An Expert Guide to Skiing for Beginners

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skiYou definitely must prepare yourself before hitting the slopes if this is your first time to ski. Skiing isn’t easy at first, and it could even cause injuries. If you’re planning to go on a trip to the snowy mountains soon, keep these things in mind:

Practice Before You Go

Practice basic ski moves like standing, balancing, and stopping. You can take a beginner’s lesson at a learning center days before or take it on the same day before you actually hit the slopes on your own. Watching video tutorials for beginners will also help.

Clothing

It’s best for beginners to wear comfortable casual ski clothing, notes pedigreeskishop.com. Wear clothes in layers instead of wearing just a piece of thick clothing. For the top and bottom, you should wear clothes that are warm and breathable, and don’t absorb moisture too much.

Boots for beginners should have soft to medium flexibility, have plastic shells (waterproofing), and have heel pads and rubber toe. The socks to pair should be made of polyester, spandex, nylon, or Merino wool.

Equipment

Most ski experts suggest that first-timers rent instead of buying their own equipment. Skis come in different types and sizes, and there’s an appropriate ski to use for a particular skill set. Remember also to follow the instructions on how to properly lock the skis to your boots as well as how to correctly handle the poles.

Other Things to Remember

  • Apply sunscreen before you ski and reapply every 30 minutes.
  • Wear protective gear like helmet, knee pads, and goggles.
  • Warm up before you start skiing and warm down before you leave.
  • Drink plenty of water to keep you hydrated.

Skiing is fun only when you’re prepared for it. Not using the right equipment, clothing, and safety gear as well as not knowing the basics of skiing can ruin your day in the mountains.