Ski tourism

Ski resorts

Ski tourism is a fascinating type of active recreation. In the conditions of a ski trip, a tourist is in the purest frosty air for a long time. Uniform muscular load, smooth glide, the beauty of winter nature, a quick change of impressions, communication with a team of tourists - all this gives a great charge of positive emotions.

The muscles of the arms, legs, abdomen and back are actively involved in the work of a tourist-skier. Therefore, skiing is an excellent means of general physical training, which will help improve health, become stronger, more enduring, hardened.

With good glide, even a beginner skier can easily walk at a speed of 6 - 8 km/h.

It should, however, be borne in mind that weekend skiing is different from a regular skiing trip, and preparation for them should be more thorough. In the conditions of a winter hike, tourists are exposed to low temperatures for quite a long time (6 - 8 hours). The path of the group also passes through open, not protected by forest areas of the terrain with a strong wind, along virgin snow. On the way, there may be bushes, rough terrain, forest heaps, snowdrifts. With all this in mind, you should choose camping equipment and equipment.

We select and prepare skis for the hike

The main requirement for skis is strength, lightness. In conditions of one-day hikes, if the route also passes through flat or slightly rugged terrain and dense snow, walking skis with rigid bindings, with a bow that presses the welt of the boots to the metal pins, are better suited. For forest routes and when driving on rugged terrain, on loose snow and off-road, it is better to have "Tourist" type skis, they are slightly wider than walking skis, much stronger and do not sink deep into fresh snow. To make it easy for the skier to control his movement in the forest and on rough terrain, the skis should not be too long. Bindings are chosen depending on the conditions of the hike and the type of ski. On ordinary recreational skis, it is better to use rigid welded bindings. They are lightweight, comfortable and reliable. For multi-day difficult hikes, rigid welts are not suitable. On these routes, use semi-rigid universal mounts with metal springs. The boot rant in such fastenings is fixed in the cheeks. Such mounts allow you to go hiking in almost any footwear: ski boots, work boots, hiking boots, felt boots. To prevent snow from sticking under the heel of the boot, rubber pads are nailed onto the ski cargo area, preferably made of microporous rubber with a thickness of 2 - 3 mm. Ski poles are better made of duralumin tubes of the "Moscow" type. Before the hike, the skis must be tarred with a special resin. The resin protects the skis from swelling under the influence of moisture, strengthens the wood, improves the connection of ointments with the ski. In case of breakage of skis, bindings, poles, you need to learn how to repair them. To do this, the group must have a repair kit of tools, materials, spare parts: pliers, a screwdriver, a file, an awl, an awl, a light hammer, scissors, a set of ski mounts, rings for poles, a spare ski, plywood, aluminum, tin plates for linings, copper wire and steel, nails, screws, keeper tape.

Turits-skier clothing and footwear

The best shoe option is hiking boots, which should be one or two sizes larger than the one you are wearing. They should be soaked in grease to make them water-repellent. You need to put on warm coarse-knit woolen socks (1-2 pairs), over which old nylon stockings are put on (to protect the socks from quick wiping). On multi-day hikes on boots, it is recommended to wear shoe covers - anti-snow stockings. They keep shoes, socks and underpants dry when driving in deep, loose snow. The most rational form of shoe covers is in the form of a rectangular bag. Shoe covers are sewn from thin canvas or nylon parachute fabric. For protection from wind and snowstorm, flannel masks of 20X20 cm with holes for eyes and mouth are used. Hiking clothing should be windproof, warm, lightweight, and free of movement. Woolen linen is recommended, trousers - from thin tarpaulin or nylon, Bologna; the shirt is better flannel. When moving, you should not dress very warmly so as not to sweat, but over a sweater you should definitely wear a wind jacket or a light, non-ventilated jacket. On the head - a ski hat, and even better a hat-helmet, which in a strong wind can be lowered on the face and neck, which well prevents frostbite. Woolen mittens enclosed in durable canvas gloves will reliably protect your hands from frost and wind. You should take extra warm socks, warm gloves, a sweater, and a jacket with you. The jacket will come in handy on halts so as not to cool down after the transition. Warm clothes will help out in case of sudden bad weather. In addition, you need to put everything in your backpack for lunch - sandwiches, a mug, a thermos with hot tea.

