Anytime you are leaning towards jumping into a new sport, it is important to realize that there are some fundamental rules that come with that, especially when it comes to starting out learning to ski. You really have to know what you are getting yourself into once you are out there on the slopes. With the sun glistening off the snow, the snow-capped mountains and deep blue sky, it is easy to get caught up in the wonder of it all, but in order to truly enjoy the entire experience, the first things must be considered and that’s where these guidelines come into play. Follow these and I guarantee that you will enjoy it as much as skiers around the world do.
It’s gravity that enables you to glide from the mountaintop to the bottom of the route in the most direct way. And although it is not always the most desirable or safest route, you should be able to steer as you go and stop or else you probably shouldn’t be up there. Another basic is to remember that nothing beats a good back massage at the end of the day to relax and soothe the aching muscles that are inevitable to come after a long day out skiing.
Since snow is slippery, you will have to balance yourself while traveling down the mountainside and this is not as easy as you think. Maintain a stance that is both stable and comfortable while moving down the slope.
Staying warm while on the slopes is essential. I find that if I don’t have on the proper clothes, it is far more difficult to concentrate on everything else, so stay warm and you will notice the difference! That means having on sunglasses for the snow that could be falling and the shade, as well as a few layers of cotton. I prefer thermal underwear that is hugging the skin for the best coverage. Note that only one pair of socks are necessary as more than one pair will actually end up making the feet a bit colder and no one wants numb feet. The outer layer should be waterproof, with extra attention paid to the bottom half. It is always a plus to have pockets, the more the merrier.
You must protect the skin against the wind, sun, and cold. Even when it is cold outside, your skin can end up reeling from the sun, so be sure to apply sunscreen as a protective layer to ward off cold and wind burn.
Every piste has a certain color code that reflects difficulty, so be sure to ski with extreme care and attack the different colors as you progress in the morning or afternoon as you wish.
You may not have an accident, but they can happen, which means having insurance on hand can be a benefit in case something happens. It is always better to be safe than sorry. Follow these rules and you will have a much greater time on the slopes and more enjoyment will surely be had!