Planning a trip to the Vail Ski Resort? Want to have a good time and stay safe on the slopes? If so, make sure you're properly prepared!
Like any other sport, skiing has its risks. Common mistakes, such as leaning back and moving your hips, may lead to accidents. Even the pros can fall into these traps.
In 2013, seven-time Formula 1 World Champion Michael Schumacher suffered a head injury while skiing in France. A helmet can save your life and reduce the impact of a head injury.
To stay safe, wear adequate equipment, dress for the weather, and follow riding etiquette. If you're out of shape, work out and boost your fitness before hitting the slopes.
Before starting your trip, check out these tips for shredding the slopes like a pro:
A few decades ago, snowboarding was an expensive sport. Nowadays, anyone can rent or buy equipment at affordable rates. Along with a good board here are other things to consider.
First of all, get a helmet. You don’t have to ride fast to wear one. Helmets protect against head injuries and absorb shocks in case of a collision.
Over the past decade or so, the number of skull fractures has dropped by half thanks to the widespread use of helmets.
You also need adequate winter sports apparel. Proper clothing will keep you warm and allow you to move freely on the slopes. Also, using layers will allow you to add or remove clothing as necessary to adapt to quickly changing weather conditions typical of the high alpine environment.
Don't forget about basic accessories. Waterproof gloves, neck warmers, goggles, and insulating socks will make a huge difference and help you enjoy yourself and focus more on making turns.
Rental skis or a rental snowboard are a smart alternative to owning and maintaining gear. If you are traveling from afar, it doesn't make sense to haul your own equipment.
The sun is extremely powerful in the alpine environment and combined with the reflective nature of the snow, be sure to apply sufficient sunscreen to protect your skin from the UV rays.
Even though the Vail Ski Resort appeals to skiers and riders of all levels, you still need to be in shape. Snow sports require stability and balance. Focus on building leg strength and increasing your overall stamina.
Look for leg exercises that target your quads, hamstrings, glutes, and calves. For instance, skiing puts a lot of stress on the quads, so you must work those muscles before hitting the slopes. Lunges, squats, and calf raises are a great choice. Another popular exercise for skiers are called wall sits, where you sit against a wall with your back strait and your knees bent at 90 degrees for 3-5 minutes at a time. You will surely feel the burn, and develop the strength that will help you enjoy your time on the slopes even more.
To improve your balance work your core muscles. Doing yoga is a great compliment to develop strength, flexibility, and balance. Keeping your upper body strong help prevent injuries. Do pull-ups, biceps curls, triceps extensions, and push-ups will strengthen your arms, back and chest muscles.
Start working out at least one month before heading to the Vail Ski Resort. Exercise three to four times a week. When you're short on time, go for a run or do full body circuits.
You will want to keep your knees bent and your upper body aimed at a point at the bottom of the line you choose.
If you are skiing, maintain a balanced stance. Your legs should be hip-width apart.
There is a fine line between leaning back and leaning too far forward. You will have more control by keeping your weight centered over your feet on the skis. Limit hip movement and refrain from twisting your body as you go down the slopes. The skier should understand what stance is best for their and make sure their bindings are set-up correctly depending on their height, weight, and ability.
If these things seem overwhelming, don't hesitate to take lessons. This way, you'll learn good form and avoid injuries. This will help you maximize your enjoyment on the slopes and make sure you get home in one piece.
Just like driving, riding has its rules. Without them, people would bump into each other or get lost.
The trails in the Vail Ski resort are marked with diamonds, squares, and circles. These graphic elements show the degree of difficulty of slopes. Green circles indicate the easiest trails, blue squares indicate terrain suited for intermediate level skills, and black diamonds indicate the trails for expert skiers only with challenging terrain and features such as steeper slopes, trees, and other hazards. For the more experienced only, there are the double black diamond marked trails which indicate the most difficult terrain and danger for the novice or intermediate skiers.
When you're on the slopes, it's tempting to go fast. It is very fun and makes you feel free and empowered. However, it is important to be aware of the trail you are on and where other skiers/snowboarders are with respect to your line. The main thing is to stay in control and don't go faster than your skill level permits.
Never go off-piste (out of bounds) unless you are an advanced skier and very familiar with the area. If not, it is a good idea to find mountain guide who can show you the best lines and help you avoid dangers such as cliffs, avalanche zones, and other common hazards.
Now that you know how to get started on the journey to skiing greatness, plan your trip to the Vail Ski Resort!
As the third largest mountain ski resort in the U.S., there is plenty of terrain for people of all ages and skill levels.
After a fun-filled day on the slopes, you can relax at the spa, go shopping, and enjoy the views of the beautiful Gore Range from your favorite restaurant or bar. If you still have energy after skiing all day, head over to the Golden Peak Terrain Park or check out the freestyle terrain areas.
Vail is home to a wonderful variety of restaurants and art galleries. It is a European style village with quant architecture and plenty of attractions for people of all ages. Remember to check out the Taste of Vail, the Vail Film Festival, and other local events.
So, what are you waiting for? Get ready for the adventure of a lifetime! Book your holiday at Vail Ski Resort today!
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