Travel Tuesday – Colorado

This week we head to The Centennial State of Colorado. This picturesque state is home to popular ski travel destinations for tourists around the world. Colorado is a laid-back state, that welcomes all.

Aspen

Aspen, known for its array of things to do on and off the slopes, is the place to travel to while the snow is still fresh.

Aspen, Colorado

This city is home to four different resorts on well over 5,550 acres. Buttermilk, Snowmass, Aspen Mountain (aka Ajax to the locals) and Aspen Highlands provide you with everything you could imagine in a ski town. These resorts all vary in what they provide to their guests. The unique ski terrain at all locations, showcase the beauty and fine heritage that make-up Aspen.

Telluride

This ski town is home to spectacular views and has over 2,000 acres of amazing ski terrain. The 148 trails satisfy skiers and snowboarders of all ages. From intense off-piste tracks to the gentle groomers, Telluride is sure to please the entire family.

Telluride, Colorado

The snow remains deep here due to the shelter from the wind. The main town has a nightlife scene, so if you’re looking for the best of both worlds, we recommend lodging there.

Vail

This city has the largest area for skiing in the state, 5,289 acres to be exact. You will never run out of things to do while visiting this town. This popular ski destination has it all from many shops, bars and restaurants to being close to the Denver International Airport, which makes for easy travel in and out of the city (sometimes.)

Vail, Colorado

There are 2 types of terrain within Vail. One side serves the families and exquisite groomers, the other for the newbies. Both provide a variety of steeps, bumps, and glades that allow you to soak up every minute of the beauty that is, Vail. 

How To Transport Your Snow Gear

Using your own snow gear is vital for great runs, especially on a powder day. Why bother with the hassle of lugging your gear through the crowded airports, hoping it makes it to its final destination. Ship Skis will get your skis, snowboard, boots, and luggage to and from any ski resort you are staying at. We’ll even pick up your gear directly from your house, business or hotel. Grab a quick quote today, and experience what it’s like to travel hassle-free!

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Shipping – 3 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Be Afraid.

These days, you should be doing everything and anything to take care of your members and guests. Why? Because if you’re not doing it someone else will.  So why aren’t you offering a shipping service to your clientele? After all, don’t they deserve the best options!

Rental FOMO (Fear of missing out on club or ski rental revenue)

Are you a resort and have Rental FOMO? Our service caters to skier’s who are passionate about using their OWN equipment, not someone else’s. Our customers would rather drag their snow gear onto the plane if it meant not dealing with a set of loaner’s not fit for them. If anything, Ship Skis should make a nice complement to your rental program. We’ve even figured out ways to help you drive revenue, completely wiping out the fears of Rental FOMO.

Afraid the service will be too much of a hassle?

Aside from physically attaching the label to your luggage, ski and/or snowboard case, or box for your member or guest, our team literally can take care of the rest! This includes monitoring and arranging pickups, resolving any issues that may pop-up during transit, and communicate with the destination that packages are coming their way. It’s a completely free, outsourced service that you can implement right away. And you can trust us, we’ve been doing this since 2011 and have developed relationships with over 3500 facilities across the world. We will also take the time to customize our service to your needs. On top of that, we provide you with all the tools you need to succeed, including free shipping supplies.

Rather than asking yourself what’s in it for me, shouldn’t you be asking what’s in it for my member or guest!

Question the reliability of shipping?

What happens if your member or guest decides to fly with their skis or luggage and they don’t make it with the airlines? They’re likely ripping their hair out on the phone for hours with the airline, getting no nothing in return (besides a headache). Paying out of their own pocket for rentals it is!

With Ship Skis, we will track your equipment in real-time from the moment they are picked up until the moment they deliver. We know exactly where your bags are and when they need to arrive. We even have the capability of expediting service when an unforeseen situation arises. And if we can’t get your equipment to you before you hit the chairlift, we’ll cover the costs of rentals and other items you need for the day.

For the longest time, shipping was too expensive of an option for most. Thanks to millions of traveling skiers across the world we’ve been able to change that and offer the most aggressive rates the industry has to offer. And if all of this wasn’t enough, shipping with  Ship Skis has an on-time success rate around 95%, better than the airlines. Don’t be afraid, embrace shipping services – your members and guests will thank you for it!

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INC.com Feature for Ski Shipping Service, Ship Skis

The process to ship your snow gear to and from the mountain is now easier than ever. As winter is in full swing, and you head to the slopes, the awkwardness of lugging your gear will be no more.

