Hitting the slopes for the first time can be intimidating. The chilly weather and mountainous terrain make for a difficult atmosphere for beginners but, follow these tips and you’ll be ready for your first ski trip in no time.
1. Make sure you’re prepared. Locate a ski resort with friendly slopes for beginners and buy lift tickets.
2. Have the right gear. While specialized clothes are available for skiing fanatics, a quick trip to your closet should provide everything you need; just wear a layer of warm, insulating clothing under snow pants and a winter coat. Your friends may offer the use of their skis, boots, and poles, but you should opt to rent gear at the resort, as they will have modern equipment that will fit you perfectly.
3. Get a lesson. Ideally, you will be able to schedule lessons before you arrive, but a crash course in skiing basics will be required, so prepare to spend the first part of your excursion with a ski instructor.
4. Be honest about your abilities. After you’ve learned the basics, be sure to stick to slopes you can handle, and be sure to stay adequately hydrated, rested, and fed.
About Cory Olcott:
A dedicated educator and administrator, Cory Olcott is currently pursuing his Master’s degree in School Leadership at Harvard University. An avid skier, he also enjoys traveling, swimming, and spending time with his two children.