can. Anyone else from the Northeast? Sun, 13 Apr 2008 18:36:30 EST Off season exercises? Hi, I was wondering what you folks have found for high calorie burning off season exercises? <BR> <BR> My local ski area just closed this week (with over 100 inches of snow still ) and I need to do something quick to burn the equivalent of 800 calories at least twice a week. Any suggestions? <em>46</em> Mon, 31 Mar 2008 16:30:38 EST Do you wear a helmet when you ski? I don't and it is really a vanity issue. I've skied for over 35 years, so I figure that there's no reason to start now. I've been re-thinking that this past week for 2 reasons. <BR> 1. It might help keep me warm - my friend says that she's been warmer skiing with a helmet than she's ever been with a regular hat. <BR> 2. Yesterday while skiing with my daughter, I had a scary incident. She has her goggles attached to her helmet and had them hanging in the back, because she didn't want to wear ... Sat, 8 Mar 2008 16:11:28 EST Hello everyone, central Ohio here I'm 42 and act like I'm 15 when on my bike or on skis. Luckily I live only 10 minutes away from Mad River Mountain Ski area. Which makes it really nice (I've skied more this year than the last ten combined). I hope to hear from someone in the who lives close to talk with. talk to ya later, Kevin Thu, 6 Mar 2008 08:32:14 EST Hi from Washington Hi, I'm Erik from the Seattle, Washington Area. I ski (downhill) roughly twice a week and race a bit, I enjoy powder, moguls, steeps, backcountry, and even ice when I get it. <BR> <BR> Are we supposed to have skiing related goals? I mostly get fit to ski, rather than ski to get fit. Mon, 3 Mar 2008 17:10:03 EST Hi I'm from PA Hello All, I am from PA and I started snowboarding 2006-2007 season. I love it, I don't think I picked up as fast as I should have but I didn't get out as often as I liked/needed to the first year. It's a hobby that I get to go with my hubby. We are intermediate. Check out my spark page, it has some mountain pictures on it. Mon, 3 Mar 2008 15:54:00 EST How do you count your downhill fitness minutes? Locally, our ski runs are very short. It takes less than a minute to do one run. I have a hard time estimating how much fitness I'm getting in in a 4 hour outing. How do you compute your fitness minutes? Mon, 3 Mar 2008 08:35:32 EST Hi there from Michigan New to this team, I've been on the cross-country ski team since January. I am both a x-c skier and a downhill skier. It's been a great season here in Michigan. I've been out skiing more this year than the past 5 years combines. Mon, 3 Mar 2008 08:33:01 EST Hi - new here! Skiing again after a few years. This is my first true ski vacation and probably the best thing I have ever done for myself! Looking forward to skiing more and being part of this team! Thu, 14 Feb 2008 21:05:18 EST Back-Country Tips? I am embarking on my first back-country trip this next weekend and I was wondering if anyone had any tips for me. My husband and I are avid mountain climbers so we are well versed in avalanche safety and we have all the proper equipment on that side. Also we have ventured out into the "back-country" at Crystal Mountain where we have had passes the past few years but I have never had to skin up or anything. Any tips would be appreciated! Tue, 12 Feb 2008 12:56:11 EST Injuries So I broke my leg landing a kicker last season pretty early on. I made it on to the skis before the season wrapped up but I was still recovering and I didn't really get back to skiing hard until this season. Even early this season I was a bit scared and taking it easy. Finally I decided to really go for it and . . . I pulled something in the same leg! I have been "resting" it for over a month now. I really get overly frustrated about these things. Does anyone have any advice for how to chill ... Wed, 6 Feb 2008 17:40:54 EST Kids and Skiing How old were your kids when they started skiing? Did you start them on skis or board? My little guy is four this winter and wants to snowboard. He has never skiied. Is that a problem? How many lessons starting out did you put them in? Mon, 4 Feb 2008 15:07:18 EST Snowbum, newbie, or somewhere in between? How much do you ski? What is your favorite type of run (groomer, moguls, powder, etc.)