Ski trips make for the most memorable, happy and fun Instagram pictures! The snow-covered mountains, clear blue skies and the sun shining bright through it is a scenery to behold - you can only imagine what gliding across it would feel like! As a beginner, here are 5 tips you should follow to make the most of your ski trip.
Incline and Fall
Remember that you are in charge of the two planks beneath your feet. The easiest way to stop (if you haven’t already learned that in your training session) is by bending your knees and turning uphill. That naturally decreases your speed to allow you to either stop or fall down gently. It is the safest way to avoid the possibilities of any injury.
Rely on a Proper Lesson and Not on Advice
We say a big YES to taking professional training before going on an actual trip. You might decide to scroll through Internet or learn from a friend to save money, but it is advisable to invest in proper lessons and learn the correct skiing techniques. A proper instructor will also help you pick the right gear, which is just as important to be able to have a fun ski experience.
Layer Up Well
It is important to dress in layers to stay warm in the snow or against the unpredictability of weather. Follow the three-layer strategy to make sure you pack all the ski essentials. Begin with base layers that keep your core warm and have moisture wicking properties. That includes thermal long underwear and thick woollen socks. The mid-layer is supposed to regulate your body temperature and a fleece or cashmere sweater does exactly that!
Lastly, ensure that your outerwear - the jacket and pants are waterproof and windproof. They should also be breathable and easy to get in and out of. Other clothing essentials include hats, neck warmers, goggles and sunglasses.
Keep your Eyes on the Trail
Instead of paying focus to the two pieces of wood and metal attached to your feet, it is important that you concentrate on where you’re headed. Always look straight in front of you and keep a track on curves, tress and most importantly, the other skiers.
Begin with the Bunny Slopes
Test your basic skills on the slightly angled slopes before moving on to the bigger hills and mountains. Going on too quickly could result in a serious injury and ruin the weekend, or a whole month for that matter. So, first master the bunny slopes and then make your runs on the greater slopes to a much more pleasant experience.
Pack the right layers, carry the essential gears and take lessons from a professional to make the most of it. If you are a beginner, intermediate, or even an expert at skiing, remember that staying safe and careful goes a long way in having a weekend you will remember.