Before you know it, winter is here, and this means fun times out in the snow! One great snow activity you can engage in is skiing. If you know very little about skiing but want to try it, here are some basics you should learn.
As skiing involves cold weather, speed, and altitude, it requires a lot of gear. For the actual activity, there must be skis, boots, and poles. You may want a pair of Tecnica Mach1 120 boots. You’ll also need protective equipment, including a helmet, goggles, gloves, a back protector, and some pads. Of course, a ski jacket, pants, socks, thermal layers, and a scarf should be on hand to keep you warm.
Balancing in the snow is difficult, and it is more difficult if you have boots and skis on? You need to learn a basic yet very stable skiing stance. The snow plough will require you to get your feet shoulder-width apart but with your toes pointing inwards, which should make your skis form a triangle. With your arms outstretched, your knees and waist must be slightly bent to balance your weight evenly on the balls and heels of your feet.
For sure, you’ll hear the word “piste” when you finally go skiing. It’s French for “trail” or “track.” In skiing, it refers to the marked slope or downward path prepared for snow activities. There are signs marking the trails, showing a track’s difficulty level, so pay attention to them. Depending on the steepness, turns, and terrain, a piste is usually rated as follows: green circle – easy; blue square – intermediate; black diamond – advanced; and double black diamond – expert.
Try to go skiing this winter. It’s a fun and exciting snow activity. Before you do, however, learn as much as you can about it to help you pick up the sport more quickly.