Monday, October 20, 2003

Basic Training

Skier inclined to find the slopes

By Shauna Scott Rhone
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Janel Fitzhugh can't wait for temps to settle into the 30s.

The 34-year-old Silverton resident enjoys skiing as often as she can get away from her days as a federal pension investigator.

What is it?

Snow skiing

How did I get started?

A co-worker invited me to attend a Corbeau Ski Club (part of the National Brotherhood of Skiers) meeting in 1995. At the meeting, I signed up for lessons with club members at Perfect North Slopes in Indiana. Later that year, I attended my first ski trip to Snowshoe Mountain in West Virginia. In 1996, I took a break from skiing to attend law school and rejoined the club in 2001.

What do I get out of it?

Actually, it is a very good workout and, of course, the excitement you feel while skiing down a mountain. Plus, you have the opportunity to meet other skiers from across the country.

How much does it cost to get started?

The cost will vary depending on if you decide to purchase or rent ski apparel and equipment. Lift ticket costs vary depending on the ski resort. On average, lift tickets for the day can range from $30 locally to $70 out west. Ski rental costs vary from about $20 to $40 a day. However, some resorts offer discounts on the Internet for lift tickets and rentals.

What type of equipment do you need?

I suggest beginners rent their skis, ski boots and poles from the resort. Other suggested items, which individuals may already own or can rent at a resort, include: ski pants or bibs, jacket (water resistant), sunglasses or goggles, gloves, hat, socks, liners and hand warmers. Many people invest in helmets for obvious safety reasons. I find it easier to rent my skis, boots and poles once I reach the resort instead of traveling through the airport with my skis. However, many individuals have their own skis.

How long does it take to get started?

You have to wait until the weather conditions are adequate for skiing. In the Tristate, normally around late December-early January is when the resorts will open for the season. It's a good idea to start conditioning your upper and lower body muscles before the beginning of ski season.

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