You’ve finally decided to learn how to ski and you couldn’t be more excited about it. All your friends and loved ones tell you that nothing can be more pleasurable. They say it is easy and fun and you finally decide to join them in a race down the slopes. You already imagine yourself gracefully and effortlessly sliding down the slopes. HOLD on a second. Come back to reality and know what to prepare for.
Skiing can be learned at any age. It can be enjoyed during family vacations in some of the most beautiful places on Earth, but first lessons can always get a bit tricky.
With ski season already here, all you need to know is how to get started and get your skis on.
Here is a top of our best ski tips for beginners, for you to make the most of your winter vacation
1. Don’t be scared to fall
Perhaps one of the most helpful tips of them all. Some people (mostly their egoes) think falling is something to be ashamed of. As a beginner the learning process should be relaxed and fun. If you feel like you are going to fast or the skis are getting out of control the best safety precaution is to fall and not get hurt. Try falling on your side rather than forwards or backwards, to avoid any serious injuries. Then, of course get back up and start all over again.
2. Rely on your balance
Wearing the ski boots for the first time might feel rigid and uncomfortable. Get used to wearing them without trying to ski just yet and balance your weight between the heel and the arch of the foot. This way you will get familiarized with how much freedom of movement you have. Lean forward into the boots for a better control over the skis and bend the knees to increase balance. You are in complete control of your skis and by knowing how to use your balance and body weight you will soon become an expert.
3. Don’t look down
True, those skis and boots attached to your feet look like they are straight out of some sci- fi scenario and for your own survival you just want to make sure they don’t cross and make you fall. If you are paying attention to your ski tip then most definitely you are not seeing what is going on downhill and that can be very dangerous. Keep your eyes so that you can see in front of you so you can avoid any obstacles that might come in your way.
4. Learn how to slow down and stop
Being able to control your speed can save lives and most definitely limbs.
The “gliding wedge” or snowplow is the technique every ski beginner should learn first. It is the V shaped position that is formed by the tips of the skis that gives you a better control over your speed.
5. Pick the right ski slope
As a beginner you should not go straight for the black diamond runs, no matter how brave you are. Don’t let your ego rule you and follow your friends on the more advanced terrains just because you want to impress them. Choose the beginner slopes at first that are not as steep and dangerous and make the learning process more fun. Check out if your resort has a poma or a magic carpet so that you can work your way up to a chairlift.
6. Wear the right gear
Please do not wear jeans. When you decide to learn how to ski you must know that this sport involves snow. It also involves cold weather and sometimes even wind storms. You can either buy your own equipment or rent it depending on just how serious you are about learning how to ski. You will probably fall a lot so make sure to get a proper pair of ski pants and warm jacket and also a helmet to avoid injuries. Goggles and ski masks are optionals but will be a great help when it comes to cold weather and snowblindness.
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