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07 Jul 2015

It’s important for beginners to maximise their enjoyment of their early lessons and time spent on the slopes.   This is something we factor into our teaching methods at the Snow School.   But that said, there is much you can do or learn, to make your early efforts on the snow more fun and comfortable.  This will help boost your confidence – an essential attribute for all skiers.

Pre – Holiday Ski Fitness

It’s your legs that get the biggest workout when you ski.   To reduce stiffness and discomfort we recommend ski conditioning workouts in the two months running up to your first ski holiday.  You can do these in the comfort of your home and you’ll find plenty of options online.   Individuals who maintain good levels of fitness through cycling, circuit training or similar adjust to skiing without having to supplement their fitness routines.

Equipment And Gear

Skis and boots can be rented at your resort.    Rather than spending a fortune on salopettes and the like you may want to try to borrow from family or friends or look for second hand clothing on eBay. Dress in layers with a thermal layer closest to your skin.  Don’t layer socks – wear just one pair and make sure your outer layer of clothing is water proof in case the weather turns.  Sunglasses are essential in sunny weather.   Wear goggles at other times.   Don’t forget sunscreen.

When choosing beginner skis, select a short pair around 30cm less than your own height.  These are easier for beginners to manoeuvre.   Ski boots have a reputation for being uncomfortable and often are.  You’ll need some room for your toes but should fit snuggly when laced-up. This means your heel should not be able to rise out of the boot.  They should feel snuggest around your calf.  Salopettes or trousers must be worn over your boots.

Run Grading

Every skier should know runs are graded by colour with green being the easiest and black the most difficult.  When practising on your own outside lessons, make sure you skiing in a familiar area and have a mobile phone on you.

Staying Upright

Without skiing ability gravity would simply pull you down the mountain by the most direct route.  Balance and stance are important factors on staying on your feet.  Beginners are taught the snowplough stance.  Feet are about a shoulder width apart, toes pointing inwards and heels pushed apart.  Bend ankles, knees and waist and keep arms out wide.  This stance gives you more security as a beginner and is used for skiing and stopping.  You’ll get lots of practice on stance, steering and stopping in your lessons with us.

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