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Enjoy Skiing this Summer

By Charles Hopkins Published 04/7/2006 | Travel

That time of year is here again when you pack your bags, gather your family and lose yourself in the proximity of nature and leisure. Far away from the crowd and shouts and pressure of daily life. And what better way to celebrate your yearly moment of freedom than to be tucked away in a Ski resort? You can brush up your skiing skills or even start on learning the sport from scratch if you feel like it. Do not just sit idly aimlessly sipping your lager, enjoy the activity. Sport is the best way to forget stress of the mind.

First, a little history. Skiing developed gradually from snow shoeing. In the 19th century, Sondre Norheim was the first person to invent the 'binder', which allows the skier to do turns while going downhill. In the early 20th century, Hannes Schneider was the first person to develop the technique of rotating ones body in controlling the direction.

Within the United States, there are a number of great Ski resorts if you do not feel like going abroad. In the Rocky Mountains, the Sierra Nevada or the Cascade, you can test your proficiency with skiing. The conditions are fantastic and the sky is clear at this time of the year.

You can, of course, also go abroad and stay in the heart of the Swiss Alps, one of the most beautiful skiing spots in the whole world. Back home, you can be to Montana. Or a little farther away, but within the continent, you can visit Lake Lousie in Alberta, Canada. There are hundreds of resorts in California, Washington, Idaho and Utah to choose from.

And if you want to go to the resort that the rich and the famous go to in America, you can always choose Aspen city in central Colorado at an elevation of 2410 m. Once a mining town, it has become one of the skiing havens in the continent.

If you are a real pro, you may always choose the Scandinavian countries for your skiing vacation this summer, or you may head for the snow-covered state of Alaska.

You can also pack your bags and head for Japan, a country that boasts of, other than its industrial and technological advancements, about six hundred skiing areas.

One of the most famous resorts in the Swiss Alps is Saint Moritz, or Sankt Moritz in the local tongue. It is surrounded by high peaks and a popular destination both in the summer and the winter. Host to many winter sports events, it is one of the leading skiing centers of the world (In fact, Saint Moritz has hosted the Winter Olympics twice).

Before you go off in your vacation, there are a few musts. Carefully plan your tour. Best would be, if you could buy all the necessary tickets, accommodation, and rentals from the same agency. This saves you hassles, since you get serviced by the same people all through. The best resorts and service can be found and bought online.

However, one thing that one must remember at all times during a skiing vacation is that the rules regarding the sport must be strictly maintained. Otherwise, the skier puts at risk himself or herself, as well as other skiers. There are strict guidelines to how a skier might behave on the slopes and what to do and what not. The signs in the ski areas must also be understood and followed to avoid accidents.