Do you really need instructor if skiing for the first time?
Replies: 8 - Last Post: Feb 20, 2013 7:15 AM Last Post By: vasenka
Dec 17, 2012 8:48 AM
Do you really need instructor if skiing for the first time?Do I really need instructor if skiing for the first time?
Actually, I am a fast learner. But my question is is it possible to learn skiing only with help of explanation and watching videos?
Also, please some advice about clothes? If you do not do this professionally, do you need ski outfit?
Dec 18, 2012 5:54 AM
1Yes you do need an instructor not only for your own safety but for everybody else who will have to avoid you. I supposed it is up to you what you wear but I would recommend ski clothes this does not have to be a racing suit, but sallopettes (trousers) and a ski jacket, gloves are important and a helmet and goggles (the helmet you can rent).
Dec 19, 2012 1:15 AM
Dec 19, 2012 1:56 AM
3it really depends on the person i skied x-country before downhill skiing, so haven't learnt the basics on a pair of skinny ski's it was very easy for me to pick up downhill skiing. I would say the best thing to do is do 5 days ski school with a group and see where you are after that. 1 pair of good gloves is sufficient although depends when and where you are skiing. Good luck it can be very enjoyable
Dec 20, 2012 9:27 PM
4You definitely need to take lessons. I probably took the equivalent of 5 days ski school before I could ski beginner slopes rather awkwardly and without posing a risk to others. One of the things I hate most on slopes is to hear a panicked beginner, novice, screaming and out of control further up the slope. Some unpleasant collisions I have seen have been with novice skiers not knowing how to turn, stop etc and then colliding into others.
I learned to ski over 20 years ago and I still take 2 half day private ski lessons every year. It just increases my knowledge and enjoyment.
I usually only take one pair of ski gloves.
Dec 21, 2012 4:17 AM
Jan 30, 2013 9:18 AM
6Yes, get some lessons.
You only need one pair of gloves, but make sure you dry them out every night (eg. leave them on a radiator overnight) as they get sweaty.
If you have frineds who ski or used to ski, ask them whether they have any gear you can borrow. It's surprising what people have lying around in cupboards.
Jan 30, 2013 9:09 PM
7Lessons are recommended to get the basics. As far as gear is concerned you need something that won't soak up the snow, gloves, head covering and sun glasses. I usually ski in waterproof overtrousers over track suit pants and long underwear and a nylon rain jacket over a wooly jumper. Works fine and they both roll up very small so don't take up space.
Feb 20, 2013 7:15 AM
8You need an instructor ...or a friend to help for the first few times...to learn how to snow plow and reduce speed which all beginners want to do...
And later to slice and jump off or release the downhill ski to execute a turn...
Ski Movies...? Not really helpful... Watching and Doing are completely different... You have to feel it...not see it...
Actually ski lessons even at the intermediate or higher level can be helpful...
Skiing is counter-intuitive in many ways.... By that I mean you need to have the confidence to do just the opposite of what your brain is telling you to do....!
For example the best way to ski a mogul is "over the top" or on the side ... while facing downhill...! And NOT to set your skis in a sideways position as if to stop...! That only sends you in a "death traverse" over the bumps...until your crash... Not fun...!
Powder skiing is different...its "two footed"...a totally different technique...
Eventually the skis will not be able to "fool" you... They will become like your feet...
Only then will you really know how to ski....
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