Skiing looks easy enough, when you’re watching friends and family on powdery slopes. So you consider asking a loved one to teach you how to do it. If you’re going on your first ski holiday, you may want to think twice about getting instruction from family or friends.
Family members or friends who can ski well may not have the skills (or patience) to teach you. They may easily grow bored of the beginner slopes and, as a result, bring you to the next level slopes before you are ready. This incorrect assessment of your skill level could lead to an accident on the mountain.
A professional ski instructor has the training and experience to ensure your safety on the slopes. In so doing, allow you to fully enjoy your first ski holiday.
You can book a one-on-one session or join a group lesson. The former will be more expensive, but if you’re serious about learning, it may be the better option. Group lessons, on the other hand, will often last for half a day, leaving you to safely practice on your own. Your instructor will then assess your progress, and determine if you’re ready for the steeper slopes.
Gear Up, Stay Fit
Your family and friends can help you pick out the right gear. After all, they’ve spent more time on the slopes and therefore, know which jackets, pants, helmets and goggles work well in certain conditions. They will also know which snow stores carry the best ski brands.
You should also try to stay fit. Skiing is a full-body exercise and you can tire out easily without proper preparation.
Are you ready to ski? Press your back against the wall, then slide down to bend your knees at a 90-degree angle. If you can hold this position, then you’re ready to hit the slopes!