Learning to ski

Snow stops falling and the mountains are covered in deep snow. The sky becomes clearer and bluer. The sun begins to shower its rays on the mountain houses. This is the perfect time to gather your things and go on a ski trip.

Just so you know, skiing is dangerous. It is possible that you may hurt yourself. You will feel pain and aches, but you will also take pleasure in it. Although it is considered risky, it makes one hell of an experience. It’s no wonder that most people want to try it, and once they do they stick with it for years to come. Many people ask about whether you need to be particular coordinate or fit to do the sport, while it may be advantageous, it’s not a necessity. If you are a first timer, here are some tips on learning how to ski.

Gear up – borrow or rent some garments from your friends and families. It is not practical to buy the latest stuff if you are not certain you are going to like the experience. Rent some comfortable skis in available stores. It needs to be 20 to 30 centimeters shorter than your actual height. A shorter ski helps you move easily, think of the skis as a boat sailing through the snow. It’s easier to steer a smaller one. Boots are also important to keep your feet on your skis, don’t worry your ski rental shop will know exactly what you need. Now that you have what you need, get ready to be thrilled.

With the friendly help of your new best friend, gravity, you will travel down the slope with ease. It is also the same force that will send you sliding down the slope on your backside, so be careful.  Knowing how to stop and steer is important, in fact it’s all about control. There isn’t any point in being fast if you can’t stop. Another thing you must know is how to balance, knowing when to lean back, forward and to the left and right. It sounds easy, but sadly it isn’t. Position yourself in a comfortable stance to reach maximum equilibrium and control.. Once you have mastered this you can start learning the basics.

First, know that your skis are fastened on your feet. So whichever foot you will move the ski clamped on it will also follow.  If you want to go right, just turn your feet right, and vice versa. The way you stand on your skis is crucial. It reduces your tendency to fall. Position your feet a shoulder width away from each other. Bend your knees slightly and point your toes inward. This position will give you a stable stance even when you move. Hopefully you are now successfully ploughing down the slope.

Another tip on learning how to ski is to control your speed. If you do not know how to manage your pace, you will hurt yourself. You must know how to stop when this happens. To slow down turn your toes slightly inward, but remember to leave a small space to avoid your skis from smashing together. Also remember to keep an eye out for other skiers and snowboards who may be close to you. If you wish to stop, turn your skis to face across the hill. This will resist gravity which will enable you to halt.
One useful tip on learning how to ski that should keep in mind where you want to go, if you keep on gazing down at the snow that is where you will end up so, keep your chin up. Another important tip is to get a winter insurance. With adventure sports like skiing, having an insurance that has winter sports coverage is necessary. This is especially valid if you are a beginner or some advanced skier trying some more taxing things like tricks or off piste skiing.

Not taking risks is what makes most people miserable. Skiing is definitely a risk, but being properly trained and prepared can help alleviate most of the risk. Learning how to ski gives you a taste of what they call life, and living on the edge. Most insurance agencies list it as an extreme sport. It lets you experience an unreachable kind of satisfaction that indoor sports will not be able to give. That is unless you are skiing indoors !

2 thoughts on “Learning to ski

  1. That’s a fair point Stephen. The advantage for skiing is that you can master the basic pretty quickly and be skiing (on an easy red) by the the end of the week. Where as for snowboarders it tends to take a good bit longer to get the basics down like turning , getting up and stopping, and I doubt you would be able to do a red slope (properly) in the first week.

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