Thanks to Ship Skis, all you have to do is follow 4 simple steps. Before you know it, you will be on your way to the mountains. Seems too easy? Well, that’s the simplicity of Ship Skis’ service.

 Ship Skis and INC.COM

Tom Popomaronis, an INC.com writer shared his understanding of the hassle-free shipping service, Ship Skis, with the hundreds of daily readers of INC. Tom is not an avid skier himself but was very impressed with what the service has to offer. As the trend of travel picks up for millennials and families around the globe, so does finding an alternate way for travel for your luggage and ski gear to and from the peak. The modern customer expects the ease of accessibility, convenience, and affordability all in one. With Ship Skis, you receive all of these and more. With ShipSkis.com, you are provided with white-glove customer service from the moment you book your shipment. As we are headed into the new year, the way people travel will steadily increase, converting more users to switch over to services such as Ship Skis because of the duo of the cost-convenience factor.

 

Read the full Ship Skis INC.com article here

Tom’s Understanding of Ship Sticks

The convenience Ship Skis offers their customers is what makes the company so unique.  The 4-step process is simple and easy for any skier to follow. You will never have to leave your home again to ship your snow gear. With an easy online ordering form, you can drop your gear off at a designated shipping carrier or elect to have it picked up. Yes, the carrier will come directly to your business, residence or to wherever you are skiing. From there, all you need to do is pack up your gear and print out your barcoded shipping labels. Then finally you’re ready for a successful shipment.

Ship Skis partners with several ski facilities around the world. From this, they have gained trust from the partner itself and the actual customer. In fact, they have shipped over 200,000 bags successfully since they began business.

The price is the most attractive feature for a Ship Skis customer. Find out for yourself, by grabbing a quick quote for your ski gear today. Ship Skis is over 50% cheaper than going directly through the carrier itself. What more can you ask for? The answer is a hassle-free experience which is in turn inherited from the moment you schedule your shipment. If you still are not sold on what Ship Skis can provide you. Check out their Support Center.

This ease of service can’t be found anywhere else. Ship Skis is the only ski shipping company that allows you to enjoy more time shredding snow and less time worrying if your skis will make it on the plane or not.

How Can You Benefit From This INC Experience?

Although Tom is not a skier himself, he is, in fact, a person who believes in a reliable service. This is the standard practice of Ship Skis. They thrive off making their customers 100% satisfied. They ensure that the experience of each skier is nothing short of memorable. With that being said, when will you let Ship Skis simply your next travel experience? Go ahead and book now!

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The Huffington Post for Ski Shipping Company, Ship Skis

Ship Skis and The Huffington Post

Keith Gill, an avid snowboarder, and contributor to the Huffington Post was privileged to share his Ship Skis story with the daily avid readers of The Huffington Post. Gill’s story is one of many who understands the personal struggle of lugging snow ski equipment through the airport. Since crossing paths on the slopes in Colorado with a devoted Ship Ski user, he no longer will have to pay expensive rental fees at the mountain. Our ski shipping company strives to simplify the travel experience for skiers and their families so that in the end, the only memories they look back on are the positive ones.

Read the full Ship Skis Huffington Post article here

Keith’s Experience with Ship Skis

For years, Keith Gill has sought for a simpler solution to transport his own gear to and from the mountain. Because of the unreliable airport handling and costly fees associated with flying with his old school Burton board, Gill relied on rentals which never resulted in the same experience on the snow. He stresses the significant difference it makes of having your own gear versus renting equipment when hitting the slopes.

After diving into our company a little more, Gill unveiled the numerous benefits that Ship Skis has to offer. Hassle free shipping being an attractive reason Gill will now rely on us. He also was drawn to the fact that Ship Skis handles everything from pickup to delivery. If a pickup is however missed, our service will upgrade the shipment at our own cost to ensure the original on time delivery date.

Our partners with resorts, retailers and lodges around the world account for the thousands of users who rely on us to transport their snow gear during the winter months. Since his recent discovery of Ship Skis, Gill will now have the pleasure of utilizing us for his future trips to Colorado or wherever his next snowboard adventure takes him.

What Does The Huffington Post Show For You?

Keith Gill’s personal experience with Ship Skis is like any other recreational Skier or Snowboarder who is not properly educated about our service. At Ship Skis, we strive to minimize the stress on skiers and their families by simplifying the transportation method of their snow gear and luggage to and from the peak. Now that you have heard Gill’s personal account, how will you let us simplify your next winter vacation?

