Wind-Kissed Skin: Tips on Avoiding Windburn on a Ski Vacation

Aside from the possibility of getting caught in the middle of an avalanche and getting a frostbite during your ski vacation, here’s another threat that you should avoid: windburn. So what exactly is a windburn?

Windburn is the redness of the skin caused by long exposure to strong and cold winds for extended period of time. The cold air allows the wind to easily break down the fat molecules (oil) that maintain the normal moisture in your skin. As a result, the skin turns dry and irritated. Skin also becomes more sensitive to products. It commonly occurs on the face but it can happen to any exposed part of your body.

Signs and Symptoms

Windburn is characterized by the irritation of the skin manifested in the redness of the face and other parts of the body such as neck and hands. It can look and feel like sunburn. Sometimes, the skin can seem swollen and feel very itchy and/or sore. It usually last for a few days because it causes much less skin damage.

However, if the irritation lasts longer, consult your doctor to avoid another skin condition such as rosacea. Rosacea is a skin disease that can mimic windburn and characterized by various forms of facial redness due to the enlargement and widening of blood vessels beneath the surface of the skin.

Who might be the victims of sunburn?

Those who are involved in winter sports such as skiers, snowboarders, and ice skaters are most likely to experience windburn. Being exposed to cold, dry, brisk wind at high altitudes increases the possibility of severe windburn.

People who live in warm climates don’t usually experience windburn, however sudden exposure to cold dry winds on vacations or during a sudden weather change may increase the odds.

What are the ways to prevent it?

First, keep your skin covered. Wear a scarf or neck warmers for your neck and chin, mittens to protect your hands, a hat or headband for your ears and a face mask for your nose cheeks, and forehead.

Second, if you plan to go out for a long time, wear some moisturizing sunblock to protect you from both sun and windburn. Don’t forget to moisten your lips too, with an SPF lip moisturizer. Apply sunscreen to your skin and lips every two hours.

Third, check weather reports and know the wind-chill factor before going out. If the weather is extremely cold, then don’t stay outside far too long.

Fourth, if it happens, apply lotion about four times a day. Make sure those lotions are without fragrance or acidic ingredients to avoid further irritation. If your skin begins to peel, resist the urge to pick at your skin and continue to moisturize. In cleaning the affected area, choose a mild cleanser to keep the natural moisture in your skin. If your condition is not getting any better, best to consult your doctor.

Are you ready for your ski vacation? With these helpful tips, your vacation will surely be windburn-free.

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Skiing With Tennis Elbow

“I have tennis elbow, can I still ski?”

As the outside temperature starts to drop, and the snow begins to blow, you’re probably turning your thoughts to winter activities. With reports of new snow in the forecast, as you’re waxing your skis, you may wonder if you should ski when you’ve been diagnosed with tennis elbow.

There’s not a simple answer to the question, as it depends on the severity of your condition. It’s helpful to talk in terms of pain levels when figuring out the acuteness of your symptoms. From zero to ten, 0 is no pain, and 10 is a pain level so high you need to go to the emergency room.

If your pain at rest is 3 or 4 but goes even higher with activity, it’s best for you to rest and rehab your arm. Skiing would most likely aggravate your condition. You should consider hand therapy to get you on the road to recovery. If you have 0 pain at rest, and most of the day, but your pain goes up to a 2 with arm use, you can consider skiing if you take some of the following advice.

First, let’s talk about your ski poles. Use both of them! It may seem like a good idea to ski with only one pole on your uninjured side, but this is generally not recommended. It can throw your balance off and cause injury from overuse to your uninjured side. So use both poles and keep the following suggestions in mind. Ski poles need to be the right length for your height. You should be able to grip your poles with your elbows bent to 90 degrees. If your poles are too short, or too long, it puts more strain on your elbow. Make sure you use your ski pole strap. It allows you to generate power from your arms with less force through your grip, which decreases strain on your elbow. Also, the lighter the pole, the better. When you’re skiing, keep your grip light on your poles. Although you can’t control ski conditions, it’s definitely more jarring on your arms to be skiing in hard packed, icy conditions than soft snow.