? Please note that EVERYONE is welcome in this forum, regardless of level. Newbies are greatly appreciated here, and questions on that level are highly encouraged, as this is a friendly helping community. <BR> <BR> The number of pairs of skis discussion got me thinking about this. Pairs of skis definitely does not dictate the level of skier or frequency. <BR> <BR> My Answers: <BR> This year I have been... Thu, 31 Jan 2008 13:22:17 EST hello from Washington Hi! My name is Rachel and I LOVE to ski. I am learning how to snowboard this year as well. My husband and I have season passes this year and the snow has bee just awesome. This week is supposed to be especially good. Anyone else from Washington? Tue, 29 Jan 2008 14:17:19 EST Hello from Calgary! Hi! I am new to the group, and I live in Calgary, Alberta. I am a long-time skier, and have taken up snowboarding over the last 5 years. Being so close to the Rockies will do that! I grew up in Nova Scotia, and skied the East Coast hills (SugarLoaf, Stowe, Sunday River, Marble Mountain). Now that I'm in the mountains, I've barely scratched the surface! There are so many to choose from! <BR> Anyway, glad to be part of a group of snow-lovers! Mon, 21 Jan 2008 17:25:41 EST Hi from Southern Oregon! Hi you guys! <BR> I just joined SP and I'm excited to get going! <BR> <BR> I love to ski! I'm currently able to hit the slopes 1-2 times a week. My youngest daughter is in an after school ski/snowboard program that I go with on Wednesdays. I am fortunate to live only about 40 minutes away from a steep little ski park in Oregon, Mt. Ashland!!! I also love to go to Mt. Bachelor and Mt. Shasta! My family is thinking about planning a trip to The Meadows soon. It sounds like a cool place to ski a... Mon, 21 Jan 2008 02:22:26 EST Long-time skier, new to group! Hi everyone! I've been skiing for as long as I can remember - since I was 3 - and when I'm on my skis I feel like I am totally in my element. <BR> <BR> ... wellllll... except for last year when I was SO out of shape ... <BR> <BR> I am DETERMINED not to be out of shape like that EVER again... So, I've lost a few pounds and gotten in much better shape since last year. I'm headed on a family ski trip in the beginning of March and would love to get some feedback on what exercises I can do t... Thu, 17 Jan 2008 13:30:02 EST Healthy Eating Travel Advice, please I am blessed to be traveling to Europe next week to ski and have begun thinking about ways to continue to eat clean. I know it is wonderful to try all the different foods and wine however, I don't want to gain tons of weight or feel blaahhhh. My husband has already agreed to split desserts with me. I am looking for ideas to maintain the interval eating. I am packing almonds, organic peanut butter and some dried fruit and I will get to the market as soon as we get there for some fruit. <BR> ... Thu, 17 Jan 2008 09:20:30 EST East Coast Slopes Have any skiiers or boarders made it out yet this year?? <BR> <BR> I'm stuck, for now, in New York and it seems like every time it starts to get cold enough for the slopes to build up some snow we get a heat wave like today, and says for the rest of the week. How are we suppose to get out there if it doesn't even drop below 50 degrees!! I actually took my skis with me when I went home this year and it was raining on the slopes the Sunday before. <BR> <BR> Ok, I'm done vent... Mon, 7 Jan 2008 17:57:12 EST Best run of the day. Where, when, run, snow? I want to hear about everyones best runs of the day so if I'm not out on the slopes I can live vicariously through yours. Tell me the resort, the run, what time of the day, and what the snow was like. GIVE ME DETAILS. I'll let you know tonight what mine was. <BR> <BR> Happy swooshing. Sat, 22 Dec 2007 10:42:13 EST Monster Wrist Rmt-Control for ipod? anyone use it? hello, <BR> <BR> Monster makes a wrist remote control for the ipod and was wondering if anyone has used it for skiing/boarding?... looks like a great idea, it has big buttons to control the ipod, fwd/rewind/pause/vol up/vol down.... and it Velcros around your wrist on the outside of your gloves.... <BR> <BR> CHEERS!! <BR> <BR> LM Mon, 17 Dec 2007 15:52:22 EST Hello Hello to fellow skiers and snowboarders. I live in Apsen and I will be doing my first skiing of the year Saturday the 15th been a bit sick so haven't been able to hit the slopes. I am a skier and the snow is looking real good here. So happy skiing to everyone and Merry Christmas Sat, 15 Dec 2007 00:57:51 EST any boarders? any know CO? I've been snowboarding for about 3 seasons. I live in Georgia so a season consists of one big trip out west and then several small trips to West Virginia or North Carolina. I'm heading out this Saturday for Keystone. We're staying in Keystone, but also boarding at A-Basin, Breckenridge, and Vail! I've been to Breckenridge, but does anyone have recommendations on the others? I'm an intermediate boarder... I do blues and blue/blacks (avoiding all moguls). Thu, 13 Dec 2007 08:26:55 EST What running gear do you want for Christmas? OOOPPSS wrong team!! sorry... but that said.... <BR> <BR> What things to help you with your skiing are you hoping to get for xmas? i need some gloves... mine are nasty... <BR> <BR> what are the good ones out there? <BR> <BR> <BR> CHEERS!! Tue, 11 Dec 2007 09:32:39 EST How many pairs of skis do you own? old, older, oldest!! just can't seem to throw them out!!LOL.... k2, rossi, volks... span a "single black diamond" ski hobby for the last 25 years... <BR> <BR> 6pairs... <BR> <BR> <BR> CHEERS!! Tue, 11 Dec 2007 08:39:02 EST Hello Everyone! I am a rebounding skier. Started again last year after many years on my butt. Haven't progressed past my 9th grade skills and am looking to improve myself and my confidence on skis so I can enjoy the trips we have planned. Sat, 8 Dec 2007 04:42:28 EST You Want a Glass? Newbie to the team!! hey guys/gals!! <BR> <BR> got introduced to the team by a fellow SPer CASIA-ANNE!!