Tips for the First-Time Skier

by Akhil Kalepu

Sep 21, 2014

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Tips / Travel

Follow these tips to make your first ski trip a smooth ride.

 

Check the conditions

The best time to go skiing is a few days after a snowfall. Fresh powder offers a slower ride, is easier to move over and is a softer cushion, though deep snow is also difficult to turn in.

 

Wear sunscreen:

This might seem unnecessary going to a winter wonderland, but UV rays are still strong in the cold, especially at a high altitude and bouncing off the snow. Slather on a sunscreen and consider wearing a buff in windy conditions to protect your exposed skin.

 

Dress appropriately:

Jeans and cotton are common clothing mistakes people make. These materials absorb water and can leave you cold and wet after your first bail out. To stay warm and dry, go with a nylon windbreaker with warm layers underneath. It’s also advisable to rent your equipment instead of borrowing, as the skis you use will be dependent on your size and weight.

 

Take a lesson:

Once you’re on the mountain, it can be tempting to hit the slopes as soon as you get your skis, but for first-timers a lesson will benefit you in the long run. Many resorts will package lessons with your rentals and lift ticket, so be sure to take advantage and learn the basics of turning and wedging.

 

Go with a group:

Don’t find yourself alone on the mountain. Since it’s your first time, you should have a friend around in case there is an accident. Try to bring friends around the same skill level as you; you don’t want to be pressured into going down a course too intense for your experience.

 

Stay hydrated

Cold air is dry and oxygen levels are lower than what you’re used to, being at that altitude. New skiers tend to use more energy since they’re falling a lot, so remember to drink water to prevent dehydration.

 

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