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Ski quotes and jokes

Here’s some words of wisdom and jokes to get you pumped for the weekend of SKIING! Have a great weekend!

Life of Skiing

Here are some great quotes that describe the humour skiing has to offer.

Warning: if you are easily offended you may wish to avoid reading.

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The sport of skiing consists of wearing three thousand dollars’ worth of clothes and equipment and driving two hundred miles in the snow in order to stand around at a bar and get drunk. ~P.J. O’Rourke, Modern Manners, 1984

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Skiing is a dance, and the mountain always leads.

When it comes to skiing, there’s a difference between what you think it’s going to be like, what it’s really like, and what you tell your friends it was like. ~Author Unknown

Skiing is the only sport where you spend an arm and a leg to break an arm and a leg. ~Author Unknown

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Kids today, all they talk about is big air. I say, stay on the mountain, that’s where the action is. If you want big…

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Ski quotes and jokes

Here are some great quotes that describe the humour skiing has to offer.

Warning: if you are easily offended you may wish to avoid reading.

Jerking eCard

The sport of skiing consists of wearing three thousand dollars’ worth of clothes and equipment and driving two hundred miles in the snow in order to stand around at a bar and get drunk. ~P.J. O’Rourke, Modern Manners, 1984

near death ecard

Skiing is a dance, and the mountain always leads.

When it comes to skiing, there’s a difference between what you think it’s going to be like, what it’s really like, and what you tell your friends it was like. ~Author Unknown

Skiing is the only sport where you spend an arm and a leg to break an arm and a leg. ~Author Unknown

Skiing uphill

Kids today, all they talk about is big air. I say, stay on the mountain, that’s where the action is. If you want big air, pull my finger. ~Smooth Johnson

I think my favorite sport in the Olympics is the one in which you make your way through the snow, you stop, you shoot a gun, and then you continue on. In most of the world, it is known as the biathlon, except in New York City, where it is known as winter. ~Michael Ventre, L.A. Daily News 

Stretch pants – the garment that made skiing a spectator sport. ~Author Unknown

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There are really only three things to learn in skiing: how to put on your skis, how to slide downhill, and how to walk along the hospital corridor. ~Lord Mancroft, A Chinaman in the Bath, 1974

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Gotta use your brain, it’s the most important part of your equipment. ~Kevin Andrews and Warren Miller, Extreme Skiing

Stop wasting time trying to find the perfect person. Instead, invest your time skiing, and the right person will find you in the singles line–Sandra MacDonald

big are in New Zealand- We do these things not to escape life, but so life does not escape us

Top 10 Reasons To Ski: Family Edition

Okay, so I totally get why skiing does not sound appealing to many people. Probably because it’s freezing, expensive, and there is a certain amount of risk involved.

I would like to clarify why skiing is actually one of the most amazing and rewarding sports in the world.

1)   Skiing is a social sport – Unlike most other sports, skiing is a great way to meet friends, talk, gossip and laugh. There is plenty of time for chattering while riding the lift and you still get a great workout on the way down.  Whether you are shouting out “single!” or socializing during après ski, you’re bound to meet some great people while having some awesome times.

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2)   Skiing is enjoyable with the whole familywhat other sport can a family ranging from toddlers to grandmas actually ENJOY participating in together?

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3)   Skiing gives you the best view with zero effort- Besides backcountry skiing, chairlifts take you to new heights with spectacular views that will take your breath away.  This totally makes up for the cold days.

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4)   Winter is the longest season- From late November to April, skiing gives those countries susceptible to cabin fever or seasonal affective disorder (SAD) a healthy outlet and promotes active living.

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 5)   You can eat and drink all you want – unlike that last family vacation in Mexico where you gained 15 pounds, skiing can burn 500-700 calories an hour (depending if you spent that hour on the side of the hill gabbing or eating a poutine in the cafeteria).  Plus being in the cold 7 hours a day makes your body work extra hard to stay warm.

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6)   Skiing has no limits (except snow…)– skiing leads to endless possibilities of travelling in your home area and around the world every month of the year.  Every place you ski gives a unique experience with new people.  Weather you are backcountry skiing in Argentina, cross-country skiing in Norway, or heli-skiing British Columbia, the sky is your limit.  And when we run out of snow… well there’s always those indoor ski facilities!

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Chillan crater

 7)   Skiing has the best fashion – It’s the year 2013 and nowhere else can you routinely wear clothing from the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s and not be considered unfashionable.  The older and tackier the better!  Plus most people look better in their ski clothes than a bathing suit…

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8)   Skiing is cool and always will be – There’s a reason why actions scenes, like James Bond, often use skiing as their mode of transportation. It’s because skiing is cool and bad *ss. 