Pace and mode of movement on the route

A group of tourists-skiers moves in a chain - single file, with an interval between the participants of the hike of 5 - 6 meters on the plain and 10 - 15 m - on the slopes. The guides are a leader or one of the well-trained tourists. One of the strongest skiers also closes the group. If you have to lay a ski track on whole snow, the following order of movement is adopted. The one in front makes a ski track for several minutes, then takes a step to the side and, having passed the group forward, stands in line of skiers in front of the trailing one. Thus, the entire group participates in laying the track. The place of the leader is determined by the circumstances. It can be a guide, it can be in the middle or at the end of the column. The responsibilities of the rear end include assisting in minor repairs of skis and poles. He sees the whole group, monitors the condition of the participants in the campaign. You should not change the follower during the day. Daylight hours in winter are short, so you need to start the hike as early as possible. The mode of movement in a ski trip is about the same as in a walking one. In 15 - 20 minutes after leaving, you need to make the first halt, fix any problems with packing your backpack, troubleshoot equipment, remove excess clothes. In the future, the group stops every 40-45 minutes to rest for 5-10 minutes. There is no need to maintain strict intervals of movement and rest with good glide and fair wind. The rest stop in this case is determined by the group leader, who must feel the state of the group and foresee the expediency of stops and rest. On halts, you should not sit on the snow. It is better to sit on the trunks of fallen trees, on stumps, after clearing them of snow and placing a backpack or jacket. When you stop, you can take off your backpack, put it on the skis behind you and sit down. To stay warm while relaxing, you should wear a spare jacket or sweater. At forced stops, they rest while standing, propping up their backpack with ski poles. During the hike, you must not drink cold water, much less quench your thirst with snow. At low temperatures and winds, transitions between halts can be shortened to 30 minutes, and halts to 3 - 5 minutes.

Overcoming obstacles

There are various obstacles in the movement: fallen trees, ditches, holes, large stones. They must be passed carefully so as not to break the skis and not get injured. Ditches and fallen trees are side-stepped. With extreme caution, you should move on the ice of rivers and lakes. First, you need to check the strength of the ice, the tourists pass through dangerous areas, keeping a distance of 5 - 6 meters. Anyone going out to check the strength of the ice must be secured with a rope. After passing the area with wet snow, the skis must be cleaned of the slip. Most falls with broken skis and injuries occur on the slopes from the mountains. For safety, before descending, you need to inspect the slope, outline a safe direction, paying attention to the location of stones, bushes, trees, hillocks, depressions. When descending from unfamiliar slopes, plow braking is used, sticks are held from behind. The easiest turns are on slopes "in the plow" and overstepping. If emergency braking is necessary (if there is a threat of collision with an obstacle), they are braked by falling. At the end of the descent, you should free the track with a passage forward or to the side to avoid the next tourist. Do not descend in fog, with poor visibility. In no case should you leave your lagging comrades alone. A lagging skier can go astray, panic, and freeze. After completing half of the planned route, a big break is arranged for lunch. A place protected from the wind is chosen for a halt. The fire can be kindled with dry alcohol, birch bark, pieces of plexiglass, after clearing the selected place from snow. Only dead wood is used for firewood. During multi-day hikes, overnight stays are provided. They can be organized in settlements, in hunting huts, in tents, in snow huts and caves.

In recent decades, the ski resorts of South Korea are gaining popularity all over the world. The country's mild climate, excellent technical equipment of the resorts, a wide variety of tracks and a wide range of entertainment - all this attracts lovers of skiing, sledging and snowboarding from different countries to the South Korean tracks.

