Funcarving is extreme fun on carving skis, which have been specifically shaped in order to enable skiers to bend and carve tight arcs while at the same time keeping their balance and controlling pressure. In funcarving there is no technical rule, no stylistic feature: the only thing you need to keep is your balance! Therefore it would be better to talk about “freecarving”, as the lack of rules gives way to the most fanciful interpretations of this sport. Obviously, there is a body of rules a skier must always live by, i.e. those of safety. Every funcarver has to be careful not to jeopardise his/her safety or that of others on the ski runs.
Funcarving is successful because of its absence of codified rules, but of course there are a few laws of nature that cannot be overlooked. For example, the loads are great when the ski bends very much and carves a tight arc: this requires a lot of strength and training. Another important thing to remember is that the position of the skier’s body also depends on the speed.
A real carver certainly needs very good physical condition, especially as far as legs, dorsal area and arms are concerned.
The "ciaspole" or snowshoes are a particular tool that allows to move easily on foot on the snow.
In the past all hunters and peasants had to walk hardly in the snowy landscape with their snowshoes that prevented them from sinking in the blanket of snow. They were constituted of a circle of wood and strips of leather tied between each other. A not too tightened strap tied the shoes to this device. During the years various other means were introduced in order to be able to move also in winter, and snowshoes were forgotten, but in the latest years an opposite trend can be seen: excursions on the snow have become up to date again. Snowshoes seem particularly fit for not too steep slopes. Moreover it is possible to go across snowfields without problems also in the late winter. Also the base material has been improved: the old circles of wood and leather have become snowshoes, produced with light materials, particularly fit to human movements. Now, thanks to anti-tear materials, titanium alloys and other innovations, progresses have been remarkable.
For the simple paths, suitable to all ages, it isn't necessary to have a particular preparation or specific training. For the other ways, such as summer trekking, a minimum workout is required. It is necessary, in both cases, to pay attention to where you put your feet.
To wear the "ciaspole", walking boots or trekking shoes are ideal; moreover, you should use an adequate snow-wear and the poles, in order to walk better.
How to wear snowshoes.
First of all the "ciaspole" differ between right and left according to the closing buckle that must always be outward. The boot must be worn in such a way that the foot tip is above the ferrule, then it must be fixed by pulling the anterior strap. The boot heel must always be situated at the centre of the snowshoe and then fixed with the posterior straps.
Thanks to the imagination of sportsmen and the magic of snow, winter sports in the mountain valleys become play, adventure and desire to approach the mountain in a natural and spontaneous way.
The fun of slippering with the toboggan has been discovered again, new frontiers has been opened to cycling, and new scenery for air-gliding, and you feel happy when you have so generous adventure mates as horses and dogs.
If downhill and cross-country are not enough, in all the winter sport resorts athletic alternatives and eccentricities on the snow are any year enriched with new ideas.
Ice-polo is practised on the equipped frozen surface of a lake. To play it is fundamental to be an excellent riding instructor, since you have to hold the reins with one hand only, following the so called "maremmana" way. In Italy the only Polo-on-the-ice club is in Cortina D'Ampezzo, where tournaments and matches are organised on Misurina Lake.
Recently Skikiöring is spreading; this is a typical North European sport. It consists in being dragged by a horse on plane grounds, while wearing your skis. So the skier stays still while the horse trots, just as if it were water-skiing.
Very often, in mountain centres you can hire horse dragged sledges and leaves towards enchanting night excursions among the woods. In this activity the horses are the true “sportsmen”.