Skiing in its modern day incarnation has become one of the most popular winter sports among the thrill seeking minds. The excitement one gets through descending at a great speed on top of snow can be very ecstatic.
Skiers normally use convention skis attached to their boots, to slide on top of the snow along a slope. Many of us do enjoy skiing and there are few places in India, where we can do so. Gulmarg in Kashmir for example, is a hill station is only 52 kilometres away from Srinagar. A skier can make use of its five kilometres ski lift along the Afarwat Hills of the Pir Panjal Range.
Zermatt, Switzerland is famed for offering 20 kilometres of skiing surface in the Swiss Alps. Known for its ski resort, Zermatt has hosted the 2008 Infinity Downhill Race. Skiing is just one of the many popular snow sports that are out there. You can even enjoy activities such as snowboarding, ski jumping, speed skating, bobsleigh and snowmobiling.
In 2014 Winter Olympics, we saw the origin of the third most successful female Olympic alpine skier of all time. The German alpine ski racer, Maria Höfl-Riesch achieved this triumph by winning her third Olympic gold in Sochi Olympics this year. She has now joined the ranks of earlier two Olympic athletes, such as Janica Kostelic of Croatia and the American skier Lindsey Vonn, in the list of all-time greats.
Already crowned with the World Cup overall title in 2011, Maria Höfl-Riesch is a three-time Olympic Champion. A prodigious star since her growing years, she has battled frequent injuries to come back and win it all.
You certainly can relish the joy in your skiing session if you have the right gear with you. Be sure to wear your Quick Dry thermals as the base layer. Get a fleece as the middle layer and cover it with a ski jacket which should be waterproof, breathable and wind resistant, just like a light weight ski parka. Some waterproof insulated ski pants are quite essential at this point, only to be supported by good pair of shoes.
You can always accessories your attire for skiing. A fleece buff or neck gaiter will cover your head and neck nicely. Some waterproof insulated gloves will do just fine with a pair of 100% merino wool socks that are Quick Dry and anti-bacterial.
When skiing at high speed you must wear fine quality snow goggles like the Oakley Snow goggles. With the latest airflow technology, it protects your eyes from high impact and provides 100% UV filtration with the special lens design.
Being a world champion is not easy and doing it again and again is what makes Maria Höfl-Riesch a ski legend. We love her for the passion she possess for the sport and her ability to shrug away any obstacle in the way to achieve her dream.