Beginner Skiers On A Ski Vacation

April 6, 2012 · Posted in Travel 

Don’t feel bad if your family wants to go on a ski vacation and you don’t know how to ski. You can just learn how to ski during the vacation. You don’t have to prepare anything before you go to the ski resort since everything you have to learn about is there.

It’s really not that hard to learn how to ski. You’ll find that most ski resorts have ski schools. You can usually choose between group and private lessons. It would be a good idea to make an appointment before you get to the resort. This is to make sure that you can have your lessons as soon as you arrive.

Your first lesson would probably involve how to move around with your equipment. You tend to incline slightly forward when you wear ski boots, since this is the proper stance when you ski down a mountain. Walking in ski boots the first time is a bit difficult – but it works just fine if you learn to walk with your knees slightly bent.

You’ll be taught the plow or the snow plow maneuver first. It involves using your skis as a snow plow. You make the back of the skis slowing move outwards, away from your body by applying pressure – and this stops you. You can move left or right by bending your knees and leaning in one direction. All of these techniques can be learned in one hour, even if you have never been on a pair of skis in your life.

Once you have that down pat, you can go ski! Get on the lift, head up the mountain, and give it a try. You should go slow at first, and use the snow plow technique. When you want to pick up some speed, draw your skis back in to pick up a little speed, then push them back out into the plow position to control that speed.

As a beginner, you should stick to the trails that are designed for beginners. A green emblem is usually used to mark these. Blue trails are for intermediate skiers, and after one day of skiing the beginner trails, you may be ready for those trails. The trails that are marked black are for the experts. People who aren’t skilled enough shouldn’t try those trails since they are quite dangerous. You should wait until you’ve had many experiences before you try black trails. You’ll just know when you’re ready!

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