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Skiing is a self conscious pursuit for many of us as it is. Face down in the snow with your fluorescent clad bottom poking in the air while young Swiss couples circle you chuckling, is how many ski holidays start out. Despite the steep learning curve necessary it is growing in popularity and is now the most popular activity holiday in the world. Ski holidays are so popular that some people get a little bit overexcited and losing more than their balance.

Ski holidays can be found in every corner of the globe from Japan to the United States with many of the classic resorts in Europe situated around the Alps. Many of the resorts vary their attitudes to nudity based on the country that they are in, however you will find in this day and age that most resorts have a tight leash on nude ski holidays. This article explores some of the classic resorts that have accommodated nude ski holidays over the years.

The first of our naked ski holidays comes from Colorado, a state that you would not traditionally associate with such liberal pursuits as nude skiing. It started innocently in the mid 90s as the resort of Crested Butte offered free lift passes with ski holidays. This made it an incredibly busy resort and on the last day of skiing each year there were parties, some of which would get a bit boisterous resulting in a certain amount of streaking.

This gradually turned into a procession of naked skiers that would operate on the last day of the season. This combination of nude ski holidays and free lift passes was seen as an open invitation to many keg-chugging frat boys and the party reputation of Crested Butte was secured. As part of a clampdown police began handing out citations for drink and substance misuse offences much to the annoyance of the partygoers. It came to a head in 1998 and the naked skiing stopped.

Many resorts still host end of season bikini ski races and sell male ski things in their gift shops, however it is tough to find places that will still accommodate fully nude ski holidays. According to underground sources there is one mecca for naked ski holidays. It is a place called Obertauern in Austria which allegedly has naked friendly ski lifts, naturalist cross country ski routes and impromptu naked downhill races. On behalf of all the male contestants, it certainly is cold out there.

Other naturalist sites such as the Milky Way naturalist campsite in the Czech Republic are not ski holidays as such but they do have some skiing at certain points of the year. It is important to remember when attending naked ski holidays that you must wear sun screen all over your body, the reflections of the sun from the snow can cause serious sunburn in places you really should not have it. Also you can get what is known as an ice rash from falling in the snow.

Shaun Parker is a supplier of fully clothed ski holidays and an accomplished skier.

Article Source: Naked Skiing, Are You Taking The Piste?

Located in the Penibetic mountain range in Andalucia and blessed with the highest summits in the Iberian peninsulas, Sierra Nevada is Europe's southernmost ski resort. Skiers can look forward to 61 km of ski slopes spread over 39 runs, with 45 splendid pistes as well as 6 amazing off-piste routes covered in snow almost five months in the year. This premier ski destination, located a mere 150 km away from Costa del Sol offers 2 cable cars, 5 ski lifts, 2 gondolas and 12 chair lifts to the hordes of skiers who throng here every year. Four of the chairlifts are detachable. The World Alpine Ski championships were held here in February 1996.

The resort has earned the reputation of having the best groomed snow in all of Europe. The best news yet is that the resort has invested in sixteen artificial snow machines that are capable of generating snow 24 hours a day and are a great help for extending the season for winter sports.

Even in the eventuality that there has been absolutely no snowfall, these snow machines guarantee that Sierra Nevada remains open at all times.

Night skiing, which was introduced in 1994, is one of the most exciting features at Sierra Nevada. As a result of the pulsating night life you are likely to see the ski slopes more or less abandoned till 11 am with most of the skiers still sleeping off the consequences of the night before. Two of the other exciting features include the lighting along the 3 km El Rio Slope, which has a 545 vertical drop and the newly introduced Slalom course with a 1,100 metres vertical drop.

An on-slope half pipe available for boarders which will be available depending on snow conditions. Some of the other winter sports offered at Sierra Nevada include:
- Cross-country skiing
- Artistic skiing - moguls, jumps and ballet
- Adventure skiing
- Trekking
- Telemark skiing
- Alpine skiing
- Snowboarding

There are plenty of professional rangers who examine the slopes everyday prior to them being opened to the public as well as after they are closed down. The ski area crew is well trained to provide first aid should any emergency arise; their fastest mode of transport is the snowmobiles.

