Have you ever imagined rocketing down a ski slope all by yourself and leaving a spray of white powder behind you? If that’s the case, it is time to take a ski lesson to benefit from the interesting sport. Let us discuss some of the important ski equipment and some important steps in learning to ski from the beginner point of view.
Skills to Master Before Leaving the Beginner Hill:
Some of the important skills to master before beginning to ski are as follows,
Learn to ski straight in the beginning: Beginners should learn to slide down a very gentle slope into a wedge stop. Beginners have to use the pizza wedge to control their speed while slowing down, speeding up and stopping while the beginner alters the size and shape of their pizza.
Side-step: Walking foot to foot sideways up the hill is known as the sidestep. This is a critical skill to master. This skill helps the skier to get themselves up and out of areas if they have fallen or in a need to move in a certain direction.
Herringbone Skating: This is the reverse of the pizza wedge. The herringbone is where the tips of the skis are pointing outward and the skier uses the inside edge of the ski to push off and to move forward. This is a lot more like rollerblading and ice skating. Once they develop this skill, they can walk up the hill or skate across flat areas with a good speed. This is a critical skill for new skiers.
Wedge Change-ups: While controlling the speed in a straight line while getting down a very gentle hill, the skis can vary from the pizza wedge to the French fries or from wedge skiing to parallel skiing. Beginners can use the wedge to slow themselves back down between parallel skiing stints to keep speed under control.
Wedge Christies: This is the introduction to parallel skiing for beginners. The goal is to finish the wedge turn with the help of parallel skis. The beginner has to initiate a turn in a pizza wedge and control their speed, they should then progress through the turn and bring the feet together into a parallel skiing stance at the end of the turn.
Side Slip: The side slips are critical to gain speed control. While the skis point sideways across the hill, look down the hill and flatten the skies until they begin to slip sideways down the hill. The goal is to slide sideways on the skis with the heels and the toes pointing perpendicular to the hill.
Ski lessons and its importance for beginners:
Taking an appropriate ski lesson is most important to enjoy the time on the slopes with utmost safety. Taking a lesson from an experienced instructor helps in keeping yourself safe and will teach the different techniques that are involved in the sport. It is indeed silly and irresponsible on the part of the skier to try and ski down the slopes without learning the technique to control their speed. This puts both the novice skiers and others at risk of serious injury. Thus, it is important to learn the lessons from an instructor so as to gain control on the speed, turns and stops.
Learn the Skier’s Responsibility Code:
The next important thing to learn after getting proficient with the skiing lessons is the learner’s responsibility code. This will help to save the skier from injury, embarrassment and safety issues. The components of this responsibility code are,
- Stay in control at all times and be able to stop when desired to avoid injury to people and objects.
- People ahead have their right of way. Learn how to handle them.
- While starting downhill or merging into a trail, look uphill and yield to others
- Use devices to prevent runaway equipment
- Observe all posted warnings and signs. Keep away from closed areas and closed trails
- Prior to using any lift, gather the knowledge and ability to ride, load and unload safely.
- Avoid staying on the left or on the right unless you are on a tiny cat track.
- Do not pass other skiers so closely, go around them and tell them where you are.
Ski Equipment for Beginners
- Skis and Boots
- Ski poles
- Ski helmets and goggles
- Ski apparel
- Ski gloves
Skis and Boots
Beginners can rent the ski equipment rather than invest in them. This also helps in hassle-free equipment selection without worrying about fit and size. Rent a good pair or narrow shape skies and avoid the fat skis as they are harder to learn, though they look cool. Beginners should choose a short pair or skies as they are easy to control and learn.
Boots are critical for a good and comfortable skiing. Choose boots that fit perfectly and accommodates the foot snuggly. Also, rent a good pair of socks that will keep the feet dry and warm all day.
Poles are not good or ideal for beginners, also it is a bad habit to learn to ski with the poles as it will hinder the learning experience. Poles are helpful with advance level of skiing where the skier carries out certain techniques in specific timing.
Ski helmets and goggles:
It is mandatory to wear a helmet at all times and pair it up with a good pair of goggles. It is not necessary to buy the flashiest pair of goggles as good skiing does not come from fancy gear. The large lens goggles are however amazing for excellent viewing range and for peripheral vision.
One important tip to master the art of skiing is to learn how to layer. It is not mandatory to buy a whole new wardrobe to go skiing. But it is important to have a few layers of outdoor clothing to protect from the cold weather. Choose clothing with a good base layer like merino wool or polyester tights and shirts. Also, try to add a layer of insulation from fleece or a puffy jacket. Cover all of these layers with a hard shell such as a ski jacket or a waterproof ski pant. A good base layer is what keeps the skier warm and comfortable all day.
The important of ski gloves are underrated by most people. Most novice skiers go to the store and pick up stylish ski gloves without considering if they are true ski gloves. Ski gloves generally breathe pretty well and they will keep the hands warm at all the conditions. Though they need not be waterproof, they should be water-resistant.
How to transport ski equipment?
Beginners should not advocate buying skis and boots right off the bat. When it comes to buying a high-quality ski travel bag and a ski boot bag it will make it transporting them easy significantly. Most of the travel bags allow the beginner to keep the gloves, goggles and other equipment in them thus, freeing up space in the suitcase for clothing. For those planning to head on to the slopes in their own vehicle, it is important to have a good ski roof rack to transport the ski equipment.
We hope our guide helps you in gaining some insight into how to ski effectively for beginners. for those who are just starting to ski, save money and avoid all trendy gear. It is important to get what they want to learn and progress accordingly in the sport. Take a group lesson to start learning the basics and stay on the beginner’s hill until mastering the turning, stopping and controlling the speed.