It is intimidating to get started in any new sport. Add in the fact the sport takes place on slippery, steep mountains and the intimidation factors begin to mount.
If you are going skiing for the first time, I wholeheartedly recommend you purchase a lesson. Any resort worth its salt will have lessons available for skiers of all levels. If you are anything like me, your first time on skis will be nothing short of disastrous.
A competent teacher will be able to gauge your intrinsic skill and tell how much independence you can handle at each step. If you listen to the teacher, you will be just fine.
If you are dead-set against getting a ski teacher, you might be okay on your own if you follow some basic safety tips.
First off, make sure you have all the proper gear. In addition to properly fitted ski boots, skis and poles, you will need a helmet. If you are going up the mountain or plan on moving with any sort of speed, goggles are recommended.
Start by taking your time getting used to the way it feels to stand on the skis. You might slip around, but this is normal. Do not rush. Once you are used to traversing level ground, look for minor slopes. Practice putting your skis into a wedge shape. This will break your speed and allow you control. This is the primary way you will descend slopes until you are comfortable turning and maintaining a controlled speed.
There is of course more to it, but getting the hang of these basics will probably tire you out your first day on the slopes. Head in and rest while getting ready to hit the slopes with a new vigor tomorrow.
Once business concludes, a world of wonder awaits in many of Italy’s incredible cities.
Barcelona’s insane popularity and large influx of visitors as of late may have some travelers steering away from the Mediterranean coastal city, but just outside the overpopulated center of the city, known as Ciutat Vella, are quieter neighborhoods that offer more of a local feel and don’t come with exorbitant tourist prices. El Poble-Sec is one such area that rests between the towering Montjuic park and the Old Town, making it a nice escape but still close enough to access the sights.
In food capitals like New York City, foodie crazes seem to rise and set as quickly as the sun, but one trend that has endured for awhile now is the city’s penchant for regional Chinese cuisine, and the East Village is home to some of the city’s top spots for sampling your way through several of these regions.
Some places appear better to visit in the winter. For example, anywhere known for winter sports, such as skiing and snowboarding, will be less visited in the summer because those same people are going to spend their time at the beach or another destination. However, visiting these destinations during the off-seasons can show a side of the city or town that can’t be seen under piles of snow. It’s worth checking out a couple of these favorite winter destinations.