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Planning your First Ski Trip

If you are over twenty and you have never been on skis before, it’s not a surprise that you might feel a bit of fear and intimidation the first time you set foot on the ski slopes. Possibly, you are discomfited because you never learned to ski as a youngster. Or, maybe you are just terrified at the idea of breaking a body part and being in a cast for weeks. If you simply relax, however, and follow a few simple rules, this could very well be one of your most enjoyable experiences.

One of the first things that you will have to do is to arrange skiing lessons. If you can afford it, consider the idea of combining lessons with a vacation to a world class ski resort. A world class ski resorts will have the best instructors available as well as the best slopes to learn on. In addition,  you will find plenty of fun things to do in your down time. If, however, money is tight and you can’t afford to travel to Aspen, the Rockies, or the Alps – then finding a place near to home is ok as a second choice. But, you probably won’t have as much fun.

When learning to ski, it’s best to learn with a friend who doesn’t know how to ski. This way, you will have someone to commiserate with as you futilely try to maintain your balance during the first day of training. You can also laugh at each other instead of being the butt of all the laughter yourself. Partnering with a friend also gives you both more confidence in learning your new snow skills. Most instructors won’t try to push you beyond what they believe you are capable of, so just relax, pay attention, and follow his lead. The first day is always the hardest. If you survive that, the rest will be easy going.

The best times to take your classes are during the week. On weekends, the crowds can be overwhelming. During the slower times, on the weekdays, you don’t have to worry so much about avoiding fellow skiers. Without the distractions, you can focus more on learning skiing basics such as methods of stopping, controlling your speed, and mastering turns.

Don’t expect to become an expert in the first day or two. But by the end of the week, you will be riding the ski lifts, tacking the intermediate slopes, and possibly even venturing into some of the less threatening expert slopes. The nice thing about leaning to ski at the best resorts is that the slopes are long – sometimes as long as 1 or 2 miles or longer. You have the most fun when you are spending more time on the actual slopes instead of constantly returning into the lift lines for another trip up the mountain.

Among kids and young adults, snowboarding seems to be fast overtaking skiing as the most popular winter sport. For older adults, however, who don’t really see the benefits of multiple concussions, skiing can be the perfect sport in combining fun and exercise during the winter months.

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