Things to Know When You are New to Skiing
Chris shares his passion for cycling, hiking, skiing, and climbing from Buxton, in the Peak District. As a blogger for Outdoor Look, Chris shares outdoor tips and indoor tricks to help you get the most out of your time spent outside. When he's not out adventuring he's making videos or trying to keep up with his 4-year-old son.
Skiing is not an easy sport to learn, and requires a lot of commitment, time and hard work. Your effort is what matters when you are just about to learn to ski. With new things to learn all the time, even seasoned skiers have to adapt and improvise along the way. However, the pay-off is worth the effort.
As a newbie, here are a few things to know when you are new to skiing:
Gather all the right equipment
If you are new and do not know where to start, borrow the equipment from a friend. The equipment and accessories including helmet, ski clothes, ski boots, goggles, etc. are expensive. You can start with ski clothes, helmet, goggles and ski boots before buying the skis. You can also research upon various choices that are readily available online.
There are many shops which can help you find the perfect size and fit that you require. You will need good quality gloves to keep your hands warm during the session. It is also important to note that you should never ski without a helmet.
Not to forget, the ski socks are an important element among the lot. Make sure you find the appropriate size, to have a secured fit while skiing. Else, the boots would be too loose or too tight for you.
Get professional lessons
If you want to learn it the proper way, it is always a good idea to learn it from a professional. You can also choose to have some sessions on the dry slope before you carry on with snow skiing. You will learn a lot more of the basics with a professional, who will correct you whenever you go wrong, and help you with the posture and method.
There are various ski resorts that offer classes. Check your timings and learn from a professional.
Focus on muscle strength
It is important to use every muscle in your body while skiing, including your core. In order to achieve that focus on strengthening your muscles, including your glutes, quads, adductors, and hamstrings. Building your leg strength allows you to get a grip of the slope easily, as well as keeps you balanced.
It is not as easy as it looks on screen. Exercise on a regular basis to keep you fit and healthy. It helps enjoy the process when you are able to have control over your body with your strength and ability.
The longer you would be able to ski, the more you would be able to learn.
Patience is the key
Never forget to be patient! It helps while you are building your muscles and getting stronger everyday. It might not be possible for you to learn everything in a day. But, you should be able to enjoy the process. It helps build confidence and allows you to see the result at the end.
You might fall pretty regularly at first, but if you are patient and listen to your instructor, you could learn from your mistakes and improve pretty quickly.
Put on sunscreen
Pack a good-quality sunscreen, at least a 30 to 50 factor so that you protect your skin from harsh weather. The sunlight reflects off the bright snow, which might burn your skin if you do not have sun protection.
You should also protect your lips and apply a balm which has UVA and UVB protection. Wear your goggles to protect the eyes from burning and the chilly winter air.
Want to learn skiing?
The next time you plan on learning how to ski, do more research, which would save you a lot of hassle. Enjoy the sport and have fun while skiing.
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