Ski smart and try to minimize poling as much as you can. Try to ski as close to the chair lift as possible. When you need to pole, try making shorter arm strokes, keeping your elbows close to your body, as opposed to long arm strokes with the arms fully extended in front of you. Skate with your legs when you can, it’s great for core strength, and minimizes arm use.

Before and after skiing, do some forearm stretches. If you’re using a forearm strap, wear it when skiing. If your pain level increases at the end of your ski day, use a cold pack for about 8 minutes several times throughout the evening.

In early season, plan on taking several breaks during the day. Consider skiing for a half day, and see how your arm feels. Remember to dress for the conditions, and keep warm, especially your hands and arms when you have tennis elbow.

Listen to your body, and have fun!

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Tennis — How Vulcanized Rubber Changed the Game

In my mind, the true history of tennis does not begin until the 1850’s, when the first “modern” tennis balls were invented and used. Before this point, the history of tennis is the history of a completely different game – “real tennis.”

Real tennis is played on indoor courts. In fact, real tennis cannot be played outside – the players use the angled walls of a real tennis court to strategically hit and return the ball to their opponents. Yes, real tennis his very similar to today’s modern tennis, or “lawn tennis,” but only in the same way that handball, badminton, croquet, and racquetball are similar to lawn tennis!

That is why I choose to start my history of tennis at the point in which lawn tennis diverged from real tennis, and this happened in the 1850’s. It was in the 1850’s that Charles Goodyear, of Goodyear tire fame, invented vulcanized rubber. Vulcanized rubber is a process that prevents natural rubber from deteriorating so quickly (without the vulcanization process, natural rubber could deteriorate within just a few days.)

So, with the vulcanization of rubber came rubber tennis balls. The rubber tennis balls could be used outdoors on lawn courts. These rubber tennis balls were a nice change from the wads of wool, hair, wool, or cork wrapped in leather or string and cloth – these are what had been used in real tennis.

And because these vulcanized rubber tennis balls could be used outdoors, on lawn courts, without walls to bounce them off of, new rules had to be invented for this new game of lawn tennis.

Walter Clopton Wingfield is usually the man who is given credit for the invention of modern tennis, or lawn tennis. Around 1874, Wingfield actually patented the game. And the game became popular among the leisured classes throughout the end of the 1800s.

The popularity of tennis spread relatively quickly. Tennis clubs were set up around this time. The first tennis championships were held in 1877 in Wimbledon… a precursor to the Grand Slam tournament held in Wimbledon every year, even today.

The rules of tennis changed gradually throughout the later 1800s, changing the shape of the court and the height of net and thereby changing the history of tennis in the process!

So, as you can see, it makes sense that I choose to start the real history of tennis around the 1850’s when Charles Goodyear’s invention of vulcanized rubber made modern tennis possible.

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Skiing in Greece

Snow and skiing may not be the first images that comes to mind when thinking of Greece; however, Delphi, Greece is home to the largest winter sports center in Greece. The Parnassos Center is located on the Parnassos Mountains. It has two sites, Fterolakka, located at an altitude 1600 meters, and Kelaria, located at 1750 meters. They both end in Toumborachi. The location has seventeen skiing sites with eight skiing routes and two mini skiing routes for beginners. it has thirteen lifts: six each of aerial and tow lifts and one four seat telecabin. It is open each year between December and May. There are schools available as well such as Pappos-Baloumis, Mpoumpa and the Pro Shop. There are several equipment stores available as well. Also available to visitors are snowmobile and sleigh rentals,and ice skating.

Though the winter season in Greece is rather short, there are many Winter sport centers to choose from for your enjoyment.

The Velouchi Resort in Karpenisi is located on Mount Tymfristos, in Central Greece. The ski center has eleven sites with six lifts, in addition to a lift leading to the skiing site for beginners. Other amenities include a restaurant, a cafeteria, a snack bar, and a equipment shop. The resort is open from December to March.

The Elatochori resort is located on the Pieria Mountains of Mount Olympus. The ski center has six ski trails. There are also a tracks for snowboards and sleds. Other amenities include a chalet, two schools, shops selling and a Snowboard Fun Park.

