A Beginner's Guide to Skiing

  *This is a collaborative post. I've never gone skiing - heck, I've never even gone iceskating. I always chicken out. But skiing is...


*This is a collaborative post.

I've never gone skiing - heck, I've never even gone iceskating. I always chicken out. But skiing is one of the world's most popular winter sports. There are many different types of skiing to try out with friends, but if you're just getting started, there are a few basics you should know. 

Below are some tips on how to get ready for your first time and what to expect when learning this sport.

Do Your Research and Know What to Expect

There are many online resources available to help you prepare for your first time skiing or snowboarding. First, you'll want to research the different types of equipment you'll need, along with the best clothing to wear on the slopes.

Then, if there are other skis or snowboards available for beginners, make sure you know what each is capable of before purchasing one. You also want to be prepared for the weather and conditions you'll be skiing in.

Don't hesitate to check out reviews and how-to videos too. Never underestimate a good YouTube tutorial. Again, good research will go a long way to ensuring that you'll have the best experience possible.

Rent Your Equipment

To get the best experience possible on your first time skiing, rent equipment fitted to your height. Rental employees will be able to help you find what is best for your particular needs. Additionally, renting ski helmets will provide additional peace of mind when you know your head will be protected in case of a fall. Finally, to maximize your experience, make sure to bring along any necessary safety accessories such as a ski pole or riding glasses.

Dress in Layers

You should always dress in layers. This will help you to regulate your temperature on the slopes. The temperature can vary greatly, depending on whether you are in the sun or shade.

If it's cold out, make sure that you start with a base layer of thermal underwear followed by your ski clothes and outerwear (a waterproof jacket to protect against snow). If it's warmer outside, you may want to consider wearing just one thin liner underneath your ski clothes.

If you plan on going for a bit of apres-ski, then bring some extra clothes with you for the bar and pub environment.

Get in Shape Before the Ski Session

Before getting on skis, try running for 30 minutes multiple times a week to get in shape. This will help you have good leg strength so that you can keep moving all day long, as well as help increase stamina because skiing is a strenuous activity, believe it or not. It would also help to do push-ups or training to increase arm strength as this is used a lot while skiing. Lastly, don't forget to stretch. Stretching is very important before skiing because it will help you ski better and avoid injuries.

Hopefully, this information will be helpful enough so that even if you've never skied before, you can still successfully ski down the mountain and enjoy every minute of it!

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