Beginner’s Guide to Skiing

It should come as no surprise that Colorado ranks as one of the nation’s most desirable skiing destinations, claiming half of the top ten best ski vacations spots in America. Colorado’s topographical features and prime winter weather that produces excellent fresh powder are the key factors that make great skiing possible. 

If you’re looking to take advantage of Colorado’s skiing scene, learning the ins and outs could be daunting, especially if you’re a beginner. Below is a helpful guide to get you and your friends and family out and on the slopes in no time.

Great Starting Slopes for Newbies

As a novice to the sport, you want to find locations friendly to newcomers. These places are where others of your skill level are known to frequent, making the inevitable pitfalls and struggles easier.

Buttermilk Mountain

Aspen Snowmass, Colorado

Upon seeing the word “mountain,” you may assume that it’s not a place for beginners, but nothing could be further from the truth. Buttermilk Mountain is the smallest of the four mountains at Aspen Snowmass, making it a safe haven for new skiers. The mountain is also home to The Hideout, a new facility geared around teaching families with young children how to ski.

Winter Park Resort

Winter Park, Colorado

Serious skiers will no doubt find some world-class terrain in Winter Park, but first-timers need not fear, as there are wonderful beginner facilities here as well. Being relatively close to Denver is what makes it a very popular winter vacation destination. Winter Park Resort offers equipment and lessons for skiers of all ages, making it a perfect place for anyone starting out.

Breckenridge Ski Resort

Breckenridge, Colorado

Sporting an impressive 187 ski runs, the 13,000 ft summit is among not only Colorado’s most visited ski resorts, but one of America’s. Breckenridge is known for its family-friendly atmosphere, open to all skill levels, and has tons of different lessons on tap. Group, kids, adults, or if you prefer, private lessons, are all available.

Getting Geared Up

Skiing is a winter outdoor activity, and that means it takes a ton of gear and equipment to do it. There are a few must haves to get started.

  • Gloves/mittens
  • Turtleneck sweaters
  • Waterproof ski pants
  • Ski goggles
  • Thermal underwear/layers
  •  Toe and hand warmers

Some ski equipment, of course, can be rented, but those planning to truly take advantage of all Colorado has to offer in the way of skiing, may want to invest in purchasing this equipment: 

  • Helmet
  • Skis
  • Boots
  • Poles

Colorado has various specialized ski equipment stores throughout the state. They have all the latest gear and a knowledgeable staff that’ll help you find the equipment right for you. (It should be noted that new ski equipment can be insured.)

A Few Tips for When You’re on the Slopes

It’s important to make sure you take a lesson from a trained professional when learning to ski, but here are a few universal tips to keep in mind before heading out.

Don’t Be Afraid to Fall

It’s going to happen. Learning to be patient with yourself and the process of failure is a considerable part of learning to ski. Falling down again and again is something you’ll be doing a lot of in the beginning.

Take Breaks and Hydrate

Physical activity is typically associated with shorts, tee-shirts, and sunny days, but skiing is quite the workout. When it’s cold and snowy, it’s easy to forget you need to take breaks and drink plenty of water. 

Keep Your Head Up

There is a natural inclination to look down at the cumbersome boots and large skis attached to your feet, but if you’re looking down, you can’t see where you’re going. Learn to keep your eyes ahead, less you run into hazards like trees, obstacles, or other skiers.

Just Have Fun

Skiing is a bit trickier of a hobby to take up than most. It takes time and practice to get good at, but once you do, it’s as fun a time as you can have outdoors in Colorado. So keep practicing, don’t give up, and remember, above all else, have fun.

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