Tips that Make Skiing More Enjoyable for Beginners




A retired surgeon, Terry McEnany, MD, spends his winters in Colorado. Dr. Terry McEnany has been teaching people how to ski for nearly two decades.

These following tips can make your first time on the slopes more enjoyable as a beginner skier.

– Steer clear of powder.

Perfecting technique is important when first learning how to ski. Areas laden with powder create unnecessary challenges during the learning process, and you will likely spend much time getting stuck, rather than practicing. Allow yourself to keep full attention on the basics by selecting groomed terrains to practice on to ensure surface consistency.

Try to use “detachable” chair lifts

These operate on two different- speed cables. One cable carries the lift chairs quickly up the hill,, while the other slows the chair down at the loading zone. The latter is critical for beginners because it gives you more time to situate yourself on a seat when loading and to comfortably exit the chair at the top of the lift. View a resort map to locate this type of lift.

– Look straight ahead.

A common mistake new skiers make is looking at their skis while in motion. Avoid this and keep your sightline at least 10 feet ahead of your skis. Identify obstacles, such as a group of people or a change in the surface, quickly consider how to prevent a collision or fall, and execute your plan.


The Importance of Healthy Eating for Skiers

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Healthy Eating

A former cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon, Terry McEnany, MD, has since retired and taken on a new career as a ski instructor. Dr. Terry McEnany teaches through Ski and Snowboard Schools of Aspen, Colorado, where he helps skiers to navigate the slopes healthfully and skillfully.

Healthy and safe skiing requires not only a firm grasp on technique but also attention to proper nutrition. A skier typically burns between 400 and 750 calories per hour, and this energy needs to be refilled at proper intervals. A healthy meal before the day’s session is essential, as it provides the glycogen that muscles need to perform at high levels.

Lean protein also helps to ensure that the body maintains adequate stores of glycogen, which the muscles can draw from to fuel extended ski sessions. Foods such as sandwiches and cereal with milk, which include both carbohydrates and protein, are strong choices for providing the muscles with short and long-term energy. These foods are particularly helpful for skiers to eat during a lunch break, which is essential for keeping the athlete strong throughout the afternoon.

It is also important for a skier to follow the ski session with a healthy snack or light meal. Carbohydrates and protein support muscle recovery and help the skier to refuel, while fresh fruits and vegetables provide the nutrients necessary for overall healing and wellness.

2016 Heart Valve Summit to Take Place October 20 to October 22

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2016 Heart Valve Summit

A graduate of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Terry McEnany served for over two decades as a thoracic and cardiovascular surgeon. Terry McEnany MD is a member of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS), an affiliation that began in 1976. AATS will host its 2016 Heart Valve Summit in October.

The Heart Valve Summit serves as a forum for internists, nurses, physician assistants, and other cardiology and health professionals to explore a wide range of heart disease topics. Hosted by the AATS in conjunction with the American College for Cardiology, the summit’s background lies in treatments for valvular heart disease and now incorporates a number of interdisciplinary areas. Its 2016 course will focus on interactivity and practical decision-making in the heart disease field, and will engage attendees in discussion and debate regarding real-world cases. Attendees can also participate in breakout sessions and network with exhibitors from throughout the industry.

AATS’ 2016 Heart Valve Summit will take place at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Chicago, Illinois, on October 20 to October 22. For more information about the summit, visit

A Brief Overview of Sigma Xi at Brown

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Sigma Xi at Brown

Before his retirement as a surgeon, Terry McEnany, MD, held membership to more than 20 medical clubs and groups from 1976 to 1994. When Terry McEnany attended Brown University, he also was inducted into Sigma Xi.

Established in 1900, Sigma Xi at Brown University consists of professors, instructors, students, and graduates who strive to advance science and engineering. An individual must show significant achievement or a capacity for research in either field to earn a nomination for membership.

The goals of Sigma Xi at Brown include: providing national research for students; helping students to network and connect with scientists; and expanding the opportunities for research grants. Sigma Xi serves as a support group where participants help guide and encourage each other through their intensive work, as well as provide and share resources to help advance human knowledge.

Nominated faculty or alumni can earn full membership, while associate members are usually junior and senior undergraduates. Graduate students either can be nominated as associate or full members. Each university department may nominate prospective members in February, with an induction ceremony following in May.

Ski Tips that Keep Beginners Safe

Establishing a successful career as a surgeon, Terry McEnany, MD, dedicated 25 years to the field of medicine. In 1998, following tenure with Mayo Clinic Health Services, Dr. Terry McEnany began his second career as a ski instructor in Aspen, Colorado.

Before hitting the slopes, beginner skiers should consider the following to ensure safety and fun.

1. Powder snow is ideal skiing terrain for experienced skiers. However, individuals new to the sport should stay away because the surfaces are uneven and heavy, causing most beginners to get stuck. Inexperienced skiers should practice and perfect ski techniques on groomed trails.

2. For better balance, skiers should keep knees bent. This encourages the body to naturally lean forward over the boots and results in better control. Additionally, a skier will find bent knees aid in navigating through uneven terrain.

3. Ski lifts come in different forms and offer varying levels of leniency when boarding. A beginner should locate a fixed lift on a trail map to try first. A fixed lift alternates chairs between fast and slow belts, allowing more time for new skiers to situate themselves safely before traveling up a hill.

2015 PSIA-AASI Conference Set for October 22-25 at Copper Mountain

For nearly three decades, Terry McEnany, MD, served as a cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon at hospitals throughout Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Ohio, California, and Wisconsin, in addition to holding professorships at institutions such as Brown University, the University of California, and Ohio State University. Now a ski instructor in Aspen, Colorado, Terry McEnany helps students of all ages gain their footing on the slopes, and he is a member of the Professional Ski Instructors of America.

Each year, the Professional Ski Instructors of America and American Association of Snowboard Instructors (PSIA-AASI) provides a forum for ski and snowboard educators to network and collaborate at the annual PSIA-AASI Fall Conference. Drawing organization members, snowsports school representatives, and leading instructors, the event comprises two portions: the Directors’ Seminar and Education Fall Conference. It allows attendees to stay abreast of developments in technical manuals and the PSIA-AASI National Standards, encouraging collaboration and the development of efficient, objective, and consistent best practices.

The 2015 Fall Conference will take place from October 22 to 25 at Copper Mountain, Colorado, and will include both indoor and on-snow sessions. It will mark the third annual iteration of the Directors’ Seminar, which welcomes ski school directors from across the United States to network with industry leaders and work toward improving business practices and educational standards.

Essential Ski Equipment

An MD with long surgical experience, Dr. Terry McEnany transitioned away from a 30-year career in medicine to dedicate time to public service and studying literature in Cambridge, Massachusetts. During the winter, Terry McEnany, MD, resides in Colorado, where he provides ski instruction at The Ski and Snowboard Schools of Aspen.

Proper gear can make the difference between having a good or bad ski experience. Skiers should make sure they have all the essentials for safe skiing. When adjusted by trained ski professionals, bindings reduce the potential for leg injuries during falls by releasing the boots from the skis. A helmet with a fastened chin strap is also important during falls and collisions, and a skier should make sure it is an actual ski helmet and not a helmet designed for other sports in order to have enough space for goggles and ventilation.

Goggles and sunglasses offer eye protection from blinding reflections and environmental hazards like tree branches. Sun block is mandatory because of the high altitudes and reflection of sun from the snow.In addition to keeping the hands and fingers warm, ski gloves make it easier to grip poles while skiing.