Ski simulators, despite the fact that no matter how advanced they are, can't compare to the real activity and its inherent sensations. However, since in many places in the world, you can't ski all year long, but just a couple of months or so, as the snow only lasts this long, a ski simulator can be more than welcome, allowing you to stay in shape and practice your moves.
One of the latest devices of this type is the SKIGYM from Pro Idee, an ideal gadget for every ski lover, be them amateurs or professionals. Built in Germany, in cooperation with instructors, sports scientists and therapists, this ski simulator is a sophisticated training device.
The ski simulator features 32 racetracks and slopes in the most famous ski resorts in the world. Professionals master slopes in career mode, beginners start in practice mode. The ski simulator vibrates, rotates, tilts - exactly like a real ski descent. It comes loaded with “Alpine Ski Racing 2007” software to train you without a computer professional ski and fitness trainer. A microchip transmits your movements on the screen simultaneously to help you track your performance.
All you have to do in order to start skiing is connect it to a PC or laptop via its USB cable and launch the software. Afterwards, it's just you and the virtual slopes. Not only will this device give you the adrenaline rush you usually experience on real slopes, but it will also help you improve your posture and coordination so that the new season catches you fully prepared.
Safe to handle and space-saving, the SKIGYM ski simulator retails for almost 2,300 US dollars, a price probably steeper than even the virtual slopes featured in the software. Although that might not seem absurd to true ski lovers, to the beginners, who may think this is a more convenient alternative to a ski instructor, this ski simulator might pass as an unnecessary whim.
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