There are no excuses for not visiting Sierra Nevada and partaking of this exciting sport. No need to worry if you do not own the necessary gear as there are plenty of places where you can hire whatever equipment you need on a daily basis. There are also plenty of ski schools that will help you get started if this is your first attempt at skiing.

Pradollano, the resort village offers guests a variety of services from quality hotels to delicious Andalusian cuisine; apartments for sale as well as apartments for rent; tearooms and night clubs. The resort village also offers child day-care centres, banks, ATMS, pharmacies, church services and ski rentals.

Sandra Lightowler is the owner of Ask Olive the leading online information and Business Directory for Andalucia Spain.

Article Source: Discover Skiing at the Sierra Nevada Ski Resort

Going on holiday is more accessible to people in the UK than it perhaps was thirty years ago. Airline tickets were much more expensive and more of a hassle to organise, than they are today. Ski holidays were more associated with the rich and wealthy, however, as time has progressed, going on holiday has become very easy to book and can be available at affordable cheap prices.

However even though ski holidays are relatively cheap and easy to book there are still a lot to organise prior to going skiing, especially for people who are inexperienced in this type of vacation. If you are someone who is thinking about trying out skiing for the first time then there are few tips to adhere to before booking your tickets!

The first point is to have a look either on the internet, brochures or speaking to your local travel agents about the best places to go for a first time skier. Ski holidays are not for everyone, and although there are resorts that do offer lessons in skiing, it still may not be suitable for your ability. In the past I have visited resorts whereby I had been given lessons but was faced with too many experienced skiers and the skiing slope did not seem safe enough for a beginner.

Secondly, you need to look up the do's and don'ts about skiing. Things like what equipment you will need, where to purchase them, how much you would need to prepare in advance (sometimes it is always good to take up dry slope skiing, to get familiar with the movements), what to look for when taking lessons, how much you should spend and again the best ski holiday resort for beginners. The first time I had been skiing, I used hand-me-down ski suits and goggles. What I should have done is bought my own set of skiing equipments and clothing, because by the time I had begun skiing I knew the material of the suit had degraded somewhat and my goggles were all scratched up.

Going skiing for the first time can be both exciting and scary because you will be taking part in something that if not practised the right way, can be dangerous yet thrilling and fun. Skiing requires a lot of balancing and good leg strength as this will work wonders in toning up your thighs and bum, but also leave you feeling sore if you do not like exercising. More to the point you may need to speak to people who have had skiing experience, so that way you get an idea of what to expect.

Finally, how long are you deciding to stay at your resort? Depending on whether it is a short break or a long two weeks, your choice in which resort to visit will be affected. Most people who take short holidays prefer to go to small quiet resorts, whereas long holidays attract busier and bigger resorts. The amount of people you take and who you take, also affect the resort choices. If you are intending to take family with children involved, then you will need to find out if skiing lessons are available for children as well as adults and whether the slopes are going to be safe enough for children to ski.

Once you have chosen your resort, accommodation and are all set to go, you will need to organise how to get from the airport to the resort. Seems simple to remember but it is surprising how much people do forget to do this. Often people have experienced far more on transportation than they perhaps would on the skiing itself! This is why researching any deals, flight packages and airline packages is always worth the time as you do not want to find yourself more out of pocket than needed and have more time having fun and relaxing whilst on holiday.

Anna Stenning loves to go on ski holidays and understands the importance of preparation for first time skiers. For more information visit

Article Source: Skiing Holidays For Beginners

Whistler Village, also known as 'The Village,' is an award winning pedestrained village, nestled at the base of the two majestic coastal mountains: the Whistler and the Blackcomb. Located about 120 kilometers north of Vancouver in British Columbia.

The village is one of the three incredibly arranged pedestrained bases, other two being the Village North, alternatively known as the Marketplace, and Upper Village - a trendy area with a concentration of upscale lodgings, eateries, boutiques, and gift shops. Sometimes, all of these three regions, apart from Whistler Creek and Nicklaus North, together are referred to as Whistler Village.

Once you leave from the hustles and bustles of the Vancouver City and enter the mountainous north shore of the city, you would be taken through a single track, winding side road providing breathtaking vistas of the surroundings. After passing through the incredible Horseshoe Bay, you would enter the picturesque Sea to Sky Highway and as you pass the Squamish, you could climb high until eventually you reach the Whistler Village, which is perched at a height of about 2100 ft above the sea level.