Read the full Ship Skis Huffington Post article here

 

 

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Beaver Creek

Beaver Creek

Beaver Creek, or affectionately known as “the Beav”, is situated just 10 miles outside of the ever crowded Vail and only 100 miles west of Denver. If you’re looking for the luxury of a modern ski resort coupled with an intimate alpine village feel, then Beaver Creek is the place to visit on your next ski adventure.

Their motto, “Not Exactly Roughing It” certainly holds true as people tend to visit Beaver Creek more for the skiing and boarding experience, not for the scene or to be seen.

Beaver Creek is all about the little things. The slope-side valets will look after your gear and warm your boots for you while you peruse the shops and fine dining this quaint resort has to offer. The village also has a charming little ice skating rink, a must see performing arts center and some easygoing cantinas to enjoy a smooth cocktail. Thanks to some very well thought out escalators, going from the shops to the slopes is convenient and takes the hassle out of trudging around in your boots. Suddenly a day away from the slopes doesn’t sound so dreary.

The Creek

The Creek

Considered to be a rather modest sized resort, Beaver Creek has over 1,800 acres of skiable terrain and a vertical drop of about 3,600 feet. Regardless of its extent, because of the 25 well-placed lifts which include 2 gondolas and 10 high speed quads, you can navigate most of the summits, long ridge lines, glades and steep groomers with ease and excitement.

With widespread groomed trails, Beaver Creek is an ideal spot for beginners, those with a little more skill, or for skiers and boarders simply looking to test their carving skills on the mogul runs. Grooming occurs all day every day, resulting in a corduroy countryside spanning 805 gorgeous acres.

the beav

For The Thrill Seeker

Because of Beaver Creek’s upscale nature and complimentary cookies handed out every afternoon, it’s easy for the unfamiliar to assume that there are limited hardcore expert runs. However, this is certainly not the case. “The Beav” actually provides some of the most extensive steeps in all of Colorado.

The Stone Creek region of the mountain covers nearly 200 acres of extreme terrain and features plenty of cliff bands and chutes. Beaver Creek is also home to three terrain parks and a half pipe if you have the itch to catch some Rocky Mountain air.

Beaver Fever

Although Beaver Creek has over 300 days of bright blue skies, it also receives approximately 325 inches of fresh powder per season. Most of the slopes are situated on the “north face” which helps protect the snow from the sunshine. However, if you’re still anxious about the snow, don’t fret. Beaver Creek can make incredible amounts of artificial snow. Nearly 40%, or 700 acres, of the resort has snow-making abilities making the term “never summer” more realistic.

Beaver Creek

Not Just for the Extreme

Beaver Creek has a rare configuration, offering plenty of terrain for skiers and boarders of any skill level. Most of the beginner trails are located near the Arrow Bahn Lift, which is just a short voyage from the main mountain. Some of the trails located here weave in and out of the tree lines which gives the novice rider a taste of what may be to come.

For the kids that are too small to fully enjoy the mountain, Beaver Creek has many kid-friendly adventure zones located across the mountain. The little ones can cruise down runs with names like Wild West Trail or Tombstone Territory, which were designed to hold their interest and improve their skiing skills in preparation for when they can handle all the mountain has to offer.

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Vail Mountain

Vail Mountain

Coveted as one of the most legendary ski resorts in the world, Vail Mountain is a boastful and striking resort. With more than 5,200 acres of skiable terrain, Vail is one of the largest ski resorts in the nation. Vail not only carries a high ranking worldwide for its size but also their modern and extremely efficient lift system is rivaled by none. The multitude of variations in terrain offer unlimited options for any skier or snowboarder, and off the slopes, Vail Village features everything you would expect from a large metropolitan city. Vail is truly the mega resort that all others aspire to be.

The Mountain

Vail is so massive that there are literally untapped trails yet to have even the lightest ski or board print. The landscape of Vail is simply stunning and something anyone should experience at least once.
There are three distinct areas to Vail, the widely heralded front side, the legendary back bowls, and the prominent Blue Sky Basin.

The Front Side

The Front Side

Skiers looking for more of a joyride prefer the front side of Vail which has the most groomed terrain in the world. There are tons of long, wide runs that are kid-friendly, such as Simba, Bear Tree, and Born Free. Known to be the more congested side of the mountain, the front side has enough diversity to cater to any skier.

