Before you hit the slopes, it’s incredibly important to learn some quick and easy tips. First, you’ll need to make sure you have all the right gear before you hit the mountain. You’ll need:
Skis- An important thing to consider when picking out skis is, the larger the ski, the faster it goes and the harder it is to control.
Bindings- You’re bindings are your “glue to your skis” and should be professionally fit at a ski shop.
Boots- Make sure to wear boots that are your shoe size and equally fit into your bindings with no issues. This will ensure safe exit and entry.
Poles- It’s imperative that your poles are the correct length. Your poles should be approximately elbow height with respect to you in full gear.
Helmet- Wearing a helmet is always a good idea, plain and simple.
Goggles- It’s imperative to wear eye protection while you’re on the mountain. The sun’s rays are incredibly powerful and that reflection on the white snow can be detrimental to your eyes. Protect them with either goggles or polarized sunglasses.
Gloves- Keep your hands warm while on the mountain by wearing gloves. There is also a good chance you might fall while skiing, and wearing gloves will prevent your hands from ice burn.
Now that you have the right gear, you’re ready to hit the mountain! Like most beginners, starting something new can be scary, but the only way to get over that fear is to jump in with both feet SAFELY!
Here are a few quick and easy safety tips before hitting the slopes.
- 1. Make sure that you are in shape. Being healthy before practicing an athletic activity is important! If you’re not in shape, strenuous activity on your body can be taxing.
- 2. Enroll yourself in a ski lesson. Ski lessons will teach you the basics, ski etiquette, and overall get you more comfortable on the mountain.
- 3. Always ski with a friend. There really is safety in numbers.
- 4. Know your limits. If you’re tired, don’t keep going.
- 5. Practice ski etiquette.
- 6. Have fun!