Breathtaking views of incredible landscapes.
Fun and satisfying cardio workouts.
Thrilling adrenaline rushes.
A hobby that can last a lifetime.
There are number of amazing reasons to take up snow-skiing. Whatever yours may be, this quick guide will give you some important information to help you get started.
- Lessons: Paying for a few sessions of skiing lessons is always a great investment. You will learn more quickly, ski more correctly, and begin enjoying the process sooner.
- Hydration: Hydration isn’t just an issue during hot-weather sports. Skiing is a physically taxing sport that can cause sweating and fatigue, and it’s critical to stay hydrated while out on the slopes. Be sure to stay well fed as well. (Protip: food and drinks are far more expensive out on the slopes, bring a backpack to save some serious dough!)
- Clothing: It’s very important to dress warm. Use a moisture-wicking bottom layer of clothing, and a waterproof outer layer!
- Equipment: When it comes to skiing equipment such as skis, ski poles, boots, etc. it’s important to make sure everything fits correctly. For this reason, it’s better to rent than to borrow unless you’re absolutely sure that every fits. Additional safety equipment such as an emergency locator beacon may also be appropriate.
- Goggles: Always use goggles that are specifically designed for skiing. The reflection of the sun off of the snow can be very bright, and traditional sunglasses pose a hazard as they can shatter in case of an accident.
- Spend wisely: There are a number of ways to save money when starting out. Any ski clothing or equipment that you wish to purchase should be bought during the off-season. Season passes are always more economical than individual passes; and season rentals are better than paying day-by-day rates. As mentioned above, it’s also better to bring your own food and drink.
- Have fun! Learning a new sport always brings challenges, however it’s important to have a great time!