Whether you heard about the adrenaline rush you get while gliding down a mountain via a family member, or you saw breathtaking footage of professionals racing down; whatever drew you to this magical experience of Skiing, let it be known that you’re about to feel freedom like never before! But before you begin your first day, you need to keep in mind a few things when learning how to ski.
Skiing opens up a lifetime of winter fun and blesses you with a deep connection to the mountains. Sounds exciting, right?
For first-time skiers, expectations and reality are not the same because you see it’s not one-day learning; it’s a constant process where you can’t expect to swish down mountains; the reality is on the first day you’re more likely to spend your hours falling into the snow.
How to Ski in 5 Steps
Skiing combines the serene joy of being outside in winter with the adrenaline rush of speeding down a snowy mountain. Ready to learn how to ski?
First Things First – Know Your Gear
Before you can whoosh your way down a mountain, you need to know your gear. It can feel daunting to look at all the required equipment, but it is essential to understand why every piece of equipment is necessary to ensure a smooth skiing experience.
Find the proper ski boots.
A good ski boot is everything. It is important to find the one that fits your feet’ shape and size perfectly. Too big or too tight won’t do.
Make sure your boots are warm.
Boots that are dry and warm will help you slide your foot in quickly rather than damp boots. So be sure to keep your shoes in a warm place overnight.
Wear a single sock, don’t layer
Thin wool or synthetic socks are perfect. They absorb all the sweat, which is what you need. Wear the socks pulled up to avoid getting any bumps or scratches.
Putting on ski boots the correct way
- Start with one pair of thin socks and pull it all the way.
- Slide your feet into the boot while standing and press your heel towards the back of the boot.
- Tighten the buckles on the upper cuff to ensure your heels are back and down.
- The boot should snug at your feet but shouldn’t feel painful. Make sure it’s just the right fit – not too tight or too loose.
- Walk a little to check if the bootsfit fine.
All about skis
There is no right or left in skis; they are interchangeable.
The front is called the tip, and the back is called the tail. Bindings connect your boot to your ski, which you’ll find somewhere between the tip and the tail. Remember, when your boot is not pressed into the binding, the ski brake will preventing your skis from sliding.
How to click into your ski bindings
- Place your skis parallel on a flat surface so they don’t slide away from you.
- Skis normally aren’t labelled to left or right foot.
- Be sure that the heel pieces of your ski binding are pushed down.
- Ski poles will help you get excess snow off your boots.
- Your poles are for balance, so plant them accordingly.
Learn the Correct Ski Stance
Maintaining a proper ski stance helps keep you balanced, and a good balance is what you need to learn first. Here’s what you need to do:
- Stand firm with your feet about shoulder-width apart.
- Bend your ankles and tilt your shins forward.
- Remember to keep your shoulders in front of your hips with weight collected over your feet.
- Keep your arms a bit out in front and off to the side. Hold your ski poles with the tips pointed back, behind your feet.
- Always look toward where you’re going and never down at your skis.
The perfect glide
Now that you’re aware of the correct ski stance, it’s time to balance and move on skis. Gliding on a smooth flat area is one of the first movements you’ll make while learning how to ski.
- Start by pushing your ski poles (one on each side).
- Bend your ankles.
- Keep your shins dipped forward and your weight centered over your feet as you move with your skis.
Climbing with skis
To move across the ski area, you’ll need to know how to walk uphill first. When you first learn how to ski, you’ll also have to get up smaller slopes to practise. Most beginners prefer to side-step when climbing a hill.
Here’s how you can side-step uphill:
- Place your skis parallel to each other and face across the slope to not slide or fall.
- Roll your skis slightly on each side toward the slope to get a grip.
- Push off of the bottom ski and start to step with the uphill ski sideways up the hill. Then bring the other ski parallel to it.
- Take small steps and lean your lower legs into the slope.
Next, try gliding down a gentle hill. It will get you familiar with balancing on skis that are sliding down a gentle slope.
- Point your skis downhill, push off with your poles and glide to a natural stop.
- Practice gliding and balancing over short distances and on small slopes or inclines.
Our Final Thoughts
Doing anything for the first time calls for intimidation, excitement and exhaustion. It’s best to take a deep breath, warm-up, stretch and have fun!
Skiing is a sport that requires physical exertion, balance, agility and concentration. A day of Skiing is definitely exciting but can be exhausting for most people, especially if you’ve never done it before. While it may be tempting to ski until the sun goes down, it’s better to call it a day when your legs give up, or you can no longer stay in control.
After all, your first day of Skiing should be about enjoying yourself with your friends or family, creating memories, soaking in majestic views and most importantly, laughing at the times you fall!