Ski Techniques for Beginners
If you’re traveling to a cold destination, don’t miss the opportunity to glide on snowy mountains. Because we want your trip to be unforgettable, DINKtravlers offers you these simple ski tips that will prepare you for a great adventure and will guarantee your safety so that your vacations are a handful of beautiful memories.
How to Dress for Skiing
First, choose the right clothes so that you have more mobility. The goal is to keep you warm without making you uncomfortable. In order to achieve this we recommend using three layers of clothing:
The first one must be tight-fitting and must consist on thermal underwear. This is the most important layer because it guarantees your survival outdoors since it helps you regulate your body temperature. Choose one made of antibacterial and active fit material to reduce bad odors and control humidity caused by sweat. Preferably, choose a seamless model to avoid chafing.
The second layer must be made of an isolating material to keep off humidity and cold, so wool or most of the new water-resistant polyester varieties are great.
Lastly, the third layer will keep off wind, rain or snow, so buy jackets made of water resistant but breathable materials.
Add a pair or wool socks, two pairs of gloves, anti-fog and anti-impact ski goggles with UV protection, a polar balaclava, ski boots and a ski helmet (you can use it with your goggles and ski mask on). And, of course, you can’t forget your ski poles with adjustable straps.
How to Put Skis On
Put your skis on while standing on a non-skid flat surface and clean the excess of snow off your boots before adjusting them. In order to fix your boots to your skis, use your ski poles to keep your balance and push your heels back (one at a time) until you hear a click.
Warm Up Before Skiing
If you’re not used to doing exercise or you don’t warm up, you could suffer injuries while skiing, so we recommend doing this short warm up before gliding on the slopes:
Stand with your feet open at shoulders width to distribute your weight evenly.
Push your hips back and flex your knees and ankles repeatedly allowing your calves to rest on the tongue of your boots.
Make circles with your arms and head in order to promote mobility in your shoulders and neck.
Correct Ski Posture
While skiing, lean forward so you can have a better control of your body, and if you feel like you’re going to fall, lower your hip as if you were squatting and slide to your side so you don’t hurt neither your hip nor your spine.
Ask a ski instructor to check your form and technique and to help you put your equipment on. Follow his recommendations and enjoy the experience to the limit.