The Kalavryta Center in Peloponnese is located on Helmos Mountain.

The resort has eight ski lifts and thirteen ski runs with different levels of difficulty.

The ski center offers night skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling and paragliding. There are three ski schools available as well as ski equipment. It is open between December and April.

The Profitis Ilias Resort is located on the Politsies plateau of the Mavrovouni mountains. The center has five ski slopes and one ski run. There are also three lifts. Other amenities include a school and a shop where visitors can rent ski equipment and snowmobiles. There is also a chalet with a restaurant and cafeteria available. It is open between December and March.

The Pisoderi Resort is located on Mount Verno in western Macedonia. The ski center has twelve runs and five lifts. It has a chalet where visitors can rent ski equipment or receive ski instructions. There is also a medical center on the grounds.

The Tria Pente Pigadia is located on the Vermion Mountains in Northern Greece. It has seven lifts including two for beginners. Ski instructors are available at the resort. It is open each year from October to April. There is a chalet with a beautiful view. The chalet offers night accommodations.

The Vasilitsa is located on the Pindos Mountains. The ski center stretches over two mountains and has sixteen ski runs that have every imaginable kind of terrain. The ski center is known as one of the best places in southeastern Europe for snowboarding. Other amenities include a small snowboard shop, two chalets that have overnight accommodations and a small bar.

The Kaimaktsalan is located on the Voras Mountains in Central Macedonia. The resort has fourteen skiing sites and four lifts. The ski center also has a snowmobiling course. Other amenities include two schools, and a chalet with a restaurant and a cafeteria. The cafeteria has a playground. The chalet also has seven luxurious mini suites available.

The Thessaly Pelion is located near Chania. The ski center has seven skiing sites and five lifts including a lift for beginners. The site offers night skiing on the weekends. Other amenities include a school that also rents out ski equipment.

The Seli is located on the Vermion Mountains of Northern Greece. The center has eighteen trails ranging in difficulty to meet the needs of all skiers, and six lifts.

The Seli village is located at the bottom of the ski center. The village has ski schools and shops available. The village also has hotels and coffee shops to welcome visitors.

The Falakros is located on the Falakros Mountains in Northern Greece.

The ski center has over twenty skiing sites. There are four lifts in addition to three beginner lifts. The ski center has four ski schools and the Tsakiris shop available to skiers. Other activities include trekking, cycling, riding, and jeep safaris. Other amenities include three chalets and a medical center. There are also accommodations available in Drama.

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Most Popular Winter Olympics Events

The Winter Olympics began in 1924 and has been growing in leaps and bounds since then. Like its summer cousin, there are some events that capture sporting fans’ imagination more than others. These events draw the largest spectator crowds and get the most airtime on television.

It would be prudent to say that of the 15 events featured at the Winter Olympic Games, the following are the most popular:

Figure Skating

Always a fan favorite, figure skating has a number of categories for which enthusiasts eagerly watch every turn on the ice. The categories are:

-Singles (Men’s and Ladies): Skaters perform beautiful twirls and jumps in time to music.

-Ice Dancing: mixed couples perform to music. One important aspect of this discipline is that the man must not lift his partner higher than his shoulders.

-Pairs: Similar to Ice Dancing in that it involves couples.

In the men’s event, the USA has consistently done well, winning more gold medals than any other country. The costumes are as much a part of the allure of this event as the grace displayed by the figure skaters.

Alpine Skiing (Slalom)

Added to the Winter Olympics in 1936 in Germany, this sport has a number of categories that are easy to understand by fans. Its hair raising turns and super fast speeds have made it one of the more popular events at the Winter Olympic Games. Skiers have been known to reach speeds of almost 81 miles per hour.

One of the features that make this event so popular is that skiers, despite their speed must pass through a number of gates while traveling down what is called a vertical drop. If a gate is missed, the competitor has to climb back up and go through the gate or face disqualification. This event is definitely not for the faint of heart.

