Outdoor Reads: Helmets not all they’re cracked up to be? Seeing drought in positive light?

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What did the SNEWS team read that other industry insiders might find interesting? Read on to find out!

  • What was supposed to be a fun day of snowboarding at Keystone turned into a day of mourning the loss of our brand new GoPro Hero3, which fell off its mount after one teensy, weensy fall and hasn’t yet been found. After shedding a tear we accepted the loss of all hope. Then we read this story and we’ve recovered a bit of it. The article relays a story about a GoPro camera that was recovered after two-and-a-half months lost at sea.
  • Speaking of snowboarding, it doesn’t come naturally to all of us — especially the clumsier among us. So this U.S. News story might be helpful. Monica Nelson writes about how she begged for that first snowboard when she was a little girl and after she learned how to link her turns she was hooked. She gives some great tips, such as accepting the fact that falling is part of the process.
  • If you’ve spent any time in New Mexico you know this for sure: Chile — red or green — is the stuff of wonder. It’s delicious. If you’re also an outdoorsy, adventurous person, you probably also enjoy some cross-country skiing or snowshoeing. If you enjoy both, you might want to check out the 41st Chama Chile Ski Classic and Winter Fiesta on Jan. 18-19. Chama is a charming little town, and one of the destinations of the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad, and it’s worth a trip out there.
  • Formula One champion motor racer Michael Schumacher is fighting for his life after the 44-year-old hit his head on a rock while skiing off-piste at a French Alpine resort over the holiday weekend, this story reports. He was wearing a helmet, but doctors said it only partially protected him.
  • That sad news brings us to this information we found in the New York Times that said while helmet use is up, there hasn’t been any reduction in the number of snow-sports-related fatalities or brain injuries in the country. The article reports that helmet usage is up 70 percent, but it also stated that more athletes are taking risks in the backcountry.
  • Let’s get away from the sad news for remainder of this column. Winter doesn’t always mean accidents on the slopes, it also means roughing it in the cold wilderness to make memories. This Telegraph story tells of all the joys that cancel out being wet, cold and uncomfortable on winter camping excursions.
  • Some of those excursions could include a night or two in a yurt that’s only accessible via snowshoe. Perhaps some of your customers have never snowshoed before and need some pointers. Take a cue from some of the folks featured in this story who offer introductory classes and workshops.
  • Yoga isn’t a superhero among activities like some might think. Sure, it relaxes you. Sure, it makes you flexible. But it doesn’t cure all that ails you, this story said. The article outlines all that yoga does — including improving sleep, quality of life and anxiety; and all that it doesn’t do — curing asthma and arthritis.
  • There was an article floating around on the Internet about stars and celebrities who have lost their lives in skiing accidents. This counter story, which is a round-up of classic shots of celebrities on the slopes — is more our speed. Shots include on of the ever-so-handsome Robert Redford and Gene Hackman, and one of Rita Hayworth.
  • Droughts are never really good news, but this story proves you can find positive in the drought currently plaguing the Bay Area. The story said because of the dry, warmer conditions, people can enjoy mountain biking, fishing and bagging peaks during the winter months.

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