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.
Blood Flow Monitoring
Based in the Boston area, Terry McEnany, MD, completed advanced training at Massachusetts General Hospital. Terry McEnany, MD, is experienced in diverse aspects of cardiovascular and thoracic surgery, and stays informed of latest developments in his field.
In early 2016, University of Waterloo, Canada researchers announced the creation of a portable, noninvasive device designed to provide real-time monitoring of blood flow throughout the entire body. The touchless device employs a coded hemodynamic imaging approach to measuring blood flow at several arterial points.
Traditional blood-flow measurement approaches rely on blood-pulse readings at single points in the body. Whole-body imaging, coupled with continuous data collection, offers a much better picture of what is occurring throughout the body. The new photoplethysmographic imaging (PPGI) approach does not involve skin contact, as sensors use ambient and active light fluctuations as a way of measuring changes in local blood volume. The PPGI system has several potential uses, and may be particularly suited to monitoring neonatal intensive care infants and patients with severe burns and extremely contagious diseases.
Hartford Ski Spectacular
An instructor at Aspen Skiing Company, Terry McEnany, MD, helps skiers learn to navigate the slopes. As a member of the Professional Ski Instructors of America-American Association of Snowboard Instructors (PSIA-AASI), Dr. Terry McEnany is recognized as an expert in skiing.
PSIA-AASI, a nonprofit association dedicated to the education and oversight of reputable skiing and snowboarding instructors, develops certification standards as well as complementary educational materials for the benefit of its members. Additionally, the PSIA-AASI hosts the National Adaptive Academy, which enables instructors to earn continuing education credits while taking part in an educational event.
One such event, the Hartford Ski Spectacular, focuses on helping people with disabilities return to skiing while allowing instructors to learn methods for teaching them. Hosted by Disabled Sports USA, the annual event is held in conjunction with the PSIA-AASI National Adaptive Academy and offers clinics in adaptive teaching methods. This year it will run from November 30 to December 6 in Breckenridge, Colorado.
Code of Conduct Skiing
An alumnus of Johns Hopkins University, Terry McEnany, MD, dedicated 25 years to medicine, during which time he specialized in cardiovascular diseases and thoracic surgery. Terry McEnany, MD, now spend his time on his second profession as a ski instructor in Aspen, Colorado.
No matter the level of experience, all skiers must follow the code of conduct to maintain personal safety and the well-being of others. The code outlines proper practices when using the mountain. Accessible around all ski resorts, the rules also often are printed on the back of lift tickets, depending on the venue.
Rules cover ski control, merging, and right of way. For example, a skier always gives a person downhill the right of way. He or she should yield to the downhill skier and make every effort to veer off to a pathway that will ensure the other person’s safety. Additionally, they must stop in locations that are visible and not obstructive to a trail.
Holding an MD from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Dr. Terry McEnany dedicated more than three decades to cardiovascular medicine and surgery. Now retired, Dr. Terry McEnany is enjoying a second career as a ski instructor in Aspen, Colorado.
In powder snow, the following tips can make skiing easier.
1. Use the legs and feet for turns. Powder creates more resistance, and therefore, skiers find it more difficult to complete turns. While the initial reaction is to turn the upper body first, you must avoid this and, instead, lead with the legs and feet. This keeps your body and movement steady.
2. Ski as close to the fall line as possible/comfortable. More air in the snow means it takes more time for surfaces to get compacted. Until snow is compacted enough to glide across, you should not make large turns.
3. Try skiing to a rhythm. Skiing to a song helps you plan out the timing of turns. You should find a musical track that not only relaxes you but has a beat that encourages you to make symmetrical turns and turn shapes.