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Enjoying Winter Sports

December 24th, 2012 · Margaret · Staff Recommendations

There are many ways to enjoy the winter weather. You can go downhill or cross-country skiing. Many states, such as New York, Maine and Vermont, have ski slopes; or you can combine a European vacation with skiing in countries such as Switzerland, France and Italy.

There is also ice skating in indoors rinks or outdoor frozen lakes. Or you can sit in the audience and watch winter sports such as figure skating and hockey.

Cozy up with a book on winter sports.

The Essential Cross-Country Skier: a step-by-step guideby Paul PetersenA book for beginning and intermediate skiers. This book gives you the information you need to get started: choosing the right skis, boots, and poles; where to find the best trails; what to wear for comfort and warmth; plus tips on safety. If you already know the basic you can learn how to improve your style and your conditioning; enjoy new skills including ski skating, telemarking, ski racing, and backcountry touring.

Skiing for Dummies by Allen St. JohnFrom bunny-hill beginners to mighty mogul masters, skiers of all levels will find Skiing for Dummies the slickest run to fun on the slopes! Covers what to expect the first day out, plus tricks and jumping, a complete overview of gear and top ski spots, and more.

Learn Downhill Skiing in a Weekend by Konrad BartelskiProvides advice on equipment and preparations for skiing, describes a specific program of training spread over two days, and suggests follow-up activities.

Winter Trails New York: the best cross-country ski & snowshoe trails by Johanna FarraThis guide describes the best cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trails for all skill levels throughout New York state Profiles for each trail include everything from the length to difficulty of the trail.

Fodor’s SwitzerlandShows the best places in Switzerland for winter and other vacations.

Mastering Snowboarding by Hannah TeterThis book helps readers get on board and hit the slopes. Follow clear step-by-steps to get you started or tune your skills. Learn from the best and pick up tricks from inspirational photographs of top stars in action. Get tips on choosing a board and equipment and find out where the major competitions and resorts are.

Snow Boarding by Clive GiffordA book for beginning and intermediate skiers. This book gives you the information you need to get started: choosing the right skis, boots, and poles; where to find the best trails; what to wear for comfort and warmth; plus tips on safety. If you already know the basic you can learn how to improve your style and your conditioning; enjoy new skills including ski skating, telemarking, ski racing, and backcountry touring.

The Hockey Book by Kostya KennedyA visual chronicle of hockey’s history begins with its hardscrabble roots and continues through the eras of such greats as Gordie Howe, Bobby Orr, and Wayne Gretzky, as well as such Olympic feats as the U.S.A.’s defeat of the Soviet Union at Lake Placid.

Figure Skating by Chrös McDougallCovers the history, rules, fundamentals and significant personalities of the sport of women’s figure skating. Topics include: techniques, strategies, competitive events, and equipment.

The Essential Figure Skater by Patti TashmanHere is a complete, fully illustrated guide to figure skating for all ages. Two former competitive-skaters-turned-teachers team up with one mental training coach to provide friendly, klutz-proof instruction for the beginner and beyond, including: sections on how to stop and how to fall; basic maneuver: beginning freestyle; Clothing and equipment and much more.

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