National Geographic : 1972 Nov
A LITTLE BIT OF PURPLE I TO A lot of people will give you this thing about the courage of the first man who ate an oyster. We would respectfully suggest that he had nothing on the first guy who strapped himself to a pair of oak staves and headed for the nearest mountain. Whoever he was and wherever he roamed, anyone who's learned that same old way will tell you that if the first skier had nothing else, he had guts. In fact, until quite recently, guts was the most important single ingredient in learning to ski. A dramatic development. Over the last 10 years, a new method of ski instruction has been developed and perfected at Killington. We call it the Accelerated Ski Method"' (formerly known as GLM). If you have even a shred of desire, plus enough co ordination to pick up this magazine, you can learn to ski the Accelerated way. Guts is no longer the pivotal require ment. A great idea. Instead of strapping you onto a pair of 6 or 7 foot skis and sending you onto the hill, the Accelerated Ski Method works you up to full-size gradually. Your first lesson is on 39 inch instruc tion skis. If you can walk you can get around on these. Once you've mastered the rhythm and gained confidence you move up to 60 inch, mid-length, training skis. When you have them conquered, you move on to skis which are standard for your weight and height. Instead of struggling for days with "herringbones" and "sidestepping" you will be skiing, unassisted, in your very first hour. You will amaze yourself. SSome fabulous plans. .Learning to ski is not impossible, iIt'salsonot as expensive as i fw=. JTJjid PROSE ABOUT LEARNING SKI. At Killington we've put together amazingly inexpensive learn-to-ski vacations, which include everything but your "long-johns." The latest fiber glass skis, mounted with the most ad vanced release bindings. Top quality boots and poles. Hundreds of dollars worth of better equipment than most beginners buy for themselves. All this, plus lifts, plus lessons, costs $40 for a 2-day introductory weekend. For 5 days mid-week, we throw in a few extras and charge $70. If you can swing 7 days, the price is just $95. Don't expect any miracles with the weekend plan unless you can put to gether three or four weekends back-to back. But if, at the end of a 5-day mid week vacation, you're not a reasonably proficient skier, then you are very probably unteachable. Some terrific skiing. Once you learn, you'll find that Kill ington won't bore you. There are four mountains to ski. Among the more than four dozen trails, you'll find the longest one east of the Rocky Mts. Of our eleven lifts, one, the new Kill ington gondola, is the longest ski lift in the world! And, as you might expect, there are a great many places to rest, your bones and pick up your spirits when the lifts have closed. -------------------------- I Foster (he's our marketing director) Chandler will send you the facts.* IFoster Chandler 435 Killington Road IKillington, Vermont 05751 If we know old Foster, he'll abso lutely bombard you with brochures, pamphlets and all that. I,,---------------------- I - ------- ~-~------- KILLINGTON, Vt. World's capital of learning to ski. *Your Travel Agent can also help arrange a Killington Ski Vacation. See him and ask about tours IT-Learn to Ski-7 and IT-Ski Killington-7 .