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Does Skiing Have to Involve Snow?

Posted by John Entwistle on Aug 10, 2010 11:46:00 AM

How can you define skiing? Does it have to involve snow? Is it something that can only take place during the winter months?

For most skiers, spring brings a time where skis are put away in the basement and the golf clubs or mountain bikes are brought out in to the sunlight. In one of my previous blog posts, I discussed some strategies to survive a ski-less summer. I know that there are some of you who have probably tried some of those strategies, and are looking for more. Maybe that itch to ski is so bad by now you are looking to answer how to ski/snowboard in the summer without snow? Here are a couple of options I have considered this summer:

Wake skiing: Basically take a pair of oversize rockered skis, add some water-ski bindings, get a boat, and let the fun begin! The picture below is of me completing the first ever 180 on okanagan lake in Kelowna B.C.

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Wave skiing: Just watch the video. Otherwise you won't believe me...

Grass Skiing: That’s right! This is actually an F.I.S. sanctioned event. Again though... You will need to watch the video to believe me.

Wakeboarding: Basically snowboarding behind a boat with a short rockered board. (Airtime optional)

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Surfing/ Wake surfing: Behind a boat or on the natural waves on the ocean. Hang 10 dude!

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Sand Boarding: What you do if you have the opposite of snowy mountains: Sandy desert.

Whatever your method of off snow skiing or snowboarding is, getting out in the summer sun is all that really matters! Have another form of off snow skiing that you enjoy? Feel free to comment with your methods so I can try it out!

-And if you really miss that heli-powered snow sliding, feel free to come up on a CMH Summer Adventure and try your hand at butt sliding! WAY more fun than it sounds!

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Topics: For Fun, CMH Intern