Questions: to start with and if you get stuck:
-Have you ever skied before?
-What experience do you have with skiing?
-When and if you ski how do you feel about it?
-Have you ever thought about skiing?
-What is anything is holding you back?
Renee, a casual skier
Yes she has skied before. She started in junior high in her P.E class. This also continued in high school. She took a down hill ski course in college for credit with friends. She also goes on ski vacations in Colorado and Canada.
Skiing is a great way to enjoy the winter season. It's fun and good exercise. It's a good way to enjoy nature and challenge yourself.
Renee had a bad experience. She get annoyed by other skiers, i.e 12 year old boys, who ski straight down the hill, out of control. They disregard the rules of the hills.
She has never gotten in an accident, but she has fallen down, crossed her skis, etc, but not seriously injured.
Something that bothers her when skiing is how cold the ski lifts are.
Renee, a casual skier, needs to find a way to stay warm because the chair lifts are cold and the ride is long.
Andrei, expert skier (i.e. skis black diamond slopes and off trail skiing)
Yes he has skied before, he learned how to ski when he was 5 or 6 years old. So he has been skiing for about 16 years.
Andrei likes the rush of skiing. For example, he likes when he is just starting on a hill and it feels like he is in a free fall before the first turn.
He doesn't ski locally because it's just depressing. He mainly skis on the west coast and the rockies.
He's tumbled down the mountain lots of times and has to walk up to collect his things. He's been injured when he has put his hands out to catch himself.
Then there was the avalanche incident. He was skiing off trail and he was almost hit by an avalanche because there were forced avalanches that, but he didn't know that. So Andrei wishes that there was more communication about the hill conditions.
It bugs him that his hands get cold easily.
Andrei, an experienced skier needs to find a way to have better communication on the hill because of previous experiences (avalanche incident).
Sally, not a skier and has only skied cross country once.
Sally has only skied cross country once and she has never downhill skied. She doesn't want to ski down hill because she is not sure if she would do well and get into accidents. Mostly she feels that she will run into trees, people, and ski off a cliff.
Also, having not the proper snow gear, money, and transportation are holding her back.
For cross country skiing. It was pretty straight forward, she fell once, but other than that it went well.
Sally is a skier who has only skied cross country needs a way to down hill ski without running into other people and getting into other accidents.
There is no way for me to observe/ experience yet. Sooo... Research!
Total Number of Snow Sports Participants
Cross Country: 3,307,000
Cross Country: 4,318,000
Cross Country: 4,530,000
Cross Country: 4,157,000
Gender of Skiers and Snowboarders - 2012/13 Season
Gender Alpine Cross Country
Male 60% 60%
Female 40% 40%
Age of Skiers and Snowboarders - 2012/13 Season
6-12 Alpine 12.8% Cross Country 11.5%
13-17 Alpine 11.3% Cross Country 5.7%
18-24 Alpine 15.1% Cross Country 15.4%
25-34 Alpine 21.7% Cross Country 25.6%
35-44 Alpine 20.4% Cross Country 16.5%
45-54 Alpine 14.3% Cross Country 13.4%
55-64 Alpine 4.1% Cross Country 6.6%
65+ Alpine 2.3% Cross Country 5.3%