Learning How to Ski During a Skiing Vacation

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Nov 27, 2013
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Learning How to Ski During a Skiing Vacation

Family vacations can be an opportunity to create memories and experiences that will last a lifetime. One of those experiences can be learning to ski. All knowledge and equipment you will need can be found at the resort. You can literally be skiing down a mountain after an hour of instruction.

Most resorts have a ski school on the premises, and lessons are reasonably priced, making learning to ski quick and easy for anyone. Group and private lessons are usually available. It is a good idea, however, to schedule an appointment before you arrive at the resort. This will ensure that you can start learning early and spend more time mastering your skills.

The first thing most ski instructors start with is showing you how to maneuver around with your equipment. When you are wearing ski boots, you will be inclined slightly forward. This is to prepare you for downhill skiing where you will be inclined forward! Walking in ski boots for the first time can be a bit difficult. Learning to walk with your knees slightly bent is a little awkward for most people.

The first maneuver you will learn is called the plow, or snow plow. This is a technique that is done by literally using your skis as a snow plow. You make the back of the skis slowly move outwards, away from your body by applying pressure. This motion also stops you. You guide yourself on skies by bending your knees and leaning in one direction or another, depending on which way you want to go. For most people, these techniques can be learned in one hour.

The beauty of skiing is that after you have learned how to snow plow, and how to guide yourself on the skis, you’re ready to ski! Get on the lift, head up the mountain, and give it a try. Control your speed by snow plowing. It’s recommended that you go slow at first so that you have more control. 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. At most resorts, these trails are marked with a green emblem. Blue trails are for intermediate skiers, and after one day of skiing the beginner trails, you may be ready for those trails. The black trails are for experts. These trails can be dangerous for people who don’t have the skill level to handle them! Avoid black trails until you have had a great deal of ski instruction and experience. You will know when you are ready!

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