(thanx casia team:rookie running group)... i've been on SP since august of 2006 with a lot of success (80ish lbs)and now my focus is not really on losing but more on maintaining while losing a little each month and just living active and healthy... I got into running a few weeks ago and ran my first 5k t-giving morning time 30:25!! <BR> <BR> I'VE ALWAYS LOVED DOWNHILL; however, because of my location I have to... Tue, 4 Dec 2007 15:32:01 EST Old Skier, new to the team Hi, I've been skiing for most of my life (since about 10 yrs old). In college I was on the racing team (two seasons ago since). And last season I didn't get to the slopes at all. It was a bad combination of poor planning with my skis at my mom's house and general 'just out of college' poverty. I'm excited for this season, although I may not get out as much as I want, I will get out to the slopes at least a few times. <BR> <BR> And the other stuff.. I've been on SP for a few months. Made... Wed, 28 Nov 2007 11:36:06 EST Please send your snow to Oregon!!! Hello everyone.....if you have any snow you're not using Mt Bachelor could really use it :) They opened yesterday with less than 12"???? I have my pass but I'm not using my board up there until at least 48" and even then there are those big volcanic rocks! <BR> <BR> Just checking in to see what everyone else is up to, and watching the weather. It's cold 19 this morning, but dry....... <BR> <BR> Is anyone feeling sorry for me yet???? <BR> <BR> Have a great day!! Sat, 24 Nov 2007 11:09:28 EST Hello! Any cross-country skiers? Hello everyone, <BR> I am new to this site. <BR> I hope I can reach my goals with a little help from snow. Cant wait for it...about a month and a half if I'm lucky. <BR> Good luck everyone. Mon, 12 Nov 2007 06:12:27 EST Colorado is open! Arapahoe Basin opened yesterday! I won't be up for awhile as there is virtually no natural snow and the 1 run open isn't enough room for all the skiers/boarders but it's great to know the season is almost upon us. <em>20</em> Thu, 11 Oct 2007 23:25:51 EST Snowmaking has begun! At Loveland Ski Area snowmaking has begun. See the beautiful sight! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 27 Sep 2007 13:26:46 EST Mount Shasta says hello! I'm starting to have those ski dreams again - anyone else? Fortunately, I'm always awesome in the dreams - time to make it a reality for this season. <em>102</em> Thu, 16 Aug 2007 15:42:15 EST Hello from upstate NY! Hi! <BR> My name is Anne, and I live in upstate New York, the REAL upstate, not what's upstate to people in NYC. :) I live about an hour from the Adirondacks, and grew up in the mountains. I just started boarding two winters ago, and only get out minimally due to work and home committments. I am doing pretty well, I think. At least I don't hurt as much as I did when I first started. I am trying to get in shape for the season, which is hopefully longer than this past one! (which starte... Sun, 12 Aug 2007 21:22:12 EST what is everyone doing to get ready for ski season I just signed up for a rollar blading class that will supposedly enhance ski technique. What do you do to get ready for winter? Sun, 12 Aug 2007 00:07:09 EST Hello! I have only been skiing for two full seasons--but I absolutely love it. I live in Roseville, CA within a short drive of the Sierra Nevada Mts (Sugar Bowl, Heavenly, Alpine Meadows, Squaw, Mt. Rose etc etc). <BR> <BR> I am looking forward to getting to know all of you--although it looks like things are a little quiet here during the off-season! Tue, 24 Jul 2007 19:59:46 EST Well Its Official Utah has gotten more snow in June than it did in April. Figures Thu, 7 Jun 2007 08:48:51 EST Snowboard training practice outside of winter? I had a quick question for you all out there anything you guys do to practice your snowboarding skills outside of winter? I just got the hang of toe-cutting last time I went snowboarding, but I don't want to lose that skill because I never used it until the following winter. Any hints or suggestions? Tue, 15 May 2007 08:12:40 EST i miss winter i guess i'll just have to enjoy MTBing Thu, 10 May 2007 13:52:54 EST ultimate frisbee anyone? Hi! I am taking the opportunity to plug my new group here since I thought it might interest