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7 Things To Know Before Your First Ski Trip

Consider these tips before taking to the slopes for the first time


Not to be entirely too cliché but everyone knows what they say: there’s a first time for everything. Remember trying to ride a bike without training wheels for the first time? Good, then you understand how frustrating tackling a new skill or sport for the first time can be.

And to all the first-time skiers out there, I hate to be the one to break it to you, but unless you happen to be inexplicably gifted, the first time you strap on a pair of skis will probably be an exasperating experience. And by that I mean, get ready to spend a lot of time on your bottom. (And struggling greatly to stand back up, too.)

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On your way up the lift for the first time, you’ll look down at the other skiers as they effortlessly swoosh back and forth down the steep slopes and think to yourself, “they make it look so easy.” But don’t be fooled by appearances. Yes, skiing can be a graceful sport, but if it’s your first time on the snow chances are your form will be anything but elegant.

That’s OK, though. I promise that you'll still have fun. With a good instructor and few practice runs on the bunny slopes you’ll pick the sport up in no time. Use the following seven tips as your official first-time ski trip survival guide and you’ll be a pro by the end of the weekend. (Maybe.)

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