Skiing may be scarce in the northern hemisphere right now, but there are plenty of options for staying tuned up. My latest pursuit is slacklines. I am no pro in pursuit of heart dropping highline antics, but I was keen to get good enought to actually walk a decent line. I have set up a few lines with one-inch webbing, but have never been terribly succesful. I recently got a "packaged" slackline kit from Gibbon Slacklines and have had a lot of fun with it.
What's a packaged kit? In this case, it is essentially a 50-foot tow strap with a mechanical tightening system that makes setting up the line a piece-of-cake, and makes getting and keeping the line tensioned super easy.In addition, the Gibbon line is two-inches wide versus the standard one-inch width of basic climbing webbing. The added width makes for an awesome trainer line.
I have gone from struggling to walk a line to being able to jump on and spin around with the Gibbon line. The balance required is akin to skiing fast pow through tight trees - moving from balance to recovery mode as you walk the line . . . check it out. The Gibbon Site has some great video on it.