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May 4, 2004 | Mary Forgione
No lift tickets, no lines, no special gear, no snow. Just strap on skis, clamber up a big dune and cut wide, lazy turns. Sand skiing is half as fast as snow skiing but can be just as addictive, says Petr Janata. "If you love to ski powder, being on sand is the next best thing." If the sand is deep but soft, you'll have a very slow ride. If it's wind-blown and compacted or, better yet, a little slick after a rain, "it's so fast you'll need your edges to slow down."
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May 4, 2004 | Mary Forgione
No lift tickets, no lines, no special gear, no snow. Just strap on skis, clamber up a big dune and cut wide, lazy turns. Sand skiing is half as fast as snow skiing but can be just as addictive, says Petr Janata. "If you love to ski powder, being on sand is the next best thing." If the sand is deep but soft, you'll have a very slow ride. If it's wind-blown and compacted or, better yet, a little slick after a rain, "it's so fast you'll need your edges to slow down."
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July 2, 1995 | DAN LEETH
It's ski season at Great Sand Dunes National Monument--sand skiing season. This summer, when the snow-deprived need a downhill fix, the shifting slopes of mountainous sand at the monument, 28 miles northeast of Alamosa in southern Colorado, may satisfy. The monument covers about 39 square miles and crests nearly 700 feet above the grassy plain of the San Luis Valley. Sturdy, cross-country telemark gear is best suited to skiing the sand dunes.
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July 2, 1995 | DAN LEETH
It's ski season at Great Sand Dunes National Monument--sand skiing season. This summer, when the snow-deprived need a downhill fix, the shifting slopes of mountainous sand at the monument, 28 miles northeast of Alamosa in southern Colorado, may satisfy. The monument covers about 39 square miles and crests nearly 700 feet above the grassy plain of the San Luis Valley. Sturdy, cross-country telemark gear is best suited to skiing the sand dunes.
SPORTS
February 25, 2002 | Diane Pucin
Bill Koch earned the only medal ever won by a U.S. athlete in Nordic skiing at the 1976 Winter Games in Innsbruck. A bearded 20-year-old from Vermont, Koch won the silver medal in the 30-kilometer cross-country race, finishing just 28 seconds behind Sergei Savelyev of the Soviet Union. And according to news reports, there was not a single American fan or journalist in attendance. Koch is still rather anonymous--and hard to find. The search for Koch starts with the U.S.
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March 4, 1989 | ANNE Z. COOKE
There's a certain otherworldly (which is not to say New Age) ethos about the kite flier's wish to touch the clouds. "I definitely believe a kite raises your spirits," says Anders Holmquist, owner of Colors of the Wind kite shop in Santa Monica. Gloria Lugo of Let's Fly a Kite shop in Marina del Rey says: "Man has always wanted to fly kites; it's a natural thing that's really meant to be."
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February 14, 1999 | ALIA YUNIS, Alia Yunis is an L.A.-based writer
If language is destiny, then it is no coincidence that the emirate of Dubai is pronounced "do buy." Shopping, particularly for gold, seems to be the No. 1 pastime. "Basically, I have about $150,000 worth of jewelry reserved around town," an American woman told me. As we chatted, she was putting on hold an enormous diamond ring. She probably will never buy it. The shopkeeper knew that.
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