Nothing matches the exhilaration of snow crystals hitting your face as you carve out trails in the deep, rugged snow on a pair of skis. Slaloming down the snow-covered slopes makes one feel like they could take off; the tonic mountain air and the crisp, soothing sunshine. Skiing is a wonderful way of discovering your capabilities as you have fun at the same time. The best part about skiing is not getting to the end of a run, but on all the things that happen in the process. As you become more skilled, it becomes a way of expressing yourself. You just keep going and navigating through challenges until you become a skilled skier with lots of cool moves and skills. Once you reach the bottom, you get the instinctive feeling of being invincible; that you can conquer almost anything. It is also a multigenerational sport. You may not be able to play basketball with your mum, but skiing can be enjoyed with friends and family – grandma included.
It is a clean, physical activity that will not cake you in mud or rough up your beautiful hair. Skiing is a great activity which presents many opportunities for socializing and making new friends. It’s probably the only sport that allows you to shout “I’m single!” while in the line and potentially find a match. Best of all, it burns lots of calories helping you to lose the extra weight even as you enjoy yourself. The most important thing to do for yourself is to take some beginner lessons if you want to have maximum fun out on the slopes. While you will be able to do a few things on your own on your first outing, navigating the mountain slopes requires some skill. Most resorts have redesigned their ski areas to ensure beginners learn as fast and smoothly as possible, so it’s advisable to invest a day or two learning some basic maneuvers and balancing skills before you head to the alpines. If taught correctly, skiing is so easy to master that after a few days of lessons, you will be swishing gracefully and navigating corners at speed.
Simple details are the difference Before you go out, make sure you have had some good breakfast. Check the weather and dress appropriately. Snow pants, not jeans, are the best for skiing. Wear synthetic socks since they are great at pulling moisture away from your feet. Putting on layers of cotton socks will only make your feet colder. If you don’t have your own ski, you can always get one from the local rental shop. You will also get advice on the right equipment to use, which will make learning a lot easier. All you will have to buy is a pair of socks. So easy! After the first few days, you too will get to understand why many people are addicted to skiing. You will soon be secretly hoping that the winter snow could defy the summer sun so that you ski all year round.