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The midwest ski resorts
The Midwest States are home to many popular ski resorts around the Great Lakes region. While flatter than the rest of the US, there are still many great ski areas for skiing and snowboarding. But before you start, here are some tips to help you enjoy the sensation as much as you can!
Don’t Learn from a Loved One
This may come as a shock to you, but your wife or husband who is a professional ski instructor should not be the one to teach you how to ski. Learning a new sport will no doubt get you frustrated and scared, and these emotions can often turn into anger and resentment towards the person teaching you. Getting into a fight in the middle of a ski slope is not the best idea, as you might wind up by yourself with no one to help you get down. Trust us, get a lesson from a stranger whom you’re more likely to be nice to if something doesn’t go your way.
Bend Your Knees
The number one lesson is also the most overlooked. Beginners aren’t used to being in a squatting position all day, so a lot of the time they’ll straighten their legs, messing up their form, balance, agility and control. Bending your knees does a number of things. It forces you to shove your shins into the front of the boot, gaining control of your ski. It also centers your upper body above your legs, keeping your balance over your sweet spot. When you bend your knees, you’ll also be more prepared to absorb small jumps and uneven terrain. Having straight legs while skiing is like having straight legs when trying to stand up on a bus—either way you’re going for a ride, but it’s a matter of whether you want to be upright for it or not. Think you’re bending your knees enough already? Bend them some more and see how much better control you have through the bumps or down the steeps.
The following is a list of ski resorts in the Midwest.
Mount Bohemia Ski Resort, Michigan 820 ft 100 - 250 acres
Lutsen Mountains Ski Resort, Minesota 760 ft 250 - 500 acres
Blue Mountain Ski Resort, Ontario 732 ft 250 - 500 acres
Spirit Mountain Ski Area, Wisconsin 700 ft 100 - 250 acres
Granite Peak Ski Area, Wisconsin 700 ft 250 - 500 acres
Paoli Peaks Ski Area, Indiana 300 ft Less than 100 acres