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Ski and mountain related Forum

Beginner - Best way to start skiing quickly?

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 Beginner - Best way to start skiing quickly?
Beginner - Best way to start skiing quickly?
by SkinnyMoe
on 18/09/2008 at 12:49:30
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Hi all,

I'm going to the Alps this winter for the first time in my life - never skied, never snowboarded before

Very excited!!

However, I'm only going there for a week and would like to manage to spend at least a couple days actually skiing, not just on my bum!

Any tips on how to manage that?
How long on average does it take to learn how to ski down a slope without falling down?
Re: Beginner - Best way to start skiing quickly?
by Winter-sports Gal
on 18/09/2008 at 13:04:56
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Hi SkinnyMoe!

Welcome to the Winter-sports forums!

Very glad to hear you're about to get bitten by the skiing bug!

As a starter, I suggest you browse our website. As you'll see, we have a whole section of Ski lessons that might help you get ready, at least theory-wise.

Also, read up on what kind of clothes and equipment you should take! www.wintersports.

Plus, make sure to read our
Re: Beginner - Best way to start skiing quickly?
by Winter-sports Gal
on 18/09/2008 at 13:11:24
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Hi SkinnyMoe!

Welcome to the Winter-sports forums!

Very glad to hear you're about to get bitten by the skiing bug!

As a starter, I suggest you browse our website. As you'll see, we have a whole section of Ski lessons that might help you get ready, at least theory-wise.

Also, read up on what kind of clothes and equipment you should take!

Plus, make sure to read our general safety tips to ensure your skiing experience is the best possible!

And most of all, HAVE FUN!
Re: Beginner - Best way to start skiing quickly?
by EFSki
on 18/09/2008 at 13:21:10
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SkinnyMoe wrote :

However, I'm only going there for a week and would like to manage to spend at least a couple days actually skiing, not just on my bum!

Any tips on how to manage that?


THat one is easy to answer

Take lessons!

Best way to get skiing... after all those who teach you are pros and they could probably teach you to ski with their eyes closed they've done it so many times! =)

And be persistant. It might be frustrating at first to keep falling down but you gotta keep at it. Only way to do it.

P.S it also helps if you're not completely out of shape. HINT HINT
Re: Beginner - Best way to start skiing quickly?
by Skinny Moe
on 18/09/2008 at 13:24:39
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Thanks for the advice.

Any one know if ski resorts usually offer adult classes? I don't want to end up with 4 year olds that will, no doubt, be much better than me at this!

Oh and could those be group classes? I'm going on my own so not too keen on one on one lessons, if you know what I mean.

Re: Beginner - Best way to start skiing quickly?
by BBgun
on 02/10/2008 at 11:55:00
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Yup, ski ressorts usually offer group lessons, unless you're willing to shell out more for your own personal tutor. Besides, doesn't look like you want to do that!

Where are you going btw? Depending on where you're going, teaching methods, etc are different.

Make sure you go for a ski resort that's adapted to Beginners, like Neiderau in Austria!
Re: Beginner - Best way to start skiing quickly?
by SkinnyMoe
on 02/10/2008 at 11:55:50
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Thanks for all the advice!

Quick (stupid?) question:

Will I be able to ski on my own at some point while having lessons?
Re: Beginner - Best way to start skiing quickly?
by BBGun
on 02/10/2008 at 11:58:34
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SkinnyMoe wrote :

Quick (stupid?) question:

Will I be able to ski on my own at some point while having lessons?


Hehe ^_^

Not stooopid at all... Very understanble actually!

Who wants to spend the entire trip falling down and on their ass?

Most likely, yes, you will be able to ski by yourself after having a few lessons. However it's a question of degree. I mean, there's always ways to improve, so....
I'm thinking take lessons to the point you're comfortable on the easiest/easier slopes, and then basta! It IS your first time, better enjoy!
Re: Beginner - Best way to start skiing quickly?
by Alberta
on 03/10/2008 at 11:05:05
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BBGun wrote :

It IS your first time, better enjoy!


Very true... Gotta agree with BBGun.

If you don't have fun, you won't want to return ever again and then what's the point of even going in the first place?

Trust me, skiing is fun. Even the falling is (sometimes), once you learn how to fall without hurting yourself. o_O

Good luck and make sure to let us know how it went when you come back
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