some of you ski geeks. I have started a group for anyone who loves to play frisbee (ultimate and/or golf), so come join if you are interested! I am hoping to get discussions going on when and were to find pickup, hat tournaments, and coed leagues, and how people have benefited from the sport. <BR> <BR> So, look for my team (Frisbee Lovers United) under: Fitness and Exercise--Participant Sports--Other Tue, 27 Mar 2007 13:25:10 EST Spring skiing is here! I hope everyone has fun this spring. Do the hills everyone skis have a Mardi Gras type party day? Thu, 1 Mar 2007 08:53:53 EST Weight training to benefit skiing Hey guys, <BR> Just wondering what exercises people do to build up strength for skiing? I've been doing lunges and squats to work on my quads and calves, and I think it's helped. This year I'm determined to keep up strength in the offseason so that I don't have my muscles screaming at me the first few times back. <BR> What exercises have you found to be good for building up snowsports strength? Sun, 25 Feb 2007 17:58:27 EST How many calories does skiing/boarding burn? This is a pretty open question. I'm really curious to see what everyone thinks. The SP tracker gives a ton of credit, which is not quite right, I don't think. I've tried to keep track mentally of how much time I was actually on runs, but it still seems high. I got a heart rate monitor last night and plan to wear it skiing tomorrow to see what the real deal is. I'll report back, but I'm curious to hear what others think... Sat, 17 Feb 2007 16:00:22 EST How has the weight lose helped... How has the weight lose so far in your diet helped your riding or skiing? Do you notice any difference? <BR> <BR> Fri, 26 Jan 2007 11:53:04 EST Help! Tips for healing a sprained ankle anyone? I just injured my ankle really bad, and the Doc. says 4-6 weeks before it will be back in shape. He does say I might be able to ski earlier than that since the ski boot is so stiff and supportive. But right now, even the thought of ski boots makes my ankle hurt. Or maybe it is just hurting anyway... <BR> <BR> I don't want to miss the rest of the regular season before spring skiing starts! Any suggestions on making my ankle strong quick? Thu, 25 Jan 2007 12:53:37 EST My intro and backcountry Hi everyone! I just joined the team so thought I should introduce myself. I'm living in Vancouver, BC, but I learned to ski downhill in the Alberta rockies at the age of 5. Have done some x-country and just recently bought my first pair of telemark skis. <BR> <BR> The backcountry experience is amazing! I love the elegance of the tele turn, even if it is hard on the knees. Lately we have had amazing snowfall around here and this past Sunday I was out in the backcountry with some friends in 6... Mon, 22 Jan 2007 17:34:54 EST Recent Ski Trips Well, maybe it is appropriate to start a new category since the slopes have been open for a while now! Tell about your recent ski trips: When, where, rate your experience, etc. <BR> <BR> <em>48</em> <em>42</em> Mon, 11 Dec 2006 13:33:05 EST Has anyone hit the slopes yet???? Has anyone started their session yet? My fiance and I are heading up to Breckenridge & Keystone for Thanksgiving but we might need to go before that since we are getting more snow this weekend! <em>129</em> Wed, 8 Nov 2006 10:06:02 EST Ski Training aside from the normal running biking ect anyone have anything that has worked well for them in the past. <BR> <BR> I have found doing 3 sets of squats a night with the ball works Mon, 30 Oct 2006 15:24:46 EST Snow snacks Just wondering what is everybody's favorite quick snack on the hill. We try not to stop for lunch. We get there sorta early...cept for powder days...ride through lunch and just have stuff in our pockets on the hill. This way we get to go hard when everybody else is filling their bellies in the lodge. Dont you notice how tired and unsafe everybody is after a lunch. <BR> <BR> Anyhow...I dont think my usual granola bar and koolaid sport drink is going to work this season with me trying to l... Mon, 23 Oct 2006 23:08:36 EST General Discussion I expect that this area will be for any and everything and that more specific topic zones will grow as more people join the snow loving ranks. Tue, 29 Aug 2006 00:00:19 EST Beginners (new forum member welcome zone) This is the zone to introduce yourself. Don't be shy, just say, 'hi'! <BR> <BR> And wouldn't it be nice to have a name cheat sheet for folks around this team? I thought so, even though I could only find names for half of y'all. <BR> AM_I_AM - ? <BR> BUSSE03 - Anne <BR> BLUEBERRYSCONES - ? <BR> BRIDE2BE9.30.07 - ? <BR> DWEENLADY - ? <BR> ELMOPUTNEY - ? <BR> GETFITTOSKI - ? <BR> HUSKYKHURRY - Shalon <BR> KAYOTIC - Kay? <BR> MALICIOUSEEK - Erin <BR> MONY924 - Mony <BR> SKIGEEK - Jeff <BR> SKI... Mon, 28 Aug 2006 23:58:42 EST