The front side is also home to a lot of cruisers for the youngsters. The Kids’ Adventure Zones, and three terrain parks; Golden Peak, Bwana Park, and Pride Park play favorite to the bunnies learning how to “pizza” and “French fry” their way down the mountainside.

Golden Peak features two half pipes, a 13 foot warm up pipe coupled with the monstrous 22 foot Superpipe to offer ample options for skiers and boarders looking to test the limits of gravity. The Game Creek Bowl race course is a perfect starting spot prior to carving down to one of the several mountain dining restaurants to choose from each with spectacular views.

The Legendary Back Bowls

The Legendary Back Bowls

If you’re a better than average skier looking to escape from the swarms of tourists on the front side, then venture off to the Vail Back Bowls. Here you’ll find amazing views, tranquil settings, and Vail’s signature, seamlessly formed, seven epic bowls spanning over seven miles of backcountry.

For an entertaining and challenging day, start off at the Sun Up and Sun Down Bowls and then head out to the China and Teacup Bowls which are some of the more popular, intermediate choices.

However, if you’re feeling extra bold, continue on your way and voyage out to the steeper and more stimulating Siberia Bowl. Even further out, you can experience the Inner and Outer Mongolia Bowls.

While it’s impossible to accurately describe how massive these bowls are, when compared to the average size of an east coast resort, the back bowls cast an enormous shadow. In fact, you can easily spend a week in the back bowls without covering all of the picturesque trails.

Blue Sky Basin

Blue Sky Basin

Traversing out to Blue Sky Basin is simply an adventure in and of itself. After roaming through almost all of Vail’s diverse terrain and once you’ve arrived at Blue Sky you will truly get a grasp of how enormous the resort actually is.

The terrain in Blue Sky Basin is more extreme than anything else that Vail has to offer. There are tons of advanced trails and terrain, but not everything is exclusively reserved for the expert skier.

The Lover’s Leap and Steep & Deep runs begin with huge vertical drop-ins which, at the very least, allow you to catch some decent air off a cornice depending on the amount of snowfall and nerve you have. Overall, Blue Sky Basin is very peaceful and has endless backcountry trails and tree skiing that will create long lasting impressions.

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Crested Butte

Crested Butte

Retaining its local charm and adventurous spirit, Crested Butte is known as Colorado’s last great ski town. This big time mountain with a small town feel offers relief from the stress of the typical “hustle and bustle” with its remote location deep in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado . Crested Butte offers some of the friendliest people, an laid back atmosphere, all while providing some of the most amazing skiing and snowboarding landscape in the country.

Crested Butte offers relatively small 1,167 acres of ski-able area which falls far below the average for Colorado ski resorts, but for Crested Butte it’s all about quality versus quantity. Beginners will be introduced to an abundance of open ranges to cruise down comfortably as they get used to the feel of the snowflakes crashing into their goggles. But don’t sleep on this top rated and highly touted mountain because it is more than just a resort full of bunny hills. The upper portion Mt. Crested Butte lays out a steep terrain filled with a wide range of different environments including chutes, bowls and mandatory cliff jumps!

Crested Butte

Quiet Little Mountain Town

One of the most attractive characteristics of Crested Butte is the detachment from the other, busier ski towns. This little piece of paradise offers an escape from the more touristy destinations while maintaining an authentic ski resort atmosphere, sought out by skiers and boarders everywhere. Aside from the die hard locals, there is no one to get in your way as you fly down the steep mountain, floating on top of ankle deep, fresh, and pure-white powder.

Crested Butte Mountain Resort is known to play generous hosts to those visiting on opening day of ski season by offering free lift tickets. Also, as closing day tradition, Crested Butte was famous for folks only skiing in their birthday suits. Even though this kind of conduct is no longer endorsed, you can still strip down to a bikini or shorts and have at it.

Crested Butte Roller Coaster

Experience Local Culture

Off of the slopes, Crested Butte has bountiful choices for dining and shopping. This little mountain town is somehow home to over 30 distinct bars, 6 different pizza places, and tons of quaint little, locally owned stores to shop in. Whether you are stopping by The Secret Stash for a slice of Asher’s Pie or dropping in at “The Eldo” for some live music, Crested Butte has plenty to offer away from the mountain.

There are many also plenty of options for lodging in Crested Butte, from charming hotels to cozy bed and breakfasts bungalows, the mountain has everything to offer. Crested Butte’s signature lodge, Mountain Square, is located in the heart of town and is just a few paces away from the ski lifts, hiking trails, and shopping too. Grand Lodge features 226 comfortably spaced and affordable, hotel rooms and suites ready for any family with a room full of ski gear. The Plaza is only 100 yards away from the Silver Queen quad lift and offers condominium features in a hotel-like atmosphere.

