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Ben Seibert& Kash Merrit, News

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It’s that time of year again, winter. That means winter sports and activities. Skiing, Snowboarding, Snowmobiling, Ice skating,  and Ice fishing are just a few. Students are ready for them and so is the community.

 

DOWNHILL SKIING-   Skiing, a favorite sport for students throughout the school. There are eight main ski resorts in the state of Wyoming. They are: Grand Targhee Resort, Hogadon Basin, Jackson Hole, Meadowlark Ski Lodge, Sleeping Giant Ski Resort, Snowy Range Ski and Recreation Area, and White Pine Ski Area. The City of Cody owns the resort Sleeping Giant, which opened on the 14th of December. Down hill skiing began in the 1850s when a Norwegian named Sondre Norheim popularized skis with curved sides with stiff heel bands made of willow.

 

SNOWBOARDING- Snowboarding is one of the most popular snow sports out there. The adrenaline of flying down the hill on a board.

Snowboarding began in 1965 when Sherman Poppen, an engineer in Muskegon, Michigan, invented a toy for his daughters by fastening two skis together and attaching a rope to one end so he would have some control as they stood on the board and glided downhill. The average speed of a snowboarder is 25 to 35 miles per hour.   Then there’s Australian Darren Powell who recorded a top speed of 126.4 miles per hour  

SNOWMOBILES-  If you snowmobile in Laramie you have over 200 miles of groomed trails and 120 miles of marked ungroomed trails, the area around Laramie offers a variety of snowmobile terrain. There are way  more than 8 trails you can do in Wyoming. Our mountains allow snowmobiles and there is a lot of trails.

 

ICE SKATING – A brief history of ice skating: it was invented by the Dutch in the 13th or 14th century.  Then it finally spread across America during the  winters. Meanwhile, in Europe, ice skates began to be a big hit for the public.   There are multiple ice skating rinks all around Wyoming. In Cody WY at the Riley Arena there is a indoor ice skating rink.  The Riley Arena is located at 1400 Heart Mountain St, Cody, WY. It takes five dollar for to get in and two dollar for renting ice skates.   

 

Cross Country Skiing –   Cross country skiing started in 1901.  A race can be long as 9 miles for men and 6 miles for women.  While men is 15 km it takes 38-40 minutes to complete, while the women’s is 10 km and lasts around 28-30 minutes.  At Sleeping Giant they have Rentals and they give lessons. They have lot of trails for cross country skiing for all kinds of people. For trail for backcountry for the pro or for the people that are really good. Or the trail for the beginners that are learning the sport.   Bighorn National Forest near Sheridan has 15 miles of groomed trails and a warming hut. There are three miles of packed trails at Cutler Ski Trails, which they allows dogs.

Ice Fishing –  The ice has taken over and it’s time for ice fishing. It may sound boring, but it’s not. Here’s the thing though, you have to be careful because different parts of the ice can be thinner than the part your fishing on. Like most other types of fishing, ice fishing invention was rooted not in sport, but in survival. Ice fishing was created out of necessity when hunters and anglers needed access to food during the long, cold winter months. Native American tribes in the Midwest such as the Ojibwa Indians first chipped away at the ice with tools and then used hand-carved wooden decoys and spears to hunt for fish. If you’re waiting for the ice to freeze over there are about 6 inches on upper sunshine in Meeteetse.