Skiing gives you a wonderful experience of sliding down the hills and you’ll enjoy it a lot. But there are some widely spread statements about skiing that are not actually true. It’s good to know about such myths so that you should stop believing them and get to know about the actual truth. There might be too many myths, but let’s discuss some common myths about skiing, which are listed below:
MYTH: IT’S THE RICH PEOPLE’S ACTIVITY/SPORT
FACT: One of the most common myths about skiing is that this activity is meant for rich people because it’s extremely expensive i.e. cost of resort, lift-pass fee, costing of skis, poles, bindings, and other essentials, cost of meals, and then the rent of the hotel where you stay. In actuality, it gets expensive only if you’ll choose a 5-star hotel to stay in, buy branded clothing and equipment, and choose the best resort for skiing during the on-season. But with smart planning, you can easily enjoy skiing in your budget by cutting down the unnecessary expenses like buy normal-range clothing, get your equipment on rent (especially if you occasionally go skiing), choose a medium resort, better to go at the starting or the end of the on-season, carry your own snacks with you, buy hotel nearby which costs you less, make a booking where you’ll get good offers or discounts, etc. Just be smart to look out the ways and enjoy your ski trip by spending less.
MYTH: YOUR SKI-BOOTS SHOULD BE TIGHT ENOUGH TO HURT YOU
FACT: Your ski boots should be very tight that you get hurt so that you can get a good grip on your skis. This is nothing but one of the strange myths that actually wide-spreads a lot. But the fact is: It should not be too tight or should not be too loose fitted. It should be good-fitting i.e. when you insert your feet in the boot, pick the size in which the toe of your feet touches the boot, but should not hurt you while moving around. As, the fitting of your ski boots plays a very important role in your performance, so pick the size of your ski boots very carefully.
MYTH: SKIING IS JUST FOR YOUNGSTERS
FACT: Just keep that stupid myth out from your mind that skiing is just for the youngsters. The fact is that age is just a number and you can learn anything including skiing even if you get old. All you need is to prepare yourself for skiing i.e. good to strengthen your muscles, take proper lessons, follow precautions carefully, learn the technique, don’t rush and you can learn to slide down the snowy hills with your skis. Start slowly and keep practicing to enjoy the experience of skiing even if getting old or as a small kid.
MYTH: I DON’T NEED LESSONS OR INSTRUCTORS, AS I GET IT LEARNT FROM THE ONLINE PLATFORM
FACT: If you learned the technique from the online platform or heard the basics of skiing from your friend or other family members, even then you need to take proper lessons from the instructor as a beginner. Actually, instructors have a lot of experience and patience, so they guide you very properly and even watch you closely to tell you your mistakes, where you can improve, what you should do, and will tell you which route you should prefer and which to avoid. Some little useful things and proper technique can only be explained by the instructor, so better to take proper lessons from the instructor to build up a strong foundation for skiing.
MYTH: SKIING IS DANGEROUS
FACT: Most people have this misconception that skiing is a dangerous sport/activity. But the complete fact is if you’ll not take proper lessons, use proper equipment and follow proper guidelines, then only then you’ll have more chance of getting injured and becomes dangerous (just like any other activity like driving a car without knowing how to drive). As, if you’ll follow all the guidelines and take proper lessons, then it’s a completely safe and enjoyable sport/activity. Do consider some basic things and you are all safe in snowy mountains.
MYTH: FOR POWDER SKIING, YOU NEED TO LEAN BACK
FACT: One of the other statements about skiing is to lean back while powder skiing to control your skis, which is nothing but a misconception. Actual the fact is: always place your body weight at the center, which actually helps you control your movement and skis in a better way and even minimize the chance of falling or getting injured. While powder skiing, just keeps your body weight at the center (not towards forward and not towards backward) and try to use a narrow stance strategy for a better sliding experience in powder or deep snow.
MYTH: FOR TURNING, MAKE USE OF YOUR SHOULDERS
FACT: Most people believe that while skiing, they can easily make turns by using their upper body i.e. shoulders. But in actuality, it’ll not be going to work. Even if it does, you’ll not get control and hold on to your skis. The fact is: use the technique where you use your lower body i.e. knees, ankles, and feet to make turns so that you’ll have more control over your movement and on your skis. This is actually the proper technique of making turns.
MYTH: YOU DON’T NEED TO APPLY SUNSCREEN IN THESE SNOW MOUNTAINS
FACT: This is nothing but one of the other misconceptions: as it’s too cold out there in the snowy hills, so you don’t need to apply sunscreen. But the fact is: The UV rays over there are actually more adverse and harmful than it looks. And, sunscreen is one of the main essentials that you should have or apply before hitting the snowy hills. Otherwise, your skin may get badly damaged by the UV rays and you end up getting goggle marks. So, do apply sunscreen and protect your skin from harmful UV rays.