Are you excited to hit the snow and learn how to perform impressive jumps, spins, and grabs? Before you can get to that point though, make sure that you don’t accidentally ruin your ski trip by getting in an accident.
When people start learning to ski, they tend to make a few common yet easily avoidable mistakes. So before you go shopping for that shiny new pair of K2 2015 skis or look for the perfect resort, make sure that you know what you’re getting into first.
Not taking lessons – The first and most serious mistake that a beginner can make is not taking professional lessons from certified ski instructors. You are not only putting yourself at risk, you may also be an inconvenience or danger to other skiers on the slopes.
Learning from friends – On a similar note to the above, you shouldn’t rely on your friends to teach you either. No matter how skilled they are, there’s no guarantee that they will actually be good at teaching others the ropes. They may skip over crucial basics, or get frustrated easily.
Buying all new gear – Investing in a good pair of skis is imperative if you want to hit the slopes often, but since this is your first trip, you shouldn’t be in a hurry to break the bank. Try renting your skis first, and see if you can borrow apparel from your friends. By the end of the trip, you should know if skiing is really for you.
Taking on advanced terrain – Whether due to ignorance or haughtiness, many beginners try to tackle runs that are far too difficult for them. Keep the ego in check, and stick to the terrain that is flat, short, and devoid of any potential obstacles.
Overdoing it – Skiing is one of the most fun and exhilarating hobbies in the world, so it’s easy to fall into the “just one more run” trap. However, you need to pay attention to how tired your body is. Pace yourself, and call it a day before your legs give out.
While it takes a lot of practice before you really get comfortable on the slopes, skiing is one of the most rewarding hobbies in the world. Just do your homework first, and your first trip will be a blast.