Your First Time on Skis
When you're reading up on how to ski, the advice can seem very technical. How to put your weight ‘here but not there' or leaning ‘one way but not too much'. While this can help some people it can simply confuse others and is rarely a good way to first get your head (and body) around the basics of skiing.
The best advice is to not over-think the technical side of skiing, because it's all about getting the feel of it... and once you have, you're away!
Give yourself a very gentle introduction. Before you hit the slopes, practice walking and sliding around on a flat area, to get a feel for the snow, putting one ski in front of the other. Be sure to go to a nursery slope or area reserved specifically for beginners, where you can benefit from a little trial and error in a safe place.
It's a good way to get used to having big long planks under your feet and is a good idea to warm you up before your first lesson, but the real key to learning to ski is professional instruction. Ask our specialists about lessons when they're helping you choose your ski holiday.
How to carry & put on skis
How to carry skis safely: When you're carrying your skis around the resort, you don't want one in each hand. Face the bottom of your skis towards each other with one slightly higher than the other, bring them together and slide the higher ski down. The skis should join together with their breaks overlapping. Hold the skis carefully so that the breaks don't slip away. Carry them wrapped under your arm or over your shoulder (with one of the ski's bindings resting behind your shoulder). This leaves your other hand free for ski poles which you can also loop over your wrist if easier.
How to put on skis: Before putting on your skis, get rid of any snow on your boots by scraping them across the bindings on your skis, or tapping them with your poles. Put the front of your boot in the binding first and step down firmly with your heel until the boot clicks into place and is held in properly. To take your skis off, you need to press down on the back of your bindings, behind your heel (you can use your pole to help) and the bindings will release.