How to Hit the Slopes
It’s the perfect time to start preparing for a fun winter out on the slopes – even if you’ve never been skiing before! With time and effort, you can learn to ski, no matter your age or athletic ability. Don’t wait until you’re already at that Colorado ski resort and all of your friends and family have already gone out to enjoy the snow. Here are a few ways you can start preparing now:
- Get Everything You’ll Need
An artist can’t be an artist without the right tools. Same goes for skiing! Make sure to stock up on warm and waterproof clothing. The key is to dress in layers. Invest in some thick gloves and socks, and make sure that your arms and legs will be fully covered. You’ll definitely want to be comfortable and have a little extra padding in case of a fall. Most resorts will have an option for equipment rentals, which is the way to go if it’s your first time. You’ll want boots, skis and poles that fit your body perfectly. Last but not least, you can’t forget the snacks! Packing a bag of quick pick-me-ups is essential. You’ll want water, and snacks with lots of protein, like nuts.
- Start an Exercise Routine
Believe it or not, it’s super important to have built up a little bit of muscle and endurance before you even step foot onto the slopes. It’s important to be fit and flexible and to focus on your legs when working out. Check out this exercise program to inspire yours before you s tart to ski. It breaks down everything you should do in the 6 weeks leading up to your trip.
- Learn from a Professional
The most important thing you can do before skiing on your own is taking a lesson. The best way to learn is from the professionals, and conveniently, almost every ski resort offers time for you to learn from them. Not only will you feel more confident when you hit the slopes, but you’ll have learned all of the proper techniques to get yourself down the mountain.
- Learn the Right Techniques
One tip to keep in mind while you’re getting the hang of skiing has to do with your feet. Most beginners want to let their feet lead their bodies, but this causes them to fall. Instead, remind yourself to keep your feet under you, so you’ll have more balance. And always keep your knees bent!
- Practice, Practice, Practice
You’ve had the cliche, “practice makes perfect,” preached to you since you were a toddler, but it’s true! The only way to continue getting better at skiing is to practice, practice, practice. Every chance you get, practice your skiing techniques, and you’ll see faster improvement.
- Don’t Give Up!
The truth is that skiing is difficult. Don’t expect to master it right away. Even the pros had to put in years of practice. Don’t give up on yourself, and always remember that skiing should be fun! It’s okay to fall (and to laugh at yourself when you do)!