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9)  Recreational skiing is non-competitiveThere are no winners or losers in skiing. If you make it down the hill, you are a winner!

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 10)  Skiing is a lifelong sport that is meant to be passed on – One of the most important and worthy points about skiing is it is a lifelong sport that can be learned and mastered at any age.  Children can learn young, ski for many decades, and pass it on to their children.  To be able to share a family legacy of skiing is a lifelong gift that is irreplaceable.

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learn why skiers are prone to knee injuries and how it is preventable

There are several factors that play a role in knee stabilization. The four ligaments of the knee (the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), posterior cruciate ligament (PCL), medial collateral ligament (MCL), and the lateral collateral ligament (LCL)) are the static stabilizers which hold the knee in the correct position.

ImageEach ligament has a specific purpose to prevent certain movements of the tibia in relation to the femur.  For example, the purpose of the ACL is to prevent anterior translation and medial rotation of the tibia.  Damage to the ACL is often correlated with the tearing of any or all of the other ligaments in the knee.  The muscles and tendons which surround the knee joint are called dynamic stabilizers.  Together they unconsciously flex and extend to control and stabilize the position of the knee joint.

To jumpstart this article, I’d like to start off with some fun facts to get your brain pumping.  According to the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the UCSF Departement of Orthopaedic Surgery (http://orthosurg.ucsf.edu/patient-care/divisions/sports-medicine/conditions/knee/anterior-cruciate-ligament-injury-acl/ )

  •  200,000 ACL tears occur annually in the U.S. and roughly 100,000 of these knees are reconstructed.  This amounts to billions of dollars per year
  • 70% of these injuries occur through non-contact mechanisms such as environmental, anatomic, hormonal, and biomechanical.
  • Women are three times more likely to have ACL injuries than men (in soccer women are eight times more likely) due to hormonal differences on ligament strength and stiffness, neuromuscular control, lower limb biomechanics and fatigue.
  • Women have a smaller ACL compared to men
  • Women do not activate their hamstrings as much compared to men during certain movements, causing less stability in the knee joint and more frequent ACL injuries.

By Including neuromuscular training, proprioceptive training and flexibility into your workouts/warm-up, you will directly decrease the risk of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries.   Your workouts should be performed at least 2-3 times a week prior to and during the ski season.  Be sure to include a warm-up,  stretching, strengthening, plyometrics, and agility.

And if worst comes to worst… just be glad we don’t live in the 1960’s anymore.ACL surgery humor

How to achieve your optimal performance at elevation

Skiing often coincides with high elevations. If you are skiing above 2,400 m (8,000 ft), chances of dehydration and altitude sickness significantly increases.

Signs of dehydration include fatigue, headache, nausea, shortness of breath, dry mouth and thirst.  Altitude sickness, caused by acute exposure to low partial pressure of oxygen, has many non-specific symptoms resembling the flu, carbon monoxide poisoning, insomnia or a hangover.  The symptoms are unique to everyone, as is the elevation at which an individual is affected.

As altitude increases, lung ventilation and gas exchange increases to compensate for the drop in oxygen pressure. The increase in respiration causes enhanced loss of carbon dioxide leading to respiratory alkalosis. The heart rate speeds up and urination increases to rid the body of bicarbonate to compensate for the alkalosis. This ultimately leads to a higher rate of water vapor lost from the body.

Humans have the ability to acclimatize to high elevation but it can take weeks or months.  Many skiers travel to resorts for a short holiday or a weekend trip and do not spend enough time at elevation to benefit from acclimatization. Full hematological adaptation can be approximated by multiplying the altitude in kilometers by 11.4 days. For example, to adapt to 4,000 metres (13,000 ft) of altitude would require 45.6 days.  If you are planning on going to Breckenridge, CO (12,998 ft), you better plan to be hydrated when you get there!

WIth a measured peak elevation of 12,998 ft, Breckenridge, CO is the highest ski resort in North America.
WIth a measured peak elevation of 12,998 ft, Breckenridge, CO is the highest ski resort in North America.

Skiers can reduce their chances of dehydration by making a conscious effort to be well hydrated BEFORE getting to high elevation. Once there, be sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day. If you don’t feel like carrying a water bottle or camelbak, take plenty of short breaks in the lodge to drink water. Many lodges now have water stations that are easily accessible. One last point; if you are a truly hard-core to the max skier, avoid drinking caffeinated drinks and alcohol as these all increase dehydration.  For the rest of us… a couple drinks a night never hurts.