Alongside the Whistler Village is the Upper Village, which is located at the base of the Blackcomb Mountain. Upper Village is within close proximity to the Lost Lake Park, which in turn is an excellent destination for enjoying cross-country skiing. A large number of ski in ski out destination can be found in this region. Located to the north of Whistler Village, Village North is within easy reach of superb skiing lifts of the Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains via a short walk or shuttle ride.

Whistler Creek is about three kilometers south of the Village, and from here the Whistler Mountain is easily accessible through the Creekside Gondola. Alternatively named Green Lake Estates, Nicklaus North is home to such attractions as the Nicklaus North Golf Course. Boasting of enchanting mountainous vistas, this area is close to the Lost Lake trail network.

The village of Whistler is akin to a small European mountainous town. Regarded as the commercial as well as social heart of Whistler - the Village is designed and developed with an arty glare and features some of the most outstanding West Coast architecture, cobble stone boulevards, and an array of shops and accommodation options. Additionally, the Village has a well-maintained community, with almost all facilities including recreational comforts, city hall, fire as well as police station, and museums and libraries.

The village is a much favored destination for skiing, and has been chosen as the venue to host the 2010 Winter Olympics. From the lifts originating from the heart of the Village, one can easily have access to more than 7000 acres of skiable terrain on the Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains.

Al though the area was primarily popular for skiing, the area has been now evolved into a year-round playground, providing superb options to enjoy both winter and summer activities. In summer, the Village becomes a golfers' paradise. The central region of the village is a pedestrian square, which can be easily reached either via foot or a free shuttle bus service.

In addition, the area is also much famed for its Mountain Bike Park as well as its trail. Whistler Mountain Bike Park has to its credit attractions such as the Village Gondola providing choices for thrilling biking rides. From trails designed for beginners to trails for experienced bikers designed with obstacles, teeter totters, and ramps, mountain biking in the Park is truly a great experience.

In other words, trails found here are categorized into three sections such as Green Circle, which is primarily designed for beginners; Blue Square, which is designed exclusively for intermediates; and the Black Diamond, which is most suitable for expert bikers. For those not interested in biking or golf, Whistler has miles of well-maintained walking trails, a stroll along which would be a great way to the savor the natural beauty of the place. Above all, after a day or two of activities in the Village, don't forget to take a rejuvenating spa treatment with any of the spa facilities seen here.

Surrounded by an amazing valley with a park consisting of beautiful beaches, picnic areas, astounding lakes, and hiking trails, the Village has a range of accommodation choices, from the huge chateau style buildings erected in quarried stone to small condominiums and mountain chalets. Above all, the Village is a great place for shopping, with 200 plus boutiques and gift shops. offers real time bookings of premium properties in the world class ski resort of Whistler, British Columbia. Our business is to market property rentals in Whistler to high end vacationers in order to maximize property owners' return on investment (ROI).

Article Source: The 3 Villages of Whistler, Blackcomb, A Favored Destination For Skiing

Having arrived back from my December ski trip somewhat battered and bruised, I found myself giving a great deal of thought to the factors leading up to my unwelcome encounter on what one would ordinarily see as a safe and predictable slope. I decided that there are five distinct lessons to be learned from my misfortune.

Lesson 1: Seemingly Safe Situations Can Hide Nasty Surprises

It would seem, as our week skiing in Andorra reached the last day, that I was (unknown to me) lining up to follow in the tracks of a fellow skier who is far better known than I. It so happens that on my birthday, one full week before my own accident, the governor of the US state of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger, suffered a rather more serious injury. Yahoo News reported that "Schwarzenegger broke his right femur on December 23 when he tripped over his ski pole while standing on a slope in Sun Valley, Idaho."

There are a number of similarities between our two accidents. We were both performing activities which we would not have immediately thought would be particularly hazardous. Inevitably this is a state of affairs that tends to lead to a relaxed state of mind which ironically left us both more vulnerable to our respective hazards. However, despite the considerably more spectacular nature of my incident, I walked away which is where we differ.

