11/01/2004 - Once upon a time, in a town called Casper, Wyoming there were two skiing dentists. One skied downhill. The other skied cross country. One was named Sean Ellis. The other was named Kent Neubert. They were both excellent skiers, and excellent dentists . . .
Both have shared some excellent tips for our readers, many of whom will certainly hit the slopes this season. Some for the first time, some for the hundredth. Whether experienced or novice, it always helps to listen to good, sound advice. First, a little background on Our Town's talented skiing dentists:
In addition to dentistry and skiing, Kent Neubert is a fisherman, watercolor artist, and versatile musician. He is the music minister at First Baptist Church and has been on three mission trips, one to Romania, and two to Mexico performing music and dentistry, but no skiing. He's been a dentist for twenty-one years. He's supported in these endeavours by his wife, Jeanne, and daughter, Abigail (13) .
Sean Ellis, like Neubert, is a fisherman. He hunts and has been on the ski patrol for over thirty years, beginning at age fifteen. His dad was also on the ski patrol. Sean was born and raised here. He attended college "back East" (in Nebraska), but maintained his ski patrol membership. He is a senior test evaluator and ski and toboggan instructor. He has been a dentist for twenty-two years. He's been married to wife Barbara for 24 years and they have a 21 year-old son, Sean Michael.
Here's their advice for a fun and safe ski season:
Kent's Cross Country Tips
1) Keep and use sunscreen on face and lips
2) Layer clothing and make sure you have a warm hat
3) Always let someone know when and where you're skiing
4) Check weather and snow conditions before heading out
5) Keep trail or general map of area on hand
6) If using waxed skis, bring several waxes for changing conditions
7) Keep GPS or compass with you, and know how to use it
8) If skiing off trail, take enough gear and food/water to spend the night
9) Do not ski beyond your level of conditioning
10) Stay hydrated
Sean's Downhill Tips
1) Use modern equipment -- newer technology in ski construction and design reduce the risk of injury
2) People often go to their basement and say, "These old skis from my brother will work," but it's important to have skis that are sized properly, tested, and adjusted for your weight THIS season.
3) Take ski lessons -- it's amazing how much you can learn from just one lesson. Even experienced skiers benefit and can improve technical skills.
4) Remember to purchase a lift ticket so you don't have to walk back up the hill.
5) Maintain your conditioning and flexibility. Downhill skiers most commonly injure their knees while snowboarders are more likely to suffer wrist fractures.
6) Skiers and snowboarders use the hill differently. Make sure to use etiquette -- there's only so much terrain.
7) Follow the Responsibility Code:
* Always stay in control.
* People ahead of you have the right of way.
* Stop in a safe place for you and others.
* Whenever starting downhill or merging, look uphill and yield.
* Use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
* Observe signs and warnings and keep off closed trails.
* Know how to use the lifts safely.
Thanks for sharing these great tips for Our Town's skiers and snowboarders!