More than 2,000 ski areas in 57 countries offer fun and excitement to people of all ages from young children to retirees. Whether you've never stood on skis or you're looking to improve your basic skills, you can depend on "Alpine Skiing" to help you hit the slopes. In "Alpine Skiing", Ronald Kipp, alpine sport education manager for the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association, introduces novice skiers to the basics of the sport, assists intermediate skiers in refining skills, and advises experts in specialized situations. He prepares you for your adventure with information on conditioning, selecting equipment, and familiarizing yourself with the skiing environment. Throughout the book Kipp shares consumer, technique, and safety tips collected from his years of experience as both a skier and an instructor. He also provides valuable information on travel and trip planning, including choosing a ski area and accommodation, packing, and flying with your gear. "Alpine Skiing" is part of the "Outdoor Adventures" series, which provides you with the essential information on basic techniques and skills so you can be on your way to an adventure in no time.