Tuesday, 13 April 2010

Skiing in Switzerland

SKIING in Switzerland

Holidays? No place like Switzerland!

Here you find everything your heart may wish for: You love beautiful landscapes, you like to relax, you give yourself a real treat in your holidays? Pick the most beautiful of our landscapes, and we will do the rest. Great mountains, steep slopes, rushing rivers, all of this on your doorstep - in Switzerland. Whether it is cultural history or nightlife, Swiss cities offer something for every taste.

Summer in Switzerland has many faces: hiking and trekking on the mountains or in the valleys, taking a stroll along and relaxing at the many picturesque lakes, cycling through Switzerland and action, exitement and discovering for children combined with relaxation for parents according to the principle "families welcome".

Switzerland is a winter paradise at the heart of Europe and offers more than just tomorrow's snow. Sports adventures or relaxing recreation - snowy Switzerland is full of surprises worth being discovered.

Switzerland is divided into twelve touristic regions. The aim of these regions is a common base marketing for areas with similar touristic offers. This way, the offers become clearer for visitors. The base marketing for Switzerland as a whole is taken care of by the Swiss Tourist Board which also supports the concept of touristic regions. A description of every touristic region can be found in the homepages to the respective regions in the "travel destinations".

Internationally renowned sports aces such as Martina Hingis (tennis) are quite rare. Nevertheless, the balance of Swiss professional sport is very good if you compare it to the amount of inhabitants. Swiss athletes have a word to say when it comes to being competitive in many kinds of sport (skiing, snowboarding, windsurfing, cycling...) Popular sport are highly demanded. The offer is enormous: from to crossbow shooting to decathlon, a wide range of sports is on offer in Switzerland. Among them are exotic sports such as Hornussen and Swiss wrestling (picture) - check it out!

Best locations in my next Posts .... :-))

Monday, 11 May 2009

Ski Types

Different ski types:

**Ski Racing: These are for professionals who usually compete. They are designed to adapt to high speeds and absorb shocks and vibrations. Could be of two types: Giant Slalom (for long and fast turns) and Slalom (for fast turns, faster and more advanced than the first).
**Regular and off-slope ski: These are for intermediate and advanced skiers, who enjoy skiing on and off the slopes. In general, these skis are wider and slower, with an antivibration system on both ends which allows you to stick the skis to any kind of snow.
**Free ride skis: They are made to be used on any kind of snow, for this they are very popular. They are also good for deep snow, since they also have the antivibration system on the ends. There are some wider special for powder snow.
**Free style skis: These skis have been very popular lately; their main objective is to make pirouettes and jumps. They are shorter, so easier to control. They look very similar to a snowboard.
**Ski Boards: people refer to them as the roller skates for the snow. They are quite short, 60 to 100 cms. and used for jumps. Nevertheless, they don’t respond well in long slide runs, they become quite unstable.
**Women skis: There is no difference between men or women, referring the “type”. The only and quite important difference is the weight, since at same height women’s weight is less than men’s, for which they have to use different skis. The rest will be determined by their each skills.
**Children: There are skis for kids since they are 3 years old, as they are starting these skis are quite shorter, but there also are freestyle or free ride skis for those who already ski more at that age.

Saturday, 25 April 2009

Buying Your First Pair of Ski Boots

Before You Buy Ski Boots

How about your experience with buying ski-boots???

Ski boots are the most important part of your skiing package.

The most important rule for buying that first pair of boots is go to a reputable ski shop, preferably a specialty store with experienced sales-people who are in the same time also a skiers. Either by reputation or, on the advice of friends who are familiar with your area ski shops, pick out one you feel comfortable dealing with. You want to trust their judgment as to the fit of the boots.

I have a lot experience with buying and recommending ski-boots… so my dear Readers if you have any question fill free to ask me. Follow my blog, post a comment and I will send you my answer ASAP.
Also let me know your details about skiing knowledge and what type of ski-boots you have and I will give you my advice and suggestion….

Not all boots are created equal. Some brands have wider widths, others are larger or smaller. Try your boots on with the socks that you will be wearing during skiing. Ski boots are designed to be snug, so, you don't want to try on boots with heavier socks than you will be wearing on the slopes.

Experts will need stiffer boots than beginners, because they respond more effectively to the movement of your legs. Try boots on later in the day because your feet tend to swell as the day progresses....

Wednesday, 22 April 2009

Ski Equipments

Skis & Boots

There is a wide range of ski equipments, for beginners or experts, designed for racing, jumps, off-piste runs, and all what a skier may dreams of.
The skis were invented in Eastern Europe about 5,000 years ago. They first started as a mean of transportation to cope with hard snowed areas and later on they became a sport activity.

Modern Skis are designed with a particular user in mind, both in terms of ability and Skiing style. Beginner and intermediate Skis are soft and forgiving, easy to turn and stop. Advanced skiers, for example, can choose piste Skis – stiff and shaped for grippy carved turns; off-piste Skis – wide with less shape for flotation; or freestyle Skis – twin-tipped for skiing backwards and with a softer flex.

Ski levels go from 1 and 2, real beginners, up to 3, those who ski parallel, getting to level 7 which are the professionals. For this, it’s absolutely necessary to go to specialized stores or make oneself advised by someone who knows about it. Bad choices can be a problem, not only you might not enjoy this beautiful sport, but you could be involved in a serious accident.

General speaking, a beginner should choose skis of 10 or 15 cms. Less than his height. On the other hand, the more experts use their same height measure.

For many skiers buying ski boots is fraught with problems as I know from personal experience. However today proved to me that it is worth taking the time to search for someone who is skilled and experienced enough to suggest the most appropriate ski boot for you and your level of skiing, AND have the skills to craft and tailor your ski boot to your foot.With the vast range of boots available from the many and varied ski boot manufacturers, the trick is to select a boot with a plastic 'shell' that matches your feet as a starting point. Small adjustments can then be made to the shell and liner for a perfect fit.A couple of visits back to the boot fitter to fine tune the fit will leave you with comfortable, perfectly fitted boots which will help you ski more effectively and will as likely as not, last longer too.

Saturday, 18 April 2009

Ski Equipment

Ski Equipments

Before hitting the slopes, you will need to get the right ski clothing and equipment. The clothes you choose need to keep you warm, but must also be made from a breathable febric that disperses excess body heat and moisture.

Your choice of skis and boots will depend on your high and weigh, skiing ability and the terrain on which you will ski.

Let starts with ski jackets... I can recoment the best : Spider

Made for performance, articulation pleats allow for better range of motion during activity.

Premium materials include stretch waterproof fabric and X-static Silver Fiber Technology. Because skiing doesn't end with winter, this jacket converts to a vest to capture every possible run of the season.

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