Skiing 101: Mastering the Basics

Skiing 101Tail 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.


  1. Ruth J. PrunedaNovember 26, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    I think it’s best to carry expectations, this includes falling down a lot if you’re a beginner. And the hardest part is getting up. . I feel like I could never master it but at least I try . I’m too scared of the steep slopes!

  2. Violet K. PineNovember 27, 2014 at 12:56 am

    I took lessons last year. It’s good to hear from professionals and happy that I hurt myself less now compared to the disaster I went through 2 years ago.

  3. Rene L. IronsNovember 27, 2014 at 1:16 am

    ^Not everyone can afford pricey lessons, you know? While I do have a lot to learn, I know I am improving with every ski trip. Slow and steady does it for me.


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