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Skiing Tips for Beginners

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Either you tried it for the first time and loved it, or you blindly agreed to go on a skiing holiday with your friends and don’t know where to start. It doesn’t matter why you need skiing tips, we’ll get you and your skis pointing in the right direction!

 

Tips on Getting Started


Book a Skiing Lesson

The best way to get started is to take an introductory lesson to skiing. These can be taken on indoor and dry slopes - if you can’t find anywhere close to you, you can always consider taking a lesson on the first day of your skiing trip. Lessons are absolutely invaluable; much better to learn from the professionals instead of friends who could teach you their own bad habits!


Watch Lots of Youtube Tutorials

Thanks to the internet, there are a wealth of videos online which explain the ins and outs of skiing as a beginner. Learning tips and handy tricks from a pro or an instructor for free is a great resource which will set you up for the slopes. 


Train Your Body

Skiing is a sport that requires a decent level of fitness. So the best advice is to start working on your core and leg strength before you go. There is lots of free information out there about getting fit for skiing; focusing on specific exercises which will make skiing a breeze on your muscles.

 

How to Properly Put Your Gear On


Ski Helmet

Make sure that when you’re putting on your ski helmet that you do it the right way. This means adjusting your chin strap so it fits - not too tight and not loose. You need to be confident that it’s not going to fall off if you happen to topple over on the slopes. When wearing ski goggles, pay attention to whether they have a snap-back strap, if they do, they can be worn underneath your helmet. However, most helmets are designed for ski goggles to be worn over the top of them.


Ski Socks

As a beginner, it is easy to assume that the snow is going to be super cold - this then leads to you doubling up on socks without realising the big mistake you’re making. If you wear more than one layer of sock, you risk your feet overheating and sweating. When this happens it is easy for your feet to blister, and you’ll experience colder feet as the moisture in your socks starts to freeze. Definitely spend some quality time looking at different ski socks and find a good quality pair that will stay up, and support your feet instead of causing you problems!


Ski Boots

It’s difficult to get ski boots right the first time trying, you don’t know how they’re supposed to feel and can’t really make a good judgement about them. Ski boots should be tight around your shin, but not crushing your leg. The bottom of your boot doesn’t need to be as tight - the main purpose of the buckles on the foot is to make sure that your boot keeps the snow out; so fasten them so they are comfortable but not suffocating your feet. 


Skis

Place your skis parallel across a flat part of the slope, press the back lever of your bindings down. Now, make sure that you have no snow on your boots (this jams the binding). Then place your toe at the top of the inside of your binding and shift your body weight onto your heel, the back lever will then snap up and your ski boot with become secure in your skis.



First Things to Practice


Learning How to Stop

This is incredibly important to master first. Once you can stop and start safely on your skis, you won’t be a danger to yourself or anyone else on the slopes. Don’t even think about attempting any busy or hard runs until after you’ve got this skill securely under your belt.


Don’t Go Too Fast

We’ve all got the urge to just go fast and see what happens, but when you haven’t learned good control over your skis, make sure you’re going at a reasonable pace that you feel comfortable with. Take it easy and build up your speed over time.


Slowly Progress to Parallel

All beginners come to the realisation that the more you ski in a snow plow, your body will naturally position your feet in a more parallel stance. When you feel your feet wanting to progress to parallel, learn this step - don’t attempt it before you have full control of your skis.


Warm Down Techniques

It’s equally important to warm down as it is to warm up. During skiing, your body is using a lot of different muscles; so without warming down properly you can risk getting sore limbs. These sore muscles will play havoc with your ability to enjoy the following ski days. 



When You Fall


Know How to Fall Safely

With skiing, the key to keeping your injuries to a minimum is to spread out the impact area. Avoid landing on singular limbs - landing on a larger surface area will disperse the impact and will absorb more of your fall. 


Know How to Get Back Up

When you’ve fallen, you will need to position your skis parallel across the slope (not downhill). Next, dig your poles in behind you to counter your balance as you push up into the standing position. From here it is easy to ski off into a new turn with relative ease. 


Know How to Get Skis Back On

Losing a ski in the powder can be a nightmare for beginners. The trick is to put on your downhill ski first, and once this is on it is much easier to stand into your uphill ski. Remember to kick off any excess snow from your ski boot, and you won’t have any difficulties getting your bindings on. 


Hopefully these tips will help you get prepared for what’s sure to be your new favourite winter mountain sport.

 

 

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