Hot-dog skiing has become a hot weather sport in California. When the midsummer sun blazes?
Hot-dog skiing has become a hot weather sport in California. When the midsummer sun blazes down on the resort of Lake Tahoe, with never a snow-flake in sight, a band of all-season ski freaks are out learning the rudumentaries of hot-dogging.
It's a form of skiing that combines that the art of freestyle with acrobatics--mostly somersaulting.
And to ensure that novices master the basic art in relative safety, summer ski camps are springing up using ingenious equipment to help the teachers and students alike.
Basic control is taught on a slow moving, slippery surfaced conveyor belt, with the students clutching bars to learn body movements and balance. That's mainly for the purists--the freestyle skiers.
Hot-doggers get their basic instruction in somersaults on a trampoline. Once they've mastered the art of twisting their bodies through 360 degrees in mid-air, they strap on skis and take to an artificial slops-skimming down a ramp to somersault neatly into the waters of Lake Tahoe below. It gives new meaning to water-skiing.