Hot-dog skiing has become a hot weather sport in California. When the midsummer sun blazes?
SV Instructor teaching students to ski movements
SV Students learn to somersault (2 shots)
SV Learning ski movements
SV Instructor ski down slope onto lake
SV PAN Students follow (6 shots)
TRANSCRIPT: COHEN: Skiing has become a hot weather sport in California. Ski camps are springing up where complete beginners can be taught the basic art of the sport, and where the more adventurous can learn in relative safety the acrobatics involved in hot-dog skiing.
They train at summer ski camps like this one, at South Lake Tahoe in California. Basics are taught on a ski-deck--a five-mile-an-hour treadmill that emphasises rhythm and balance. Then it's on to the mini-trampoline and tumbling areas, where students learn body control and work on varying degrees of flips. Freestylers emphasise they differ from hot-dogs because they know their limits and are careful not go beyond them. The instructors then tell their charges to go jump in the lake. There are varying degrees to the success. The school closes in October, when everyone leaves these balmy beaches for shivering sessions on snow-packed slopes--the true home of freestyle skiing. This is dave Cohen.
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Background: 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.