First time: what you need to know if you are going to a ski resort for the first time

It’s never too late to start skiing. If this is your first time this winter season, keep a few tips.

Everyone dreams of riding with the breeze along a steep track. But before you climb the mountain and get on the skis, you should carefully prepare for the trip. So what does a beginner skier need to know?


Skis / snowboards, boots, poles, goggles and all related accessories can of course be rented on site, but keep in mind that the prices at the resorts can hurt you. Therefore, if you do not have the equipment yet, then decide before the trip which of the above you will take with you, and which you will rent on the spot.


The most important point. Of course, you need a special riding suit, plus boots, gloves and glasses. Hats-scarves are purchased at your discretion.

For those who have never skied or board, we recommend renting a suit. This is in case you feel that skating is not yours at all.

When choosing equipment, pay attention to the following parameters:

  • water resistance – an indicator of 5000 mm will be sufficient;
  • vapor permeability – not less than 5000 mm / m2x24h;
  • boots should fit snugly around the leg, but not press or dangle. Also check that the heel does not come off the insole when climbing to the toe. Rigidity also matters: for beginners, shoes made of non-rigid plastic are suitable;
  • when choosing boots, give preference to models with metal fasteners: the chance that they will suffer from a fall is an order of magnitude lower than that of plastic ones;
  • buy special ski socks. Their length should be higher than the boot, while making sure that they do not form folds on the leg.
  • it is better to take mirrored glasses. If you wear eyeglasses, then special models are provided for such cases;
  • Bring waterproof trekking boots, warm gloves and a spare hat with you.

Food: what to take with you?

Of course, it’s not worth taking a month’s supply of food with you, because a vacation in the mountains is also a tasting of local cuisine. But you will definitely not regret taking a healthy snack on the track: chocolate, nuts and dried fruits. Don’t forget about tea and coffee. Your favorite drink in a thermos on the slope is a million times tastier than at home or in a cafe.

First aid kit to the mountains

Going to the mountains, take out insurance. If necessary, you will be reimbursed for the doctor’s services, the cost of drugs and hospital stay. Pack your regular travel first aid kit, of course. What medicines should I take with me?

  • Pain reliever.
  • Anti-stretch cream or ointment.
  • Ointment with a warming effect in case of muscle “soreness”.
  • Plaster and elastic bandage.
  • High SPF sunscreen for face (choose special winter version).

How to ride the drag?

It is good when the ski resort has a chair lift. It will be enough to network, relax and hold your equipment tightly. But in many resorts, drag lifts are more common, with which everything is not so simple.

Such hoists are of several types: anchor (popularly – “mop”) and disc (“plate”). Try very hard to make friends with them.

So, in front of you is a yoke. Don’t be alarmed. Watch the other riders get to the starting point and try again.

Do not reach for the yoke, otherwise you may lose your balance. Grasp the barbell only when it is slightly closer than at arm’s length. Get ready for a dash. It is at this moment that many fall. If this happens to you, immediately release the yoke, crawl to the side, and then return to the start. It should work next time.

Try not to lose your balance when climbing on the rope. Skiers need to keep their feet together with their toes pointed straight ahead. Snowboarders need to be careful not to get caught in the edge and, if necessary, go around rocks or bumps.

It is recommended to master the yoke with two legs fastened to the board, so it is safer. But usually riders climb with one leg strapped on. This should be the dominant foot, the one that is more comfortable to steer. Try to shift your center of gravity slightly to your dominant foot. If you load the back, the board will begin to unfold.

To get off the lift, just pull the yoke slightly with your hand, releasing the tension. Now simply release the mop or saucer and release the tow at the top.


First time at a ski resort: what you need to know?

  • Going to the slope, familiarize yourself with the markings of the routes. So, it is best to learn on the “green” slopes – they are the simplest, with a gentle wide slope, ideal for beginners. The “blue” track is also one of the simple ones, with gentle sections, although there may be irregularities, but without jumps and differences in height. “Red” slopes are of medium difficulty, with a steep descent along the entire length or with alternating gentle and steep sections. These are more suitable for those who ski confidently. Only pros are allowed on the “black” tracks, as these tracks have steep descents, sharp changes in height, and you need to be able to maneuver and make jumps.
  • On the slope, do not exceed your speed and try to stay at a sufficient distance from others to have time to avoid a fallen or maneuvering skier.
  • If you run into someone or something, be sure to check for damage.
  • Don’t stop on the track without an important reason. If you fall, try to quickly move to a place where you will not bump into anyone.
  • When climbing or descending on foot, stay close to the edges of the trail.
  • Warm up a little before riding to warm up your muscles. This will help prevent cramps and sprains.
  • If possible, try not to ride with a backpack. The extra weight on your back changes your posture and makes it harder for you to balance.
  • Bring your ski resort map with you. It will show not only the lifts and slopes, but also the first aid points.


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