Alpine skiing includes:

-Giant Slalom

-Slalom

-Super G (also known as Super Giant Slalom)

-Downhill

-Super Combined

Both the men and women’s events hold the same appeal for spectators. Not surprisingly, the top three countries over the years have been Austria, Switzerland and France.

Skiing (Freestyle)

The dizzying jumps and turns keep spectators enthralled as they watch skiers perform almost unbelievable feats. Apart from the beauty of the display of man against nature, spectators hold their breath at the indescribable spills that are part and parcel of free style skiing.

Men’s Ice Hockey

This event may well be the most popular of the Winter games. It has not lost favor since the very beginning of the event. In fact, this is just one of six original sports that started the Winter Games.

Curling

This event became an official game in the Winter Olympics in 1998. Prior to this it was a demonstration game, also known as “Chess on Ice” due to its use of strategy. There are two events, men’s and women’s, although a failed bid was made to add a mixed doubles category for the upcoming 2010 Games in Vancouver, Canada.

Bobsled or Bobsleigh is also fairly popular and always draws a sizeable audience. It has been a part of the Winter Olympics since the beginning. The three events are the two-man, two-woman and four-man races, and the four-man event is generally the most popular.

Overall, the honor for winning the most gold medals in the Winter Olympics goes to Norway followed by the United States of America. The Winter Olympics, while not as popular as the Summer Olympics has steadily grown over the years to capture a sizeable audience.

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The Importance of a Warm Winter Coat

When it comes to winter coats for men, women, girls and boys, the importance of a warm winter coat should be of paramount concern for parents, kids, men and women alike. The thing about winter coats is that most of them just plain suck. Sure you can go to Wal-Mart and buy a winter coat for $100 but don’t it expect it to be warm, don’t expect it to fit well, and don’t expect it to be stylish. But above style, it should fit well.

A well well-fitting jacket is a warm jacket. It all starts with the type of material you find inside the jacket. Many jackets come with some kind of synthetic insolation, I don’t even know what its called but its probably no good. You want to go natural go with goose down, you can’t go wrong and you’ll always be warm. You should also consider the inside of the jacket that actually touches your skin. It usually should contain a comfortable light polyester material so you feel too warm and doesn’t absorb moisture if you happen to sweat (chances are if your doing something rigorous, like shovelling the driveway, you’ll probably sweat).

At the same time you should also consider leaving enough room to layer up. Layering up involves adding layers of clothing underneath a winter coat to provide additional layers of warmth. Layering is a must-do for winter sports, but is also advisable for general winter day-to-day. Layering isn’t just about piling on more shirts. The first layer should be a polyester or synthetic material that will keep moisture off your body, like a sports shirt. The next layer should be a light cotton based material, or hybrid cotton polyester for warmth and moisture wicking. The should be all you need plus the warm coat over top. You should never have to much space on the inside of the jacket, this is where cold air can hide and chill you quite quickly. You always want the layers of clothing and the space between clothes and the jacket to be fairly snug.

The outer shell of the jacket should always be a water proof breathable material. Don’t bother with anything that says “water resistant” or “water repellant”, choose brand name water proof shells like Goretex. The next time you get wet snow or rained on, you’ll thank yourself for spending a bit more on the waterproof material, and you’ll thank me for writing this!

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3 Steps To Plan the Ultimate Ski Trip in Colorado

Colorado is a mecca for winter sports only if you know where and when to go. If you’re arranging an adventurous trip in, say, Summit County, you must prioritize skiing. If, however, you’re getting cold feet while planning a ski trip in Colorado, trust this write-up to be your bible. Now, without ado, let’s get started.

The 3 steps

Decide your companions on the trip and its length

For making any trip pleasurable, you’d require the company of great comrades and/or family members. Afterward, you’d require setting up the length of the trip too; a trip’s duration will get directly influenced by your travel budget. So if you’ve chalked out your travel budget, you’ll get a handle on the number of days and nights that you’re willing to spend in the mountains.

Save the dates of yours and of all those who’re accompanying you

As an ideal itinerary planner, you shouldn’t be lackadaisical in deciding which days (and dates) of the ski season will suit you and everyone. The best months to ski in Colorado start from mid-October to the first week of July, so ask everyone the month and the dates that suit them the most.

