Skiing for Beginners: What to Wear, Where to Go, and How to Learn to Ski
Being a newcomer to skiing can be intimidating, especially as you get older. Sure, when you’re a kid, the mountains look massive. But as you age, you better understand the risks and may have anxieties about old injuries flaring up. Fortunately, you can take up skiing at any age and still have a good time! Unless your doctor says skiing is definitely a no-go, there’s no reason you can’t get out and do it. With our tips below, skiers of all ages and experience levels can prevent injuries and have a comfortable, safe day on the slopes.
Ski Gear for Beginners
If you’re just getting started, it makes the most sense to rent ski equipment the first few times you hit the slopes. That’s because ski equipment can be a big investment, and deciding what skis and boots are best for your body and skillset is much easier after you’ve tried a few options. If you’re set on buying your own gear, we recommend going to a ski and snowboard shop rather than purchasing online, so a store associate can help ensure a good fit.
The basic gear you need for skiing includes:
● Skis (Obviously!)
● Ski boots
● Ski poles
● Ski helmet
Again, if you’re looking to rent, all of the gear above can typically be found in the rental shop at most ski resorts. We recommend asking an employee or one of your experienced friends or family members for assistance finding the right skis, boots, and ski poles.
What to Wear Skiing
Along with your ski gear, you’ll need the right clothing to stay comfortable and warm. On any given day in the mountains, it could be windy, cold, sunny, rainy, cloudy, or snowy. If you’re prepared for the worst, you won’t have to suffer through being underdressed!
Reading online reviews can help you narrow down the specific clothing and goggles brands other skiers recommend. The basic items you’ll need include:
● Ski/snow pants (don’t even think about skiing in jeans!)
● Long underwear
● Mid-layers (clothing between your long underwear and outer layer. We recommend materials that insulate and wick away sweat.)
● Tall socks
● Water-resistant gloves
● Neck gaiter
● Ski goggles
Where Beginners Should Ski
Like most aspects of skiing, where you should ride depends largely on your budget. But even if money isn’t a concern, it’s smart to check out affordable hills in your area first, since you don’t yet have the skills to ski many of the difficult runs.
On the other hand, large ski resorts offer major benefits for beginners too. Two reasons:
1. They almost always offer ski school–more on that below.
2. They typically feature runs for all experience levels (great for beginners skiing with large groups!), and keep beginners safe by separating beginner and expert terrain.
If you can find an affordable large ski resort in your area, even better. Pssst… check out Whitecap Mountains Resort for the destination ski resort experience at a lower price tag!
Why You Should Take a Ski Lesson
As with all sports, skiing can lead to injuries. Taking the appropriate safety measures can help ensure you have a fun and safe day on the mountains.
If you’re a beginner, ski lessons are a no-brainer. Learning from a real ski instructor is the best way to master the basic techniques and prevent injuries. On top of that, instructors can teach you how to get up when you fall down, how to get on a chair lift, how to ride a tow rope, and more – all while saving you from crying and screaming at your more experienced friends and relatives who ski!
A few other quick safety tips for skiers:
● Always wear a helmet designed for skiing.
● Make sure your boots fit properly and bindings are adjusted correctly. Your boots should feel tight, but not so tight they cut off circulation or cause pressure points.
● Follow all trail rules, and stay on the designated beginner trails.
● Take a break or quit when you’re tired. Most ski-related injuries occur after your body and muscles are fatigued.
People of all ages and ability levels can participate in skiing and snowboarding at Whitecap Mountains Resort! Check us out for year-round family recreation, lodging, and down-home hospitality in Northern Wisconsin.