Skiing and Snowboarding: Lessons Learned
Did you know that skiing was originally a form of transportation in the mountains of Europe, way before it became a sport? Skiing and snowboarding are ways of moving over snow with boards attached to the feet; practiced mostly as recreation or sport, but often as conveyance. Skiing uses a pair of skis to travel over snow; they are bound to boots and progress is one foot at a time. Snowboarding, on the other hand, involves traveling on snow on a single snowboard attached to boots. It is inspired by surfing, skiing and skateboarding.
The body and feet position in skiing are facing straight ahead, leaning forward, feet facing the front. In snowboarding, body and feet are facing sideways, feet in line with the body, perpendicular to the direction of movement. While skiing is relatively easier to learn for a beginner since it permits movement of both legs, snowboarding is relatively harder to learn as you need the entire body to navigate. For sheer velocity, skiers are faster than snowboarders.
There are many types and styles under both sports. For skiing, there’s Telemark Alpine, also called Downhill Skiing; there’s Freestyle, Nordic, and Military; also skiing pulled by a kite or a plane. There’s Dry Slope skiing, which uses artificial snow. Snowboarding has also many styles which are used for recreational as well as in professional snowboarding. These are: Jibbing and Rail riding which involves jumping over rails and obstacles; there’s also Free Riding, Freestyle, Free Carve and Dry Slope.
If you’re in Washington state, there are many ski and snowboard recreational areas to try, whether you are a beginner, intermediate level or advanced. Stevens Pass is one of the most popular spots. It is located on the crest of Stevens Pass in the Cascade Range. It has a base elevation of 4,061 feet, 450 inches of snowfall each year, and numerous bowls, glades and faces. Stevens Pass’ terrain ranges from expert only, to smooth, wide-open cruiser runs for all levels of skiing and snowboarding.
Celebrating the Slopes of Stevens Pass
If Stevens Pass is on your list this winter, then grab your gear and head for the Cascades. Staying at our Stevens Pass hotel in Monroe gives you access to one of the most popular skiing and snowboarding sites this side of Washington. Our hotel is just an hour away via US-2 from Stevens Pass Ski Resort. Ask our friendly staff.