Mount Crested Butte

The genuine sense of community in Crested Butte is what separates it from the other ski resorts in Colorado. The locals that live, work, and play in Crested Butte welcome visitors as if they were friends or even family. As growth and changes have been coming to the mountain, the stubbornness of the town to keep to its true nature is the guiding reason that Crested Butte will remain “Colorado’s last great ski town.”

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Aspen Snowmass

Aspen Snowmass

Aspen plays host to some of the most luxurious hotels, priciest real estate, and exclusive celebrity escapes but people tend to forget the true reason why Aspen has become a world renowned mountain town. With a plethora of unforgettable ski slopes and trails Aspen is, and always has been, a sought after destination for skiers and snowboarders alike.

All that being said, when people refer to the sights and sounds of Aspen, the four resorts listed below collectively comprise this charming little ski town tucked away high up in the Rocky Mountains.

Snowmass

Snowmass

The largest of the fantastic four is the palatial Snowmass which could easily be considered a world-class resort in and of itself. Ranked as the second largest ski resort in the country, Snowmass weighs in with a staggering 3,300 acres of plush terrain and a whopping 150 miles of fresh groomed trails suitable for any novice while still challenging enough for even the most capable skiers.

Snowmass offers an impressive 21 lifts so access to steep chute cliffs, bowls, glades, cruisers or bumps won’t be difficult. Everything you could possibly need to ensure an unforgettable getaway is no farther than a picturesque lift ride away at Snowmass. Exquisite dining both on and off the mountain along with condos for family stays and a superb children’s facility make Snowmass a top choice for anyone planning a mountain getaway this winter.

Aspen Highlands

Aspen Highlands

For enthusiasts looking to get away from all the rowdy kids and families, Aspen Highlands is ideal for you. Traditionally preferred by the locals and experts, Aspen Highlands emits much more of a ‘ski bum’ feel than neighboring resorts. Over the horizon, just a short hike from the top of the chair, awaits the famous Highlands Bowl.

As a local rite of passage, any skier who wants to be taken seriously will be urged to scale and ski this incredible bowl. Snuggled right at the base of the ski-area, Aspen Highlands Village is the spot to stay for thrill seeking riders looking to push the envelope when they hit the hills. Around town you’ll find this easy going attitude is also reflected in the shops, restaurants, and public. Even a short stay at this sleepy mountain town will influence you to rethink the things in life that really matter.

Aspen Mountain

Aspen Mountain

Aspen Mountain, also known as Ajax, offers no rest for the weary as one of the only large resorts in the country without beginner friendly runs. This intimidating peak challenges riders with a vast selection of steep intermediate and expert trails.

The recently renovated Silver Queen Gondola now features 147 six-passenger cabins built with floor to ceiling windows allowing passengers to scout their routes down the mountain as they rise comfortably to the summit. Upon reaching the peak the descent is suited for mogul lovers and those who simply enjoy cruising down on corduroy trails.

Buttermilk

Buttermilk

As the name suggests, Buttermilk is a calm and gentle alp, covered with gently rolling hills suitable for families and beginners abound.

However, Buttermilk isn’t just for the young and untested, it’s also annual host to the best skiers and snowboarders worldwide when the Winter X Games rolls through town. According to Transworld Snowboarding Magazine, Buttermilk is home to the best half pipe on the planet.

The 22-foot tall 500-foot long “Superpipe” is one of only 3 in North America. This monumental feature is sought after and respected by only the most elite X Games victors and Olympic champions. Buttermilk also boasts the two mile long ‘Crazy T’rain Park’ which contains copious amounts rails, jumps, tabletops, hits and spines for extreme snow junkies. But the snow is even more plentiful with average annual snowfall accumulating up to 200 inches! Knee deep snow is not just a dream in these parts of the country, it’s an expectation.

Buttermilk

Deserving of the high remarks, Aspen Snowmass lends itself as an incredible vacation getaway in the high peaks of the Rocky Mountain Divide. By offering everything under the sun Aspen Snowmass proves itself year in and year out as one of the premier destinations for skiers of all skill level and desire.

