Skiing is a fun-filled yet dangerous sport. Most people refrain from practicing the sport after their first attempt, as they were probably brought to the hill by a friend who has not given them any basic information or training that is required. Here I have compiled the list of best tips for first-time skiers and novice skiers.
Tips With Ski Clothing and Gear:
- Falling and getting up
One of the biggest complaints of novice skiers is cold feet or sort feet or compromised circulation. This is because they have been wearing ill-fitting boots. Thus, it is important to wear boots that fit and they should not make the user wiggle their toes. If you can’t wiggle the toes, then it is obvious that the feet will be cold. Also, boots should not allow the user to turn their foot from side to side within the boot. If the user is not able to turn their foot inside the boot, then they won’t get a chance to control their skis.
To get all these parameters correct, it is important to have one’s own boots and a custom fit in it. Skiers should try several pairs of boots for the first time as not every boot marked the same size is actually of the same size. Though this additional effort is annoying, it is definitely worth it. It is good to rent the equipment from the ski shop a day in advance of the first ski experience, so that there is no need to rush at the last moment. Also, a rental shop has a wide variety of boots to try along with the best advice about boot fit.
Actually, proper fitting ski boots are warm and are completely warm and thus there is no need for any thick socks. A normal pair of socks inside the boot is fine, as too bulky socks cuts down circulation and the feet will start to feel cold again. It is also try different thickness of socks and choose the best fitting one.
It is good not to wear jeans or sweatpants. It is common to fall down in the snow and even if it is cold enough to be dry snow, some will stick on to the dress and melt. If you get wet and there is no chance to stay warm. Wearing shells is also beneficial, but ski pants are best recommended for beginners, as they have enough padding for the cold.
Similarly, the jacket should also be of waterproof material, a zippered jacket is better than a pullover. It is important for the gloves to be waterproof as well. For those who wear lightweight gloves liner is a must. Tight gloves will damper circulation and the hands will also get cold.
Going for skiing as a group with friends is the best decision that one has to make for their skiing experience. It is important to find someone with inexhaustible patience and also a person with similar fitness and athletic ability.
Falling and getting up:
Falling is common in skiing and if one happens to gain control over the fall, try falling uphill. Try to land on the butt and try to make them fall like a foot first slide in baseball game. The hardest part of falling is getting up. The steeper the hill is; easier it is to get up. Boots will keep the person from flexing the ankles so that they cannot get the legs under the person very well.