Now in Korea there are one and a half dozen ski resorts that are not inferior in terms of technical equipment and level of comfort to the prestigious alpine ski resorts. Most of the South Korean ski resorts offer their guests not only an excellent choice of winter sports, but also acquaintance with the culture of the country, ample opportunities for recreation and pleasant pastime. Ski resorts in South Korea are a good choice for a winter family trip. The skiing season here lasts from mid-November to the end of April. A wide selection of slopes allows you to choose the optimal level of load for both beginners and professional athletes.

South Korean ski schools are widely known outside the country - experienced instructors will quickly teach the necessary skills to both children and adults.

All ski areas in South Korea have modern technical equipment - the tracks are regularly cleared, have the necessary fences and markings, and are illuminated at night. Modern high-speed lifts allow you to quickly get to the top without standing in lines.

In addition to skiing, guests of the resort can get acquainted with the peculiarities of local cuisine in Korean restaurants, swim in the pool, spend an evening playing bowling or billiards, do fitness or improve their health in the spa center.

Muju Resort

The picturesque South Korean resort of Muju is located in the mountainous area of ​​Jeollabuk-do province. It attracts tourists from all over the world with its long ski slopes, majestic natural landscapes, comfortable living conditions, the presence of hot natural springs and the exciting Super Ski ski festival, which is held during the New Year holidays. This resort offers excellent opportunities for downhill skiing, snowboarding, toboggan runs and jumping jumps.

The Munseong and Solcheon ski resorts have a total of 30 slopes of varying degrees of difficulty. Tourists are lifted up by 14 high-speed lifts of famous world manufacturers. Resort guests can choose to stay in a comfortable condominium or a first-class five-star Alpine-style hotel "Tirol".

There are restaurants of Asian and European cuisine, shops, bars, nightclubs, souvenir shops on the territory of the Muzhu ski complex. Here you can not only go skiing, but also play golf, warm up in the sauna or take a dip in the hot mineral spring. There is a ski school for beginner athletes. Travel time from Seoul by expressway takes 2 hours.

Yongpyeong Resort

Phoenix Park Resort

Better than mountains can only be mountains that have never been! These words from Vysotsky's song are the motto of a real skier. Indeed, ski tours are the most returnable: those who have ever gone to the mountains will definitely return there again!

Every year the number of people wishing to join this type of recreation is increasing. If just 20 years ago, individual individuals inclined to extreme were engaged in mountain skiing in our country, then at the beginning of the 21st century, when this sport became "presidential" (thanks to Putin for this), a ski suit, boots and skis became a kind of dress code for admission to high society.

Often, newly minted skiers do not know how a ski pass differs from a ski bus. In this article we will go through the main ski terms and understand the specifics of a ski holiday

How Alpine Skiing Begins

Ride or show off

Alpine skiers are not born. They become. Why? On this topic, I have this article: 7 reasons why people get up on alpine skiing.

Well, then your relationship with skiing can develop in different ways ...

I must say that there are two types of tourists going on ski tours: skiers and mountain beach. Yes Yes exactly.

The first category of tourists is skiers. These are people who are really passionate about this sport, the main thing for them is the tracks. They agree to live in inexpensive apartments, cook their own food, but not save on ski passes. They will ride for several hours a day.

The questions they will ask themselves when choosing a ski resort will sound like this:

  • How many kilometers of pistes will I have available in this ski region?
  • Which pistes are there more - red/black or blue and green?
  • What is the altitude difference in this ski region?
  • Are there night skiing trails?
  • Is there a free ride in this resort?

As a rule, such tourists do not travel alone, but in groups. Very often whole ski families go on vacation. And the level of skiing for such tourists can be very different. For example, dad and son are experienced skiers, and mom and daughter are beginners. For such tourists, resorts with a developed infrastructure are optimal: green (educational) slopes, ski schools, a good selection of apres-ski entertainment.

Another common category is the group of friends who are skiers. Often these are people with different incomes, and in order to relax together, they have to adjust to each other's financial capabilities. In this case, bv needs to find such an accommodation, where there are different categories of rooms, apartments, with different types of food.

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