4 Tips to Improve Your Skills on the Mountain

Enjoy the snowy mountains and explore the variety of terrain with confidence


Enjoy the snowy mountains and explore the variety of terrain with confidence. Whether you are just learning how to ski or snowboard or you’re already an expert, there is always something that you can do to improve your skills.

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A lesson with a professional instructor is one of the best ways to develop and enhance your skills. Your instructor is your mountain guide – teaching you, guiding you and helping you improve.

Some of the top ski and snowboard instructors from across the country — Professional Ski and Snowboard Instructors of America and the American Association of Snowboard Instructors — are here to give you a few tips to improve your skills on the mountain.


1. Make Sure Your Boots Are Snug: “Having a snug fit inside your ski boots will help you get to the next level, it keeps your feet from sliding around and your heels from lifting when walking,” says Brian Smith, PSIA Alpine Team Member. “This will help you control your skis and boost your performance.”


2. Don’t be Nervous or Intimidated to Ask for Help:  “Over the years, I’ve had students tell me that they were nervous or intimidated about showing up for a lesson,” says Robin Barnes, PSIA Alpine Team. “Please know that as instructors, we never judge your ski and snowboard skills, we are here to help you learn. We love what we do and are stoked that you're coming to see us to help you enjoy the sport and the mountains even more.” Relax and have fun.  “We all know that the best skier and snowboarder is the one with the biggest smile at the bottom of each run, he says.

3. Think About Your Goals:  “Come with an idea of what you want to accomplish and then be ready to practice the fundamentals you have yet to master,” says David Lawrence, PSIA Nordic Team Coach. “The ability you seek resides in the fundamentals!”

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4. It’s Better With a Guide Than on Your Own: “Now that you already know how to ski or snowboard, we’ll help you improve on your current skills, AND cut lift lines, show you special powder stashes on the hill, share the culture of the mountains, share great conversation on the lifts, and maybe even become friends,” says Robin Barnes, PSIA Alpine Team. “The value of the experience when shared with a ski or snowboard teacher is a great one!”


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