Monday, December 18, 2006

Catching some air

Guess what? A terrain park for boarders and skiers is so yesterday. What's new? An Airboard terrain park. That's what is drawing Airboard or "snow rocket" fans to Canaan Valley, W.Va., the first resort in the country with a park designed for the inflatable sleds.

Fans of Airboards say they are easier to maneuver than snow tubes, and they travel faster and allow more steering. You ride an Airboard lying facedown, gripping the handles and flying headfirst downhill. Plastic rails on the bottom of the board help you steer. To stop, you push your weight off and spin 90 degrees (like a skate in a hockey stop).

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