This article was published on March 23rd, 2013
Downhill skiing and snowboarding is thrilling adventure. You can whisk downhill, carving up the snow, dash in-and-out of the trees, fly over jumps, and sink waist deep into powder snow. If you’ve never tried downhill skiing, or it’s been a few years since you’ve been on skis or a snowboard, here are some tips on what you need to know:
- Instead of purchasing new skis, boots, poles, and other ski gear, plan on renting. You’ll want to try out the sport to make sure you enjoy it before you lay down the cash to own your own. This way, if you decide it’s not for you, you haven’t laid down a huge financial commitment.
- Register for a beginner lesson. Most ski areas and resorts offer a learn to ski program taught by certified instructors. In a two-hour ski or snowboard lesson you’ll learn the basics of how to go down hill, turn, and stop. This short lesson will take the frustration out of learning on your own or from a friend and allow you to enjoy the rest of the day out on the mountain exploring the green runs.
- Dress warm and in layers. Mornings can be cool on the mountain so you’ll want to dress warm, but as the afternoon sun comes out, you’ll warm up and want to shed a layer or two. Wear a toque, gloves or mitts, a scarf, warm jacket, turtle neck, base layer, long johns, snow pants and warm socks. Stay away from cotton because it absorbs moisture and doesn’t breath. Do not wear jeans because they don’t allow flexibility into your legs, which will be working the entire way down the hill. If it’s sunny or foggy, wear goggles or polarized sunglasses.
- Learn with a friend. Learning to ski or snowboard with a friend is more enjoyable, especially when the lesson is over and you can spend the rest of the day on the mountain. Take photos of each other learning to ski/snowboard and at safe stopping points on the mountain such at the top of the chairlift, the village centre or at the run signs.
- Stick to beginner runs. Beginner runs are commonly marked with green circles on mountain maps. Green runs are the easiest runs; they are wide and gentle. Experienced skiers and snowboarders know to watch out for beginners and will leave plenty of space. Blue runs are more challenging; they aren’t as wide and often have rolling hills, bumps, and more trees. Black and double-black diamond runs are the steepest runs and are very narrow. These are for experienced skiers and snowboarders who know how to navigate difficult terrain.
- Make a weekend out of it. Going for a ski weekend is a lot of fun. After a morning of lessons and a day on the mountain enjoying a number of runs, you can sit back and relax on a patio for après ski (drinks), followed by dinner at an on-mountain restaurant, and a hot tub to relax your aching muscles.
It’s that easy! Following these simple tips will help make your first time fun and gear you into a life-long skier or snowboarder.
Big White Ski Resort, located 56km (35mi), south east of Kelowna, BC, in the Thompson Okanagan. It’s a great resort to learn how to ski and snowboard. There are lots of affordable accommodation choices, fantastic spring skiing conditions, certified instructors, and have a wide-range of dining options. Central Reservations has spring skiing packages that include free lift tickets and ski-in/ski-out accommodations starting at $51 per person – call 1-800-663-2772 for details.
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