Governor Schwarzenegger must have been unbelievably unlucky. Tripping over while stationary is something that most skiers will have experienced at some time or another, usually brought about by being distracted or simply experiencing a "balance anomaly". I have never in my life heard of a significant injury being caused in such a manner. Governor Schwarzenegger managed to break the largest bone in the body necessitating surgery for a realistically rapid repair.

Lesson 2: Beware The Funnel

The slope that I was on was not at all difficult - although the section where I collided had been substantially narrowed on account of lack of snow. Think of it as a funnel. Pour too many skiers into that funnel and - well - a collision will be waiting to happen. Even with a modest number of people in the funnel, if one or more people are travelling at speed then the opportunities for avoiding obstacles are reduced. In my case, there were no more opportunities.

Lesson 3: Your Own Memory Of Events May Differ Substantially From Others

I remember the instant before the impact - the realisation that I was indeed going to have a collision. The impact knocked the wind out of me and the pain was almost instant. I was not aware of the fact at the time but my ski bindings earned their keep and did what they were designed to do - they released my boots from the skis and they did so quick enough to avoid injury to my legs. As a result of pitching forward from the boot release, the snowboarder's body acting as a pivot point and the momentum I had, I became airborne. I was not particularly aware of this at the time, but my son had turned round and saw the events unfold.

Lesson 4: Injuries Can Really Hurt So Take Some Pain Killers With You As Insurance

I remember shouting with the pain. I remember another pain of impact. This would have been the point at which gravity took charge of my flight path which had by then been in excess of 10 metres and I was re-united with the snow. As I rolled to a halt I was clutching my chest. I have to admit that the pain was scary. It's amazing how many thoughts go through your mind at such a time. I know I was visualizing all manner of injuries. Somehow I rolled to my knees and it began to dawn on me that my legs were fine. I was extremely grateful for that. Slowly I staggered to my feet. My chest hurt with a passion. Yet I was so pleased that my legs were ok. Some 23 years ago I had a skiing accident and did not get up. My left leg suffered a fractured tibia. Not as bad an injury as Governor Schwarzenegger, I grant you, but it did take 3 months to mend. In any event, I was very pleased to have brought a precautionary helping of pain killers with me. Going shopping for medication after the
event would not have been enjoyable.

Lesson 5: Recovery Can Take Time And Doctors Can Only Do So Much

So what did happen to me? I am still not quite sure. I might have sustained rib damage. I very probably pulled chest and back muscles in all sorts of directions. My son re-united me with my skis. Unknown to me at the time, he caught my right ski just before it went over the edge and down the mountain. That would have really spoilt my day. Some concerned skiers surrounded me, clearly worried about my injuries. It took a while but I decided that I was capable of skiing down. I even ended the run on a black (difficult) slope which was slightly icy. I was pleased about that. End of skiing for this trip. Good job it was the last day. I did not seek medical attention after the accident. I was later told that attending hospital would be futile as one is not even x-rayed for rib injuries unless puncture wounds are suspected. In my case, repairs were down to the body.

Here Ends The Lesson

In truth I am not altogether sure what did happen in terms of injuries. I was munching pain killers with a passion for the best part of a week, less so for the second week. Now, one full month later, I don't need them at all. The body can be remarkably good at doing its own repairs but when injured it definitely hurts.

I had my first life experience as a human glider. My skis left my boots at the same time and that saved me some serious damage. I know that there were two impacts. The first was with the shoulder of the snowboarder, the second was with the snow when my gliding experience ran out of lift and I made my rather untidy landing. I find it amazing that after a lot of yelling, I staggered up and skid down the rest of the run finishing on a black. Compared to Governor Schwarzenegger, I was very lucky indeed.

How could I have avoided the accident? Only by skiing slower through the funnel. It would have been really helpful if the person who I collided with had looked before crossing the slope. For motor vehicle drivers, the person I collided with performed the skiing equivalent of pulling out onto a busy road without looking. Same as with driving really. Expect the unexpected.

The only question that remain are, should I now wear a helmet and should I be looking at body armour? Maybe, just maybe.

Richard Barker co-publishes the Hammock Survival Guide Sports Section at For many more articles on sports visit

Article Source: 5 Important Lessons From A Skiing Accident

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