Decide the ski resort where you and all the fellow traversers would like to ski and revel

First things first, choose the size of the ski resort that you wish to go to; whether it’d be a huge one or a smaller one. (Actually, that, too, would depend on your budget.) If you’re having a lavish budget, we’d advise you to select a resort enjoying Copper Mountain’s excellent stature. (For example, if you happen to choose Copper Mountain, we’d advise you to book a seat in a Copper Mountain shuttle in advance; because you shouldn’t leave anything to chance.) And if you’re planning on a shoestring, go for a small-sized resort such as Ski Cooper.

Are there any other points that need to be remembered before selecting a ski resort?

Yes, there are two of the most important points.

Your budget: You’ve to choose only those resorts that fit your budget. If there are any beginners, it’s better to choose a resort that give ski training sessions. (However, such resorts are costlier than the normal ones, so choose accordingly.)

Know the resort’s vertical drop: For those of you who are unaware of the term “vertical drop,” it’s the distance for which your skis will run. Many ski resorts post the vertical drop on their website.

So by following these three tips and by remembering the two points (to select ski resorts), you’ll be able to plan a great ski vacation. Ski happily and safely, Skier.

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Enjoy a Relaxed Ski Holiday In Peisey-Vallandry

Whether we like it or not, winter has arrived in the United Kingdom! Although the autumn season was remarkably prolonged this year, rain and colder weather has finally reached the shores, just in time for us to begin planning a Christmas break!

And while many Britons will take the chance to catch up with friends and family during the holiday season, just as many are likely to head out on a slightly more exciting type of break – like a stay in a catered chalet in a ski resort in Europe.

The Unbeatable French Alps

For many, a preferred destination is sure to be the French Alps. After all, it is here that some of the best skiing and snowboarding pistes and slopes in the world are located, as well as some of the most famously luxurious resorts. Over the decades, this part of Europe – along with neighbouring Italy, Switzerland and even Austria – has deservedly carved a reputation for itself as the winter holiday destination par excellence, explaining its popularity among tourists both in Britain and further afield.

But for every person willing to pay top dollar for a catered chalet in Val D’Isére or Morzine, there will be another looking to scope out quieter or more affordable options elsewhere in the country. Inevitably, this type of traveller will discover that France holds more than meets the eye in terms of the scope of its ski resorts.

With plenty of scenic places to visit – and a few excellent ski resorts – the Savoy region is ideal for those wishing to enjoy a catered chalet holiday while staying relatively secluded from the winter-sport crowds yet within easy access of quaint villages and natural attractions.

Peisey-Vallandry

One of the best resorts from which to enjoy all that Savoy has to offer is Peisey-Vallandry. Part of the Alpine region known as Paradiski, this resort offers the perfect mix of challenging pistes, breath-taking scenery and extra activities and sports – making it perfect for families as well as for individual travellers or groups of friends.

Adrenaline junkies for whom the thrill of whisking down slopes is not enough, for example, will delight in the opportunity to engage in ice climbing – up frozen waterfalls, no less – or paragliding, while families might enjoy snowshoeing, pedestrian walks, or even cultural sessions held at the resort itself.

Peisey-Vallandry also offers special nursery days, so that parents with small children may have a personal day to enjoy the slopes on their own. A health club and regular entertainment events are also a fixture at this resort, ensuring that tourists who choose to book a catered chalet there get an extra something out of their skiing holiday!

For all these reasons and more, Peisey-Vallandry is an excellent under-the-radar option for a Christmas break in France.

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Top 5 Labor Day Destinations for 2017

Few auspicious moments of life are a mere resemblance of happiness, and we don’t miss a chance to celebrate such moments. Consequently, we use different names to remember the time, place and the day we spent, likewise the upcoming Labor Day 2017 is a much-anticipated event around the United States, post solar eclipse.

Plan your Labor Day weekend leisure with a Northeast escape to Stowe for gala time with your family members and buddies; it is commonly known for its winter sports and many outdoor activities. On the other hand, Stowe is a standout amongst other Labor Day destinations since you’ll have an opportunity to join the people around the town and appreciate the excellence of climate. Regardless of whether it’s a hike to swimming or a mountain biking and bottling plan, Green Mountains will make you put forth on your plans.

