4 Common Skiing Mistakes to Avoid for Beginners

4 Common Skiing Mistakes to Avoid for Beginners


4 Common Skiing Mistakes to Avoid for Beginners


Are you thinking about grabbing your skis and going skiing with friends? If so, before you get out there and take on the snowy terrain, we recommend you scroll through our list of common skiing mistakes.

Knowing the types of mistakes people make when they go skiing will help keep you safe and make planning a ski trip much easier. Read on now for information about proper skiing positions and more.

1. Not Wearing the Proper Gear for Skiing

An archive photo from the Dec. 4, 1971 edition of The Greenville News shows Greenville resident Ingeborg Kruger skiing after heavy snowfall in the Upstate.

If you’ve never been skiing before, you’re going to make yourself stand out if you don’t know what gear you should be wearing. We recommend that you don’t wear any type of cotton clothing.

The reason for this is because the last thing you want to be in the middle of the snow is wet and cold. Ensure that when you’re looking at gear to wear while skiing, you choose clothes that are waterproof and will keep you warm while you hit the slopes.

Not to mention you’ll have a much more enjoyable time if you’re not cold, wet, and miserable.

2. Leaning Backwards While Skiing

Above we mentioned the proper skiing position, but here’s one mistake people make when it comes to positioning, and that’s leaning backward. Naturally, when you’re about to fall, or you’re going downhill, your body will lean backward, but this makes it easier for you to fall.

When you’re using your skis, ensure that you’re leaning downhill, putting pressure on the metal edges of your skis. This will keep your skis from coming off the slopes, causing you to fall backward.

3. Leaving Your Gear Everywhere

We understand that you’ve got a lot of gear you’re taking with you when you’re skiing. But, who’s going to watch your stuff while you’re hitting the trails?

Don’t leave your stuff lying around; it’s best to find a ski storage service in the area and pay a fee to use their storage lockers.

Skiing and snowboarding season opened last weekend at Ski Apache.
Ski Apache

4. Ignoring the Weather

Before you leave home to go skiing, you need to check the weather forecast. If you’re planning a trip months in advance, there’s no way to know for sure what the weather will be like.

But, as you get closer to the trip, it’ll be beneficial to begin checking the forecast because if the snow is below freezing level, it’s not going to be the best idea to ski on it. Also, depending on the weather, the ski slopes might not be open for you and your friends.

Common Skiing Mistakes to Avoid

We’ve listed some of the most common skiing mistakes above that you should avoid. Ensure that you’re wearing the right clothing, or you’re going to end up ending your ski trip before it’s begun.

And find a place that offers storage services so that you know exactly where your gear is at all times. Ready to try out your skis? Before you go, check out some of the other posts we offer in this section.

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