Perhaps this year is a good year to take up on my ambition of trying out skiing for the first time. This is a nerve-racking venture for me, considering I am more suited to warm sandy beaches and city sightseeing tours. However, like many people perhaps, I feel that at some point in my life before I reach a certain age that I should really do something beyond my own comfort zone. Therefore, skiing is something beyond my own comfort zone and is an experience that many people should enjoy at some point in their life.
If like me you are thinking of going skiing for the first time, then you should choose wisely on you ski destination/resort. The problem with finding a ski resort is that most beginners will opt towards destinations that are more popular without really being prepared for what is in store. Some destinations/resorts are not suitable for beginners as they do not offer easy slopes and professional/experienced skiers that dominate the slopes may put off beginners.
It is important to choose a resort that offers ski lessons to beginners; this way you will enjoy your holiday break without feeling to vulnerable to the elements. It is better to gain some ski lessons before you go on holiday so you can get a good feel of the motions and feel less intimidated. When going on a ski trip one does need to expect to use as much as energy as they can as this is not a simple slide down the park!
It does not matter how old you are when you take up ski lessons, as the tutorials are tailor-made for you to learn at your own pace. When learning at the ski resort you will be thrown at the deep end, in that you will immediately learn the techniques through skiing down some of the slopes. This is the only way you will gain a true experience of skiing from the moment you lay your feet into the skis; you will find that practising a few times will mean that you will progress faster than you expect.
Skiing lessons can be taken privately or with a group. Bear in mind that if you do opt for private lessons then you are more likely to pay more than you would with a group ski session. Many of the lessons involve useful skills and techniques, which can be in the form of starting up, stopping, turning corners and cross-country skiing. When taking up ski lessons one thing to keep in mind is that you will need to be prepared to use a lot of your leg strength and practice on your balancing techniques.
Dry slope skiing is very different from actual skiing on the snow slopes as this does not include the possibility of coming across uneven surfaces and possible bumps that you are likely to come across when skiing down the slopes. However, this will enable you to work on your balancing techniques and improve leg stability on the skis. There are always staffs at hand to help you out, but if you are afraid to fall then you will be disappointed to know that you need to expect yourself to fall a number of times in order to increase your confidence on the slopes.
One key element to ski lessons is learning how to fall properly without damaging yourself too much. For instance if you land on front, instead having your arms reached out in front of you, you have them across over your face and chest so end up rolling. Obviously, you will have a few minor injuries but is to be expected. In the end, you will need to remind yourself that you are there to have fun and it just the thrill of the experience you are after.
Anna Stenning has researched into what to expect when taking up ski lessons as she is planning to go skiing this year.