You may be super excited about skiing as a beginner, but you may also have lots of questions or doubts in your mind, which you actually need to clear off. Like: If it’s safe to ski?, Which is easier: skiing or snowboarding?, How to keep me warm and cozy? and many more. It’s not just about skiing, but if you step-in in any sport/activity, then as a beginner who has lots of things going on in your mind, which is normal. Don’t stress out, just clear off your doubts, and stay confident. In this article, we are going to discuss some most commonly asked questions about skiing as a first-timer, which are listed below:
WHAT ARE THE RISKS OF SKIING? IS IT UNSAFE OR SAFE TO SKI?
As a beginner, if you’ll not take proper lessons, will not properly learn the technique, not using proper equipment, and not choosing the place wisely, then you’ll be at risk of getting injured. Some common injuries are hypothermia, twisting of bones, head injury, etc., which is mainly caused due to falling, hitting, getting out of speed control, or not using proper clothing. Now if we are talking about its safety, then it’s quite safe to ski on the snowy mountains. Just make sure you take proper precautions like learn the technique properly, be in your ability, always wear a helmet, and be in the safe zone.
WHAT DO I NEED TO WEAR TO STAY WARM?
As it’s too cold out there when you go out skiing or for any other winter activity. So, it’s always suggested to wear clothes in layers i.e. base layer, middle layer, and then waterproof jacket on top of everything. Do choose the fabric of your clothes wisely i.e. prefer clothes that make you stay warm as well as dry, so that you’ll not get wet in case you’ll fall while skiing. And do wear headgear and waterproof gloves to keep yourself warm.
WHAT ARE THE ESSENTIALS FOR SKIING?
If you go skiing as a first-timer, then do consider the essential checklist, which makes you warm, comfortable, and you can focus more to learn to ski. The list of essentials is beginner’s skis, poles, bindings, helmets, ski boots, layered clothing, waterproof jacket, goggles, headgear, waterproof gloves, a backpack which includes snacks; water bottle; sunscreen; medical kit, and miscellaneous. Just do the research, pack your bag and get ready for sliding down the hills with your skis.
WHICH IS EASIER: SKIING OR SNOWBOARDING?
This is one of the most commonly asked questions. The answer to this question is: it depends upon your interest and your ability. For some skiing interests them the most and hence feel skiing is easier, while for others snowboarding attracts them the most and feel snowboarding is easier. But if we are talking about the technique of learning the two, then in general skiing is easier to learn as a beginner, but gets difficult to master. And snowboarding gets a little difficult to learn as a beginner but gets easier to master.
DO I NEED TO TAKE MY SKIS ON RENT OR PURCHASE IT?
As a beginner, it’s always suggested starting your activity including skiing by taking equipment on rent. As you are totally new to this activity, so you hardly know which skis are going to work for you and either ski is your sport or snowboarding is your sport. For that, it’s good to get started by taking your skis on rent and even it gets convenient for you as well. You can think about purchasing it once you have clarity in your mind about the type of skiing that interests you the most and how often you go skiing.
IS IT IMPORTANT TO TAKE SKI LESSONS?
If you are totally new to this activity, then you should take ski lessons. These lessons basically help you clear your basics, learn the technique of skiing, help you maintain balance, and even how to control the speed or make turns while skiing. All these instructions will guide you to stay safe while skiing and minimize the chances of getting injured. Although it’s not compulsory to take lessons, it works great to make a good foundation to get started with skiing.
WHAT IS THE MEANING OF SKI SIGNS AND COLORS?
When you go skiing, then you should know about the meaning of the ski signs, so that you’ll wisely choose the slope as per your ability. In general, there are four symbols of different colors i.e. Green Circle (Green runs are not too steep and are groomed areas, so it best suits for the beginners), Blue Square (If you can comfortably and easily slide in the green run, then you can switch to a blue run i.e. slopes are little steeper and are good for the intermediates), Black Diamond (Black runs are quite steeper with moguls and ungroomed areas, so are considered difficult trails for skiing), and Double Black Diamond (In double black diamond runs, the level of difficulty increases by having obstacles on the way, hence are best suited for experts only).
WHICH SHOULD I PREFER: LONGER OR SHORTER SKIS?
Longer skis are heavier, so they tend to stay stable and faster while sliding down the snowy hills. They are best for powder skiing and deep-snow skiing. But it gets difficult to make sharp turns with longer skis. They are mainly meant for aggressive skiers, and not for beginners.
Shorter skis are lighter, so you can easily make sharp turns with this. It gets easier for you to manage short skis as a beginner. But they are not meant for fast skiing i.e. they work great for slow speed skiing.
Conclusion: Shorter skis get easily managed and are good to make turns, so best suits for beginners. Whereas longer skis are best for speed skiing, hence are good for high-level skiers.
ARE HELMETS COMPULSARY?
In some regions (or some resorts), helmets are compulsory especially for children, while in others it’s not. But you should always wear a helmet when you go skiing or snowboarding. It helps a lot to protect you from a head injury (the major injury) in case you collide, fall, or get hit by other skiers. Do protect your head by wearing a helmet and stay safe while skiing. With little protection, you’ll have more fun and be more confident while sliding down the snowy hills.