U.S. Resorts                                   Peak Elevation (ft)
Breckenridge Ski Resort 12,998
Taos Ski Valley 12,481
Keystone Resort 12,408
Copper Mountain (Colorado) 12,313
Ski Santa Fe 12,075
Winter Park Resort 12,060
Wolf Creek Ski Area 11,904
Vail Ski Resort 11,570
Mammoth Mountain 11,053
Snowbird 10,992
Canadian Resorts                                   Peak Elevation (ft)
Sunshine Village 8,954
Lake Louise 8,650
Marmot Basin 8,570
Mt. Norquay 8,040
Kicking Horse 8,033
Big White Ski Resort 7,606
Whistler/Blackcomb 7,494
Revelstoke Mountain Resort 7,300
Apex Mountain Resort 7,200
Sun Peaks Resort 7,060

High Altitude: 1,500- 3,500 m (4,900-11,500 ft)

Very High Altitude: 3,500 m-5,500 m (11,500-18000 ft)

Three most common skiing injuries and how to prevent them

As everyone already know, skiing is a sport that doesn’t come without a risk factor. I’m here to tell you exactly what that risk factor is and how to prevent it from happening to you.

Today, the most common injuries are thumb injuries, head injuries and lastly of course knee injuries (account for 40% of ski related injuries).

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Skier’s Thumb- damage to the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL)

1) Skier’s Thumb: Occurs mostly to the UCL (ulnar collateral ligament) of the thumb.  This injury often occurs when a skier falls without releasing the pole from their hand.  This results in significant bending stress to the thumb.  Partial tears to the UCL can be treated with a splint but a complete tear requires surgery.

Prevention: Letting go of your poles when you fall or choosing poles that you can easily let go of can minimize your risk. American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) supports the use of poles with straps rather than the fitted grip as these are associated with fewer injuries.

2) Head Injuries: Travelling at high speeds beyond one’s ability and not being aware of the surroundings are two main causes of head injury.  Of course, even the most experienced skiers can get unlucky with the conditions leading to a serious concussion or even fatality.

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Nik Zoricic, member of the Canadian Ski Cross Team, died following a severe crash during the eighth-finals of a World Cup event in Grindelwald, Switzerland.

Prevention: This one is a no brainer…. Wear a helmet.  Luckily up to 40% of skiers wear helmets which has significantly reduced minor head injuries since 2000.  Unfortunately there is no evidence they reduce skiing related fatalities.   The main reason for this is probably because helmets are designed to only withstand impacts up to 23 km/h (14 mph).  Also, snow conditions make a big difference between the severity of the injury.  Ice versus powder can make a big difference when a head hits the ground….

Before I go onto the last common injury, let’s put things into perspective.  According to the National Ski Areas Association, in the year 2009…

35,900 Americans died in motor-vehicle accidents.

5,300 pedestrians were killed.

8,600 died from unintentional public falls.

4,500 died from unintentional public poisoning.

2,400 people drowned while swimming in public areas.

800 died while bicycle riding

41.5 died skiing or snowboarding (average deaths over a 10 year period)

So don’t get too worked up about skiing risk factors… just wear a helmet!

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3) Knee Injuries- Damage and stress to the medial collateral ligament (MCL) ccur commonly with slow twisting falls or in the ‘snow plow’ position.  The other common knee injury is damage to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) which occurs in a variety of ways such ‘as catching an edge’ or falling backward as your feet go forward.

Prevention:  Fortunately, most MCL injuries can be managed with a brace and limiting range of motion.  However, damage to the ACL often requires extensive surgery and a long (6-12 months) recovery.  The trick to preventing knee injuries is to go into the season physically fit with ultra strong quadriceps and hamstrings.

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Okay, maybe not this ripped.

Fortunately, research shows ski injuries have dropped by a whopping 50% over the past 40 years.  Advancements in equipment can be thanked for that!  Soft leather cut boots have turned into mid-calf plastic boots that support the lower leg and ankle. Ski resorts continue to improve slop safety/maintenance and advancements in binding design continues to reduce lower leg injuries.

Just some friendly snowboarder jokes…

Chicken vs. Pussy

This guy walks into a bar at Mt. Baker and says “Hey, you guys wanna hear a snowboarder joke?”
The bartender says, “Well, I’m a snowboarder, the guy on your left is a snowboarder, same with the guy on your right, and a couple of folks behind you as well!”.
So he says “Ok, I’ll tell it a little more slowly then”

Q: How does a snowboarder introduce themselves?
A: “Ohhhh – sorry dude!”

Q: What do you call a snowboarder with no girlfriend?
A: Homeless

Q: What is the difference between a snowboard student and their instructor?
A: Three days

Q: A car has five snowboarders in the backseat, what do you call the driver?
A: Officer

Q: How do you get a snowboarder to get off your porch?
A: Pay for the pizza.