Skiing is an interesting and exciting outdoor activity. Ski competitions are held all over the world, and more and more people try to learn skiing and fall in love with it. But for beginners, skiing is a very difficult and dangerous sport, and must be well prepared. So what should we prepare before skiing? Here are some skiing tips for beginners.
Part 1: Get your body Ready for Skiing
Physical strength is the most important part of skiing. In the process of skiing, a lot of energy will be consumed, and we need good physical strength for skiing. So before skiing, you need some regular physical activity to build your body.
Usually, skiing lasts a whole day, which requires us to have longer endurance. So we can build our endurance with some cardio, like jogging, daily fitness, etc.
- Lower Body: The most commonly used part of skiing is the leg strength of the lower body. We can build our lower body strength by cycling, running, etc.
- Upper Body: Skiing also requires arm strength. We can build our upper body strength with lift dumbbells or other arm strength training.
Part 2: Ski Clothing and Gear
What to Wear for Skiing
Generally, skiers dress in three layers: a base layer, a middle layer for warmth, and a waterproof and windproof outer layer.
For beginners, you will consume a lot of energy in falling during skiing. You might work up a sweat, so you need to wear a base layer to wick your sweat. The ski area is usually on alpine snow, and the temperature can be very low, so we need a waterproof and windproof outer layer to keep warm. But too thick clothes are a burden for skiing and also affect move while skiing. At this time, we can choose a heated jacket for skiing. It not only guarantees the temperature but also has portability.
- Venustas heated jacket filled with 90% light and soft white duck down to form an air insulation layer, providing excellent heat insulation and long-term warmth.
- The shell use water-resistant Nylon Taffeta, bringing more tightness and warmth to you. Perfectly meet your skiing needs.
- It has 6 graphene heating elements covering the collar, the mid-back, the left & right chest, and the left & right shoulder.
- Up to about 9 working hours and heat quickly in seconds with 7.4V.It can accompany you for a whole day of skiing.
Ready your Skis Or Snowboard
- If you already have your own skis or snowboard, please check your skis or snowboard have done the waxing and sharpening of the edges.Properly ground, waxed and edged skis make turns easier during skiing, and give a better skiing experience to you.
- If you haven't bought a ski yet, you can usually rent them from any ski resort for a reasonable fee. Try to pick one that's comfortable and fits your foot type, and adjust it to your weight to avoid injury.
Note: You’d better buy skis or snowboards after you’ve got some experience because it’s expensive. Before that, you can rent a ski or snowboard at the ski resort to use them, to avoid idle after buying them.
Get a Ski Helmet and Goggles
- Ski helmet: Falls are very common during skiing. Especially for beginners, you may fall many times during skiing. So you need to wear a helmet to protect your head. It not only can prevent your head injury but also can keep your head warm.
- Ski goggles: The sun reflects light on the snow will affect your vision. It’s a dangerous thing for skiing. So you should prepare a ski goggles to protect your eyes.
Note: If you haven’t bought them yet, you can also rent them from the ski resort.
Bring Boots and Protective Gear
Then, you need to prepare a pair of boots to wear after skiing. Sturdy and waterproof boots with excellent traction to prevent you from sliding on the snow.
Also, you have to bring protective gear. For beginners, it is easy to fall and get injured during skiing, so we need to bring protective gear to protect our bodies.
Part 3: Choose a Beginner-friendly Ski Resort
The next thing you need to do is to choose a ski resort. For beginners, It is very important to choose a suitable ski resort. We should choose a less difficult site at the beginning and gradually increase the difficulty after mastering the skiing skills. If you choose a very difficult ski slope at the beginning, it is not only dangerous but also has a bad skiing experience, which will make you lose interest in skiing.
Here are something you can refer to when choosing a beginner-friendly ski resort:
- Gear rentals
- Ski lessons (group or private)
Part 4: Precautions
Beware of Altitude Sickness
Skiing is a high-alpine activity. Altitude sickness is prone to occur at high altitudes. So in the beginning, don't climb to the highest point to ski immediately, but start skiing halfway up the mountain, and then slowly climb up. This way can reduce the occurrence of altitude sickness to a certain extent.
But if you occur altitude sickness like headache or fatigue, please follow the steps below:
- Stop and rest in place
- Do not go any higher
- Drink more water
- Do not smoke, drink alcohol, or exercise
Note: If you feel very unwell, go to the hospital immediately.
Do not Ski Alone
For beginners, it’s better to ski with an instructor that can teach you how to ski while keeping you safe from injury or getting lost.
Even without skiing with a ski instructor, don't ski alone. Otherwise, it is difficult for anyone to help you if you are injured or lost.
Get these ready then you can start your ski trip! Hope this blog can help you have a perfect skiing experience!