Skiing: The Beginners Guide

by Mwbnews | Wednesday, Jun 29, 2016 | 435 views

Skiing in ColoradoWhen winter comes and the snow starts to fall, another adventure unfolds. There are many snow related sports activities to be enjoyed anywhere around the country, one of them is skiing. Many have been captivated by this activity for it seems to be so effortlessly done yet so complex to achieve and master.

Skiing Basics

True to learning any sport, the very essential aspect you should always remember is patience – there are no shortcuts to genuine learning. Second most important advice to keep is to not learn from a loved one. Emotions can easily get in between you that could spark up a fight. Fighting is the least thing you want to do in the middle of a slope.

Choosing the right resort that offers a holistic approach to both a perfect getaway and complete learning experience is key. For beginners, having a long plank attached to your feet might be awkward. Nonetheless, don’t attempt to look down on your tips. The principle of walking or driving applies here. It’s risky to not see what’s ahead of you. Skiing is a sport of balance and knee strength. Whenever you feel the boot pushing you, you might be tempted to lean forward. Remember to keep the balance in your legs and your shoulders on both sides. Bending the knee also promotes good balance.

When you’re all set, pick the right terrain and get the skis sliding! Don’t be afraid to fall, it’s part of the learning process.

Equipment

Preparation is key to any adventure. And skiing involves a much more complicated list of things to bring than the usual. Starting with the ski gear, you should prepare the following: Ski boots, skis in the ski bag, poles, helmet, water bottle and multitool for repairs or adjustments. If this seems to be too much for you, ski shops are always available. Especially in places like Vail when they have been catering skiing for more than 50 years already.

Equipment for skiing does not limit to the gear, it also includes correct outfit. Common sense would suggest wearing something that keeps you warm and dry. But, avoid wearing cotton as an undergarment like jeans, sweatshirts, sweatpants, etc. It absorbs sweat and snow making you cold. Accordingly, don’t wear cotton socks. Instead, wear a single pair of thin acrylic socks. Don’t be afraid of the cold, ski boots intend to be warm.

Lastly, follow the 3 layer rule. First, the wicking layer, usually garments made of polyester that keeps the moisture away. Second, the insulating layer, this can be your sweatshirts and pullovers, that keeps the warm in and the cold out. Third, the protection layer, basically winter shells that protects you from water, sleet or rain and block the wind while allowing evaporation of the sweat at the same time.

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