10 Tips for First-Time Skiers

10 Tips for First-Time Skiers

Skiing is a thrilling activity and quite possibly a scary one for first-timers. If you’re thinking about venturing to the slopes for the first time sometime soon, there’s no sign saying you have to stay on the bunny hill, but it’s certainly recommended to start out there. Skiing is an exciting outdoor winter activity, and everyone should try it at least once–here are some tips that first-timers should know:

1. Try not to borrow skis or snowboards from a friend–this kind of equipment is usually designed specifically for that person (such as their height and weight) so it may not fit to your requirements as much. Also, don’t skimp on the necessary equipment. Though add-ons can be pricey, you want to make sure you’re well-equiped for the slopes and rugged terrain.

2. Avoid wearing jeans or cotton material,. This type of clothing absorbs water, and in this case, snow. Wear layers and think smart about what to wear out there in the elements.

3. Skiing or snowboarding is when the buddy system is not a joke. Never find yourself out on the slopes by yourself. You should also be with someone to look out for each other. Choose a buddy who has a good amount of experience. Two first-timers would defeat the purpose. However, going with a large group could also be dangerous, especially for those less-experienced as a large group may push or drag you into a terrain that you’re less comfortable with.

4. Take lessons. This doesn’t mean you have to spend all day with an instructor, but it’s important to get the basics from a professional first, rather than a friend who may think they’re experienced enough.

5. The lifts are not easy. Be sure to try to stand up before immediately getting off of the lift, or you could fall in an awkard position.

6. Read signs. It’s probably a pretty obvious tip, but be sure to read the marked signs. Signs throughout the slopes will tell you how difficult the terrain is and tell you which “level” it may be more suitable for. (Level 1 means someone who has never skiied before and a Level 7 is a very advance skier).

7. Be aware of your surroundings when you’re on the slopes. Look both ways, and listen carefully. The last thing you want is to crash into someone or something, so be cautious and attentive to all that is going on around you.

8. It’s not something people typically use, but carrying a map of the slopes is a safe and great idea. Although the buddy system at many ski resorts is highly encouraged, carrying a map just in case of injury or direction is smart.

9. Drink a lot of water. When you’re out on the slopes, it gets hot, believe it or not. When you’re bundled up in all that gear and partaking in physical activity all day, it’s smart and safe to stay hydrated.

10. First-timers may not know, but the best time to ski is about three days after a snow storm. The snow has had time to settle and is less loose. Also, avoid skiing or snowboarding the day after it rains because that means conditions are probably too firm and icy.

About the Author: Justin is a guest contributor for GetAway Vacations, providing family vacation rentals in Killington, VT.