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Epic Deal: Vail Resorts Announces Partnership with Niseko

One of the downsides of having a ski resort season pass is the it limits you to skiing in just one part of the country. That’s okay for some folks, but nomadic types eventually want to seek out new powder in other parts of the world. Vail Resorts figured this out a long time ago. That’s why Epic Pass holders receive unlimited and unrestricted skiing and riding at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin in Colorado; Canyons in Park City, Utah; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in Lake Tahoe.

On February 25, 2014, the mega-resort company introduced the ultimate perk: Epic Pass holders are now entitled to five days of skiing and riding at the Niseko Resort in Japan. Colin Hackworth, Representative Director of Nihon Harmony Resorts, representing Niseko United, said:

Niseko, Japan, is revered around the world for its consistently light, dry powder snow and warm Japanese hospitality. We welcome the opportunity for more Epic Pass holders to experience this very special part of the world and look forward to seeing them on our trails.

In 2008, Forbes Magazine honored Niseko as one of the Top 10 International Ski Resorts. Niseko also obtained bragging rights from National Geographic, who listed it as the world’s best powder resort. Niseko boasts an average awe-inspiring 590 inches of snow each year. The resort enjoys a prime location, about 100 kilometers south of Japan’s fifth largest city, Sapporo.

Niseko Annupuri forms part of the Niseko-Shakotan-Otaru Kaigan Quasi-National Park and is the most eastern park of the Niseko Volcanic Group. The winds from the Eurasian continent deliver some of the driest, fluffiest and abundant snow in the world. As if that was not enough, the resort is set against the backdrop of Mt. Yotei, an active volcano. When night falls,  stadium-style lights illuminate the mountain and facilitate 2,560 vertical feet of night skiing and riding. Deep-powder trails meander through the lit birch trees, creating a surrealistic and phantasmagorical skiing experience.

Four base areas, including Annupurri, Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village and Hanazono, comprise the mountain, which offers a versatile mix of wide open trails, scenic tree runs, epic backcountry and first first tracks, for those willing to set an early alarm. Even better, the resort caters to all skiing and riding abilities. An extensive lift system of 26 chairlifts and three gondolas deliver you to 72 trails. Adventurous types, yearning to get a fantastic workout and reach higher ground, can take the invigorating hike to the mountain summit.

Then, there’s the restaurants and nightlife, which offer an enticing blend of European and Japanese cuisine. At the end of the day, instead of the hot tub, relax in the natural hot springs, courtesy of the volcano.

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Oh Canada: Skiing and Sportsmanship in Sochi

Peruse the Internet, the library or magazines, and you’ll find countless articles about how athletic participation encourages the positive aspects of sportsmanship. If you have kids, that’s probably one of the many reasons why you teach them to ski. Unfortunately, some of that goodwill toward humanity often disappears on the slopes, as people fail to observe the basic rules of the Skier Responsibility Code.

Sometimes, the insanity of air travel causes inadvertent rudeness, as people smack you on the head with their skis when they rush toward the check-in line. The stress then carries over to the slopes, and chaos ensues.  This is one of the many reasons you should use ship-skis.com.

Begin your trip without the hassle of checking in your skis, and take the anxiety out of your ski vacation. But we digress. This week, a Canadian cross country ski coach went above and beyond the call of duty at the Sochi Olympics. In doing so, he displayed the true spirit of the Olympics, and of sportsmanship as well.

The Russian and the Canadian

Thanks to the early elimination of his own team, Canadian cross-country ski coach Justin Wadsworth was not in a particularly good mood.  Still, he wanted to watch the end of the semifinal in the men’s free sprint. This is what good coaches do. They watch the best, and analyze what their own skiers lack.

Sometimes, however, even the best will fail. As Wadsworth watched in horror, he noticed  Russian skier  Anton Gafarov coming over a rise. Gafarov, a projected medal winner, was having an exceptionally hard time.  After crashing on a downhill corner, he broke a ski. Then, he crashed again, thereby skinning a long layer of P-Tex off his ski. It was now wrapped around his foot like a snake.

Still, Gafarov wanted to finish the race, even if it meant that he would stumble across the finish line. Wadsworth looked around and noticed that nobody was doing anything to help; not even the Russian cross-country ski coaches. He later told the news media:

It was like watching an animal stuck in a trap. You can’t just sit there and do nothing about it.

That’s when he decided to help. Wadsworth ran onto the slope with a spare ski, fastened it to Gafarov’s boot, and drew thundering applause from the crowd. Even Gafarov finished the race three minutes behind his competitors, thanks to Wadsworth he still finished, and that’s what counts.

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