Beginner Skiing Tips

You've watched the downhill racers in the Olympics and you're finally ready to try skiing for the first time. Before you head out on the ski slopes for the first time you'll want to check out these beginner skiing tips. Sure you can struggle through your first day but if you follow these tips you'll have more fun and will become a better skier faster.

  • Make sure you have all of the right equipment - Beyond renting skis be sure you have proper waterproof ski pants, plenty of layers, a ski helmet and goggles. Sure you could ski in jeans but they'll be cold and wet. If you don't have enough warm clothing you won't be having much fun. Also, a helmet could save your life and proper eye protection is important.

  • Have the right sized equipment - Know how to fit ski equipment. Even if you rent ski equipment, ski shops will often put you in whatever sized equipment is available. Before you buy any equipment or even rent equipment be sure you know how to fit ski boots, how to find the right length of skis and can size ski poles.

  • Take a lesson - Seriously, it's worth a little extra money to learn from a professional. At least sign up for a half-day ski lesson and learn the basics. It'll be worth it.

  • Have some patience - Hopefully you'll pick it up quickly and you can start putting some turns together at the end of the day but if not, relax. Take your time and learn the right way to do it. In the long run it will pay off to take your time.

  • Take breaks - Sure, you want to get good right away and you want to get the most out of the money you spent on the lift ticket, but relax and take some time to not overdo it. If it's cold outside go inside the lodge for a few minutes. Take breaks and be sure you don't strain your leg muscles.

  • Do it again - Like many new skills, it takes time to really pick it up. If you want to get good at skiing you'll have to do it often. Once a year isn't enough. Get back on the slopes as soon as possible.


Hopefully you found these beginner skiing tips helpful. For more information on skiing and ski gear check out these sources:

Skiing Buying Guide
Dressing for Winter Activities
Layering Guide
5 Ways to Save Money on a Ski Vacation
3 Exercises for Ski Season Training
Top US Ski Resort Destinations


*Featured image by Jereme Rauckman. This image was modified.
Andy Hawbaker
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Andy is a hiker, backpacker, snowboarder and outdoor fanatic. When he isn't exploring the Rocky Mountains, burning marshmallows or scratching his dog behind the ear, he shares his experiences here on the Sierra Trading Post Blog.
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