Tail grabs. 180s. Spread Eagles. Daffies. These are just some of the many skiing tricks that are fun to see, and even more fun to do. While it is normal to want to try them out as soon as possible, it is essential to master the basics before attempting to try them.
Here are some skiing basics you need to master according to Snowscene before moving on to more advanced skiing tricks:
Control & Stance
Skiing is particularly hard on the legs. Make sure to have ample lower body strength. Maintain a stance that is comfortable and offers enough mobility. It is equally important to stay in control of your speed. Know what you can and cannot handle.
Right of Way
Always remember that the people ahead of you have the right of way. Avoid the temptation to overtake them unless you want to risk a nasty collision. As much as possible, try to maintain a fair amount of distance.
Do Not Stop
This is especially important if you cannot be seen from above. Whilst it can be tempting to stop for a while to catch your breath or even to just enjoy the view, you should never stop whilst on a slope. People coming down the trail may run into you and cause injuries.
Knowing Your Trails
Whilst more advanced trails can offer more adventure, trying them out without the necessary skills under your belt is a good way to injure yourself. Be practical and get down to the basics before attempting to slide down more advanced trails.
Clothing and Gear
Of course, you will need to have suitable clothing to go with just the right gear to be able to ski properly. Make certain to suit up with proper attire before attempting to hit the slopes.
Just as you need to learn to crawl before you can walk, run, and hop, you need to learn the basic rudiments of skiing, as well before you can proceed to complex tricks.