5 RECOMMENDATIONS TO HELP YOU START SKIING AS A “GROWN-UP” IN SAFETY
Skiing is one of the most popular winter sports, often learned since childhood.
It’s still possible to start skiing as an adult, however, to enjoy the typical companionship of the snow, the excitement of the descent and breathtaking views of the mountains.
Being an adult beginner isn’t as hard as it seems, you just need to follow some useful tips. Here are 5 recommendations to help you start skiing as a “grown-up” in safety.
1. Choose the right equipment.
It may seem obvious, but having the right skis to start with is essential. Ideally you should ask a professional for advice before buying or renting a pair. It’s best, however, to begin with skis that are no longer than your own height and about 5 cm wide. Skis of this size are more manageable and easier to use.
2. Take lessons from a professional instructor.
It’s advisable, especially for your first times on skis, to ask an instructor to teach you the fundamental movements – such as braking and turning – to overcome your initial fear and gain confidence from safe descents.
3. Be patient.
It’s important not to hurry! When you start gaining confidence in your descents you must still exercise caution, avoiding over-difficult pistes and not going too fast. This could be risky for yourself but also for others.
4. Suitable physical preparation.
To avoid nasty injuries you should warm up before going on the pistes, preparing the body beforehand with specific workouts especially for the legs.
5. Don’t be afraid to be afraid.
Especially at first, it’s normal to experience a sense of fear when tackling the most “demanding” descents. It’s good to remember that this affects everyone, even professionals and more expert skiers, and it is precisely this “fear” that helps you stay safe.