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This is us, first arrived at the ski resort, ecstatic.
This is Gu Ailing, 17 years old this year. This is her champion performance at the 2020 Lausanne Winter Youth Olympics.
How should we conquer the snow field?
This is a ski resort. Whenever the ski season comes, the ski resort will use such a snow machine to make snow artificially. The principle of snow making is not complicated, and the raw material is water. The snow maker mixes water with compressed air and sprays it into the air together.
Water will be atomized into mist droplets with a diameter of 0.2~0.7mm. The compressed air rapidly expands into cold air, making the mist droplets form ice crystals within 15 seconds, forming artificial snow.
During the ski season, multiple snow guns work at the same time, and soon a mountain bag can be turned into a business trail. Then the snow truck will flatten the snow to create a piste suitable for skiing.
Snow trails are usually divided into junior, middle and advanced ski trails and park terrain areas. As technology grows, you will gradually conquer the entire ski resort.
Although there are snowboards and double boards for skiing, because of the simplicity of entry, most first-time skiers usually choose double boards.
Before putting on a snowboard, you need to put on these snowshoes. Insert the toe of the snowshoe into the front end of the retainer on the snowboard, step on the heel, and hear a “click” to indicate that it has been fixed. In order to prevent injury, the retainer needs to be set to an appropriate detachment value.
When a collision occurs, the force of the snowboard reaches the detachment value, and the snowboard and snowshoes will separate to avoid injury to the ligaments.
In addition to snowboarding and snowshoes, you also need to prepare snow goggles that protect you from the wind and prevent “snow blindness”. There are also waterproof and loose snow suits and so on. Fully equipped, now we are going to conquer the ski field.
But in fact, it is very difficult to walk with a board tied to your feet. You have to give up the usual way of walking, raise your legs high like a duck, and walk outside. Or insert the pole into the snow backwards and push yourself forward.
When you can glide freely on flat ground, you can challenge the beginner road.
The grade of the primary road is usually less than 10 degrees, and there is a “magic carpet” like an elevator on the side. After riding the magic carpet to the top of the slope, no special skills are required. As long as you stand firm, gravity will accelerate you down the slope.
But if you don’t control it, the speed will get faster and faster, and you will run rampant like a “torpedo.” A large number of out-of-control beginners can also make skiing memories full of nightmares.
So, for the health of you and others, please be sure to learn “Bazi Brake”.
When the speed is getting faster and faster, you can lean forward and use the ankle joints and heels of your feet to exert force to make the snowboard in an inner figure, and use the inside of the snowboard to push the snow to slow down. Even if you are skiing for the first time, you can easily master flat skiing and horoscope braking within a few hours.
The next step is to challenge the Intermediate Road. The slope of the intermediate road is usually 10-18 degrees, up to 22 degrees, which is steeper than the primary road. Moreover, you find that the people here almost don’t need to brake, but when turning, the snowboards are parallel to each other, relying on the lower body to swing left and right to change the sliding direction.
This is the “parallel turn.”
To make a parallel turn, you need to reach a certain speed and glide downhill in an S-shape. When entering a curve, the ski master will reduce the pressure of the snowboard, change the direction of the snowboard, and use the outer legs to support most of the body’s weight.
Parallel turns will scoop up the snow on the ground, which not only looks handsome, but can also replace the brakes to control speed. Being able to use parallel turns is a sign of reaching an intermediate level.
Of course, as your level is further improved, you can try a technique called “knife carving” on the intermediate road or the advanced road where the maximum slope exceeds 22 degrees.
The head and tail of the snowboard are wider than the waist. When sliding on the edge, the snowboard is bent by the weight of the body, and the contact surface with the snow becomes an arc. At this time, without deliberately controlling the direction, the snowboard will glide along this arc, which is called carving.
Because there is no snow rubbing, carving will make the glide faster. If the track you glide is always just a thin snow mark, it means that you have become a master of carving. With these skills, and practice harder, you can dominate a ski resort.
Of course, if you don’t want to experience artificial snow, it’s fine. When you come to Alaska, the helicopter will take you to the top of the untouched peak, where there is powder snow that every skier has pursued all his life.
Take a deep breath and jump down. All you need to do is to high-five your teammates before the avalanche.
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