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this weekend...any advice? tuck and roll?
Don't eat the yellow snow
I plan on making a lot of yellow snow
take a lesson ;)...haha oh and learn how to stop
Little hand says it's time to rock and roll.
The courses are color coded.
Black is for Beginner.
Make sure you go straight to the black diamond slopes they are easier
Take a 1 on 1 lesson. It's worth it. And be patient. You're probably gonna suck at first. Don't give up.
Use the short skis without the poles and dont go too high unless you don't like your knees
Your first time will be cold because you will fall a lot. It gets easier though. I love it. Make sure your gloves can tuck under your sleeve somehow to keep snow away from your hands. Good luck.
I heard the double blacks are super easy
Went for the first time over new years. It's pretty tough and I felt like I'd done about 10 rounds in a UFC fight for a couple days after. Get ready to feel as uncoordinated as a new born giraffe with skates on.
take a practice run on the beginner's course. Learn the meaning of the term "snow plow". Hop on the lift and head straight to the top and exit left on the black diamond. Learn to pick your skiis up and turn them on the mogouls. You'll bust your ass plenty but have it licked by lunch time. by the afternoon of the first day you will be a down hill racer. Don't fear it, live it.
Get wrist guards. You will fall...a lot
Post Session Hot Tub!
Stay forward when you are skiing. Imagine there is a penny between your shin and the boot and keep your shins pressed forward so as to keep the penny from falling. This makes it much easier to initiate turns and you'll have better balance. Also, try to keep your shoulders pointed downhill. Turning is all about transferring your weight; the skis will pretty much turn themselves after that. Have fun. Where are you going?
Forget skiing. Go for the snowboard.
Keep your knees bent. Stay loose.
Ask a beginner if the double blacks are super easy. You might get a different answer.
Two very valuable tecniques which are easy to learn:
1. Keep your knees bent at all times and keep your butt as close to the ground as possible. This gives you mobility and stability, sorta like a linebacker.
2. Learn the fanny plow. All instructors will teach you the snow plow, which is fine, but if you really, really need to turn or stop in a hurry, there is no better method than the right or left fanny plow. While in your knees bent and crouched position, just sit down on your right or left cheek, whichever one is more uphill than the other. It may not look too graceful, but it works like a charm every time. Plus it will save you from a lot of face plants, which really look and feel bad.
This post was edited by 22Cock 2 years ago
If you don't have ski clothes, rent a bib along with your equipment. Wet, frozen jeans are miserable. You want shorter, softer skis with a wide shovel. Take a lesson. You'll learn to turn out of the snowplow position. If you put weight on the left ski, you'll turn right and vice versa. I don't care how strong your legs are, they aren't stronger than gravity, so learn to let the skis do the work they are designed for. You can't overpower the mountain. Its like learning to let your golf clubs do their work, instead of trying to smash the ball 300 yards every time. You have no friction and the way to create it is by turning and using the edges of the skis. Its not like water skiing, either. If you're going somewhere in the east you'll have to deal with eastern boilerplate ice. Its not that bad. Glide over it on the flats of your skis until you learn how to set an edge. I hope you're going to the Rockies. Great snow and the lift lines aren't interminable. Have fun. You'll get hooked.
What he said!
You can't see! I can't see! All that matters is can the f*&%ing horse see! That's a raid!
You made me laugh on a Friday morning. Many thanks.
We call it skiing when a girl sits between 2 guys in a car.
That's all I have to add.
Best advice is have fun. It is really not a difficult thing to enjoy even for beginners. I have not been in a long time but I used to go alot. Took alot of friends on their first trip. If you have decent balance and coordination you will be ok. I had one friend who was the can't-walk-and-chew-gum typ and he was the only one that struggled. The rest were hitting the top of the mountain by the end of their first trip. Now it may not be the prettiest skiing anyone has ever seen but it will be fun. Just keep standing up.
Where are you going? Big difference between NC skiing (or ice skating) and plowing through powder out west.
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