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The Process of Hosting an Olympic Games

Hosting the Winter Olympic Games is something that is tremendous honor, but there is quite an investment that has to take place on the behalf of the host city. This is why Denver, Colorado declined to host the 1976 Winter Olympic Games. The voters of the city decided not to approve a $5 million bond in order to pay for updates, improvements, and promotions for the Winter Olympic Games. Yet the initial investment for getting ready to host the Winter Olympic Games is something that many areas are willing to do. The amount of revenue they reap during the Olympic Games as well as after that due to the publicity for their city more than pays for the initial cost to get ready for the event. A large portion of the money they earn comes from the television rights to air the Olympic events from their city. Those cities that want to host the Winter Olympic Games have to place a bid for it. The committee will then review each bid and narrow the options down to three or four. From there a full evaluation of the city w...

 


A Look at Extreme Snowboarding

Snowboarding by itself is a fun and safe sport which is basically a cross between skiing and skateboarding. Using a single large snowboard, enthusiasts rush down slopes through the snow. The feel and balance is quite different from regular skiing since navigation through the snow is achieved on only a single board, and unlike skateboarding, snowboarders let gravity do all the work of propulsion for them as they slide down the slopes. Naturally, once snowboarding caught on in popularity, it was only a matter of time before the most highly skilled practitioners decided to tackle harder and harder slopes, finding ones with more dangerous terrain, or natural formations that allowed for stunts like turnpipes in skateboarding. Thus was born extreme snowboarding. Extreme snowboarding involves extremely tough slopes set at 45 degree angles or less, making runs down these slopes extremely fast and difficult to control. Unlike gentle civilian snowboarding slopes, extreme slopes will also usually have outcroppings of ...

 


Hitting the Slopes Safely

In skiing and snowboarding, the key to an accident-free slide is in the preparation. Before you even take the wild ride down a snowy mountain cap, be sure to do all necessary preparations. The following tips could spell the difference between an enjoyable skiing or snowboarding vacation and a visit to the hospital. Take skiing and snowboarding lessons. There is no such thing as a born skier or snowboarder. You need guidance from experts who have been into these sports for years so that you will improve your performance and safety in skiing and snowboarding. With regard to your skiing or snowboarding outfit, wear clothing that is dependable against water and wind. Make sure that your apparel has enough protective features like wide collars that can be enfolded to cover your face against wind and zippers and strings that enable you to adjust your outfit easily and comfortably. Acquire the proper equipment for skiing and for snowboarding. If you own the equipment, like skis and snowboards, have them custom-fi...

 


Choosing the Right Skiing Gear

Skiing is a fun winter sport but to get the full enjoyment from it you need to have the right ski equipment. This is also necessary in order to help you remain safe while you are skiing. While most ski resorts rent out equipment, you will find having your own makes it an entirely different experience. You will need to dress in layers when you go skiing to preserve your body heat because the weather will likely be cold. The thermal underwear you buy needs to fit you snuggly so it isn’t moving around under your other clothing. You will need a ski suit or ski pants for your outer layer of protection. You want items that are waterproof so you won’t end up wet and cold as the day progresses. One of the most important pieces of ski equipment are your boots. Ski boots need to fit correctly or you will have a very difficult time on the slopes. They need to be snugger than what you will wear for your normal shoes. Your ankles have a great deal of pressure on them while you are skiing so if your boots ...

 


Valley Forge: The Place to Cure Cabin Fever

(NewsUSA) – Valley Forge and Montgomery County, Pa., were the site of, arguably, the most famous winter in history, when the Continental Army hunkered down amid harsh conditions, limited supplies and low morale. Fortunately, things have perked up a lot since then. Today, when the cold and snow weather sets in, the area comes alive with a variety of outdoor activities that ensure not only rosy cheeks but plenty of memories built with family and friends. Downhill skiers flock to Spring Mountain Adventures, Schwenksville, which offers top-notch schussing within a commute that takes a matter of minutes, not hours. The 535-foot mountain hosts skiing, snowboarding and tubing, down nine trails serviced by six lifts. A full array of lessons is available, catering to all levels of expertise. Apres ski options include a lodge where adventurers can ease their tired muscles while enjoying a fresh slice of pizza in front of a roaring fireplace. To kick up the luxury a notch, the nearby Woodside Lodge offers overnig...

 


5 Indoor Activities to Beat the Winter Blues

During those freezing cold winter months when you aren’t able to get outside and it’s hard to muster up the motivation to get out and hit the gym, it can seem nearly impossible to get any exercise in. Activity levels fall to one step above couch potato and we often wonder where the excess weight is coming from. However, not all is lost. You do still have a chance to maintain some form of an exercise routine even when the snow is falling and temps are ridiculously low. Video games – this is not a suggestion to sit on the couch and stare at the television all day with a controller in your hand. Systems such as the Wii offer games where you can be up and moving while you are playing. Bowling, tennis, Wii Fit, and Wii Sports are a few games that will not only get your whole family laughing, but also keep everyone active while the snow blows outside. Indoor obstacle course – use your furniture and everyday items around the house to create a fun, unique obstacle course that you ...

 




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