8 Tips for Beginner Skiers

by Frank V. Persall

The first time you ski, it can be difficult to grasp the skiing basics. If you are having trouble learning skiing basics, or you want to learn how to sharpen your basic skiing skills, then continue below to learn eight tips for beginner skiers.

1. Maintain balance

Maintain balance
Maintain balance

The first skiing basic you need to know is how to maintain your balance. Balance is extremely important in skiing. In order to have great balance, ensure that your; legs are squared under your torso, shoulders are pointing downhill, and body weight is directly over your ski's narrowest point. Doing all of this will ensure that you have proper balance. Thus, you will be able to properly ski.

2. Keep your head up

While wearing skis may feel weird, do not constantly look down at your skis. When you ski, there is always the risk of bumping into something or someone. And, if you are constantly looking down at your skis, you won't be able to see what lies ahead. Thus, while skiing, keep your head up, so you can prepare for what is coming.

3. Take your time

The worst thing a beginner skier can do is ski down a black diamond, when they can barely ski a bunny hill. While challenging and motivating yourself is good, take it in moderation. Do not jump from a beginner trail to an advanced trail. There are reasons why a trail is designated as an advanced trail. Make sure you are completely comfortable with a certain trail before trying a harder one.

4. It's okay to fall

Some people may view falling as failing. But, falling is okay. In fact, falling is normal. Every skier, even the most advanced professional skiers, has fallen. Actually, when you are learning how to ski, trying to make yourself fall will benefit you. Try moving slowly, while on skis, and twisting yourself and shifting your weight. This will cause you to fall. By doing this, you will learn what causes you to fall. Thus, you will learn how to stop yourself from falling in the future.

5. Dress appropriately

While you aren't obligated to dress like a professional skier, there are proper clothes you should wear while skiing. When skiing, looking cute shouldn't be a priority. It is important to feel comfortable, warm, and safe. Make sure you have proper skiing pants, boots, gloves, a heavy jacket, and a hat!

6. Have patience

Do not feel insecure or anxious if you aren't grasping skiing basics right away. It is normal. Skiing is difficult to master. It takes people years to learn how to preform tricks and breeze through trails. Also, everyone learns at their own pace. So, just because someone you know mastered skiing in a couple of months, doesn't mean you will.

7. Get a lesson

While a friend or family member can teach you skiing basics, the person you could learn how to ski from is a skiing professional. Many people learn how to ski from a professional. So, if you find that you are having difficulty grasping how to ski, look into getting a skiing lesion from a professional.

8. Bend your knees

This last tip is pretty simple, but will help you ace skiing basics. When you ski, you are basically in a squatting position. Most people aren't used to being in a squatting position for an extended amount of time, so they tend to lock their knees. Locking your knees will offset your balance and form. If you want to be able to ski correctly, simply just bend your knees. Bending your knees will also center your upper body, thus centering your balance. Thus, you will be able to nail skiing basics, and move on to learning new skills on harder terrain.

About Frank V. Persall

Frank is originally from the UK, but he has a passion for skiing that knows no bounds. He has made it his life's mission to visit the best ski resorts across the USA and the World. Frank loves spending time with his wife and three children on ski slopes, as they all share his love for the activity.

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