Mere opinion!

The idea of arranging a stay at a top-notch resort nearby Mount Mansfield is a sensible decision, where you will be facilitated to enjoy the eateries, pools, and spacious tennis courts and much more. If you want to explore the surrounding, there will be a complimentary transport facility arranged by the management that can take you into the town, just like a quick nap. Or you can rent a bike to explore the places by your own. Perhaps, the hiking trail is a favorite option for most of the visitors, where they spend more time discovering the beauty of nature.

On the other hand, people tend to participate in various events, such as bike race, football match, street games, country fair and live concerts and so on. If you are looking for some other ways to have fun, then you should try city outskirts for a relaxed and peaceful environment, where you can view the fireworks around the town; right after the sun hits off the day. Perhaps; this option is viable for those who need a space for privacy.

There are few renowned places around the nation to enjoy the Labor Day occasion, and the top five among them are listed below.

  • Enchanting Canyon lands National Park in Utah
  • White Sands in New Mexico
  • Santa Cruz in California
  • Tennessee’s Knoxville
  • Beautiful Kerr Lake of North Carolina

Camping outdoors is always a fun, and these places are perfect choice to make it happen!

Prerequisites for outdoor camp

A day out in the middle of the forest or elsewhere in the city outskirts needs to be planned according to your stay; a number of participants and the weather condition are mere basics, in addition to that, you have to load enough food, water can, and camp tent in your vehicle.

Unlike other arrangements, the restroom is a tough one though; but we can manage it all the way by renting a porta john to indulge the need for proper sanitation. The arrangements differ according to the individuals need and standards, thus few “must have things” are covered in this topic.

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Basics of Wrestling

Wrestling has to be one of the hardest sports around. There are many factors that make up a good wrestler, however, there are many traits that are shared by all wrestlers no matter what their skill level is. To be a good wrestler, you will need to be as strong as football players, have the body awareness of gymnasts, conditioning of marathoners, speed of sprinters, and the mental toughness of the marines.

Dan Gable (who is a legend in the sport) was once quoted as saying that “Once you wrestle everything else is easy.” This couldn’t be truer. Wrestling is a sport that makes everything look easy in comparison. One of the reason for this because of weight cutting. Most sports will allow you to be able to eat normally before a competition. Wrestling on the other hand requires you to keep your weight under control. If you ever fail to make your weight class then you are not allowed to wrestler.

It can take many years for wrestlers to be able develop and really gel in the sport. However, this can be shorted by working out in the summer time. Since it is a winter sport, you can make up a lot of ground, by working out and training all year. This isn’t mandatory, but it is required if you want to be truly successful. There are summer camps all over the nation. In fact with a little research online, it would not be too hard to find a wrestling camp that is right near your house. Wrestling in tournaments all summer long is another way for you to really develop.

One way that will really help you develop your skills in the summer time is to make sure that you write down what you have learned at the camps. Bring pen and a notebook when going to a wrestling camp. This is because during these camps you will be shown many, many moves and will not be able to remember them all. When you write them all down you will be able to remember all of them, or at the very minimum you will remember more than you would have ever been able to without writing them down.

A person will only need a few pieces of gear in order to practice and compete. You will need to have wrestling shoes, a headgear, and a singlet. A singlet is the wrestling uniform that you might have seen before… it is the spandex. A few optional things that you can wear when you are wrestling are mouth guards and knee pads.

There are many different places competitions will take place but a good majority of them will take place in school gyms. This is because most wrestling events will take place between one or more schools. State and national tournaments are often held in stadiums due to the size requirements that necessary. A lot of space is needed for more than four to five mats. Some state tournaments have 10 or more mats because of the amount of wrestlers that they have. If they didn’t have all those mats then the event would take weeks to finish.

Wrestling is a great sport and it teaches many different life lessons. It not only teaches you how to be part of team but it also teaches you skills such as discipline, determination, and persistence. All of these skills are great for life.

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