Skiing is a lot of fun and adventure. But in order to make the most of this sport, you must learn how to ski well. The perfect time for this is right when you begin your skiing. If you learn the basics properly, you will be able to lay a solid foundation and in time, master skiing successfully.
The basics of skiing include a lot of things like the right posture, the ability to control your speed, a good balance, and the ability to do various maneuvers while skiing.
Here are some handy tips and guidelines to get you started in the right direction.
Dress the part
You will be skiing in the snow and if you are not dressed for the occasion, you will either catch a cold or shiver throughout the skiing session. So a good start is to gather all the right gear for skiing. Try your hands at waterproof trousers, jackets and gloves.
You may need multiple layers of clothes to keep yourself warm. Experiment with different clothes and clothing layers to see which keeps you warm and makes you feel comfortable while skiing.
Get the right equipment
Skiing requires specialized equipment, and you simply can’t ski without this equipment. The standard skiing equipment includes the skis, ski boots and the poles. A huge range of such equipment is available out there.
You will have to consider your weight and height to find the one that best suits you. Before you actually purchase a piece of equipment, make sure it’s right for you. Do some online research, determine the right size for yourself, and then consult others who are in the know.
Practice your balance
So now you are dressed for the occasion and have the right gear at hand. The next thing is to stand in your ski boots and practice your balance. A good balance is the key to smooth and agile skiing.
Find a place with a very small slope incline and try to ‘walk’ on your skis by sliding one ski ahead of the other. The weight of your body should be evenly balanced on your feet.
Practice a straight run
A straight run is one of the most basic ski movements. To practice it, stand with your skis positioned sideways. You should be facing downhill as you stand in this position. Now slowly bring the skis to a position where they are parallel to each other. This brings you in a glide position. All this time, make sure your poles are firmly fixed in the snow.
Once you are in the glide position, lift your poles from the snow and bend your knees slightly so that you are leaning forward. Now push and start gliding downhill. The perfect place to practice this is a slope with a gentle decline. This will give you plenty of time and space to practice a straight run without any risk.
Practice the stops
Now you know how to start a ski run. The next basic thing to master is how to come to a stop. It’s fairly simple but requires some practice. To come to a stop, you have to do a gliding wedge. This movement essentially involves bringing the tips of your skis gradually closer while moving the tails apart.
As a result, your skis create a resistance against the snow and the slope. This gradually slows you down and ultimately brings you to a stop. The key is to perform this movement slowly so that you don’t come to a halt all of a sudden.
Learn from an instructor
If you are having a hard time practicing the basic ski moves, you are highly advised to learn from an instructor. It’s incredibly fruitful to learn from a professional instructor. Such an instructor will help you master the basic moves in just the right way. Besides, you will be able to master them quickly.
Professional instruction is also incredibly useful if you are considering ski as a long-term hobby or as a career. If you try to learn on your own and fail, this may quickly discourage you from pursuing the sport. On the other hand, if you are learning from an instructor, you are almost guaranteed to succeed in mastering the basic moves and quickly moving on to more advanced maneuvers. Besides, ski instructional videos on the internet also the good way to learning skiing.
Exercise and get fit
Skiing is a sport which requires you to significantly exert. In particular, you legs need to do a lot of hard work during skiing. It’s obvious that if you are fit and in good shape, your body will be able to do this hard work almost effortlessly.
So a key essential of ski for beginners is to exercise regularly and keep your body in good shape. As a motivation, remember that the more fit you are, the better you will be able to perform when skiing.