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"It's never too cold in Chicago. You're just underdressed." A quote that can be attributed to Neil Steinburg, a columnist at the Chicago Sun-Times, it's more than likely been muttered a few times on the ski slopes as well. Seasoned ski veterans know that cold weather brings great skiing and that proper preparation ensures a great ski day. But if you're just starting to get into the sport, starting to bring your little ones out onto the hill, or are skiing for the first time in a different area, here are some tips to stave off the cold and get some good turns in.
One of the really special things about working here at Titus is the opportunity to watch folks who have never experienced our sport come out & try it for the first time. This is especially true when it involves youngsters!
Personally, for better or for worse, I’ve spent over half of a century of winters wearing ski boots. The boots (just like the sport) have changed remarkably through those years, but two things have always remained the same:
Today is International Left Handers Day! Being left handed isn’t an amazing rarity; in fact 13% of the population is left-handed [source]! However, despite 1 in 10 people sporting left hand dominance, any leftie can tell you that they are living in an overwhelmingly right-handed world.
Most people realize that things like scissors and can openers are made for those with right hand dominance, but there are a myriad of other objects that are strange to use or just downright irritating for left handers. Rulers, spiral notebooks, knives, and even pens are all made for right handed users. While some of our staff was at a conference in California, there was even a novelty store, Lefty’s, where all products were made specifically for lefties (we picked up a few things for our staff and loved ones!).
So, you’re looking at your window and see mounds of snow and have always wanted to try skiing… but you turn on the news and hear that a lift ticket to VAIL COSTS $159!?! You think to yourself, “Oh no, skiing is way too expensive and is certainly not the sport for me.”
We’re here to tell you that you thought wrong! Deciding not to ski because you think it is too expensive is like deciding not to eat out because it’s too expensive and that’s just silly. Just like you can choose to go to different tiers of restaurants and get an entrée for $10 or $100, ski resorts are exactly the same! You can ski at a wonderful local hill for $20 or jet off to an extravagant resort for $200—the choice is yours!
From The Slopes
We love the snow, obviously. But there's more to the mountain than just the conditions and the trails. Get the insider's scoop on what helps this industry run, from ski shops to snowboard movies, nature hikes to safety tips. Let us know what you think!