Skiing Checklist

Preparation

  • Find a ski lodge or ski slope around you that offers lessons that you can sign up for.
  • Until you find your legs, rent. After that, and you're much more dedicated, then buy your own equipment.
  • This will take some time. Make sure that you work with someone that is a professional, though, and that has a lot of experience.
  • These are great for camaraderie, and learning from others. Join at least one; the experience will do you good!

Equipment/Gear

  • Professionals should help you find the right ones.
  • Always look the pole over carefully, making sure there are no cracks or wear and tear. Buying new is best.
  • Be sure to get some good advice from a professional to ensure you buy the right ones for the skis you have purchased.
  • These should be cheeked before every run.

Clothes

  • Pick the right kind for the type of skiing you will do, and have a professional check to ensure it fits properly.
  • Insulation and warmth are a big deal on the slopes. and the proper clothing can be the difference betwixt life and death
  • Warmth is definitely a big deal to help keep your fingers sensitive, so pick some really good gloves.
  • These can't be too bulky; as you still need to be able to maneuver in them.
  • To cover your eyes from glare and prevent frostbite.

Things To Take

  • A cell phone will definitely come in handy if you fall down, and can't get up.
  • Something as simple as a granola bar or trail mix, stuck in a pocket will be great if it's needed.
  • Most people wouldn't think of this; but you still do get burnt from the sun when skiing.
  • At the very least, have a photo ID, and a health insurance card on you at all times.
  • Simple stuff such as a couple of Ace bandages, and a few bandaids would do fine; just put them in a pocket.
  • For cross-country trips that are not on laid out trails, be sure to take some sort of map or compass to get to your destination.

Safety Tips

  • If you're going to try a new slope, others will know and have an idea when to expect you back.
  • Be sure to get some water every time you come back between runs; your body will thank you!
  • Cell phones, two-way radios and the like are great for long cross-country skiing trips; it's easier to stay together.
  • Each and every time you use your equipment, check it to ensure that there are no problems with it.
  • Know when enough is enough, and don't go out.
  • Decide when to stop and start searching for someone if they don't appear at the time everyone thinks that they should; or if the weather suddenly turns bad.

Skiing has become even more popular in the last fifty years than it has ever been. This is partly in thanks to the companies that can create artificial snow, and the public's desire to learn as well. Safety gear has improved over the years, making the skiing experience even safer for newbies. As a result, skiers get to have more fun! Good equipment, training, and people mixed together all equal a great day of fun skiing!

Tips

Safety starts with the correct skiing instruction, including the use of poles as guides, weight-bearing, and the proper equipment to get started. Learning how to correctly handle your body over the skis as you move is also important, especially if you don't want to fall over! As your skills begin to improve, skiing will begin to become easier, and safety will become second nature to you as well. Weather can be an important consideration for skiing. Snow requires cold weather, of course, and this means that skiers must dress warmly. Well-insulated gloves and boots, hats and coats are essential for the skiers, and goggles, or a ski mask as well. Picking an appropriate ski run for your skill level is also extremely important. Use good judgment, and think about what your ability to ski really is before trying out a new slope. If you don't have a skiing buddy to go with you (and you really should when trying a new slope out) don't go. If you're planning on trying out Killer Hill, let a few people know, at least. That way, someone will keep an eye out for you and come looking for you, if necessary. Joining a skiing club is a great idea for those whose skills are somewhat honed, but not perfect.  Safety happens in numbers, and sticking with each other is a great way to encourage each other as well.