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Skiing Books for Beginners

Beginning Skiing Tips and Techniques If you’re thinking about trying skiing and wondering what to expect, then have I got the tips for you! Starting something new can be exciting and a little scary. It’s fun to learn something new but skiing is an extreme sport and comes with some important safety rules to follow. […]

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[UPDATED] Winter Snow Forecast 2016-2017

Well, I’m starting on this report a little earlier this year because of this news I saw: La Niña is officially coming (businessinsider.com) If a La Niña does form, it won’t just increase the risks of a more intense Atlantic hurricane season. It could also lead to warmer and drier winters in the southern part […]

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Why Ski?

Why Ski? Psychologists have studied the rationale for skiing – skiers speculate about it – ordinary mortals shake their heads in dismay over it. There is an ambivalence to this sport. There are no scores or points to skiing, but the beauty of movement gives a self-assurance that is better than winning a game. It […]

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Only About a Month Left to Ski in the Midwest!

It seems like we just got good snow and I realized there’s only about a month left – depending on how much snow we get and the temperatures. It’s time to get out there and ski! This winter isn’t too cold, so now is the best time to learn if you don’t know how. A […]

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Congratulations Passing Level 1

Last weekend, all 4 of the PSIA Level 1 candidates I helped train passed their Level 1 Alpine Certification! We only met a few times for training because of the holidays and the lack of snow we had but we made the most of it and I saw improvement in a short amount of time. […]

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PSIA Level 1 Sample Exam Questions

Here are some sample PSIA Level I questions I came up with for the Level 1 candidates I was training last night: We can glide (parallel) and stop using a wedge. Using a parallel progression, introduce turning. We can glide (parallel) and stop using a wedge. Using a wedge progression, introduce turning. We are never-ever […]

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Fun Ski Lessons This Last Weekend

I worked the last 4 days at Cascade and I had a lot of fun lessons over the new year. The temps were good (not too cold or too warm), there were fireworks and we were making snow. On Saturday, there was some nice sun shining down. Today, we had some nice, light flurries. I […]

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More PSIA Level 2 Exam Questions and Resources

Sample Teaching Assignments and Information Hey, I found some more resources to help you study for the PSIA Level 2 exam! Level 2 Flash Cards (freezingblue.com) They’re trying to sell an app on this page but they have a few sample exam questions there, so check it out and see if you can answer them. […]

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Newer Ski and Snowboard Helmets Have Better Technology to Protect You

A MIPS Ski Helmet is Worth It It used to not be cool to wear a helmet but now everyone’s wearing them when they go skiing or snowboarding. It really only makes sense because you can easily hit speeds of 30-40 MPH or more when coming down a hill and trees don’t move. You need […]

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Slow Start for Midwest Skiing

Well, Mother Nature is throwing an El Nino at us and we’re seeing warm temps here in the Midwest. Cascade Mountain has been open the last two weekends and we’re open this weekend as well. I noticed Tyrol Basin is pretty much closed as well as many other ski areas in Wisconsin and the Upper […]

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