Rookie? 3 Mistakes You Shouldn’t Make on Your First Ski Trip

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Skiing is often viewed as a sport for lovers of a challenge. But it can also be an extremely fun recreational activity for anyone – even for a first-timer like you. For beginners, the slopes and the cold can be daunting, but if you avoid rookie mistakes, everything should be cool.

Bringing Incorrect Equipment

Use a ski pole that matches your ski level. Take for instance the Blizzard Black Pearl 88 which is considered the most versatile all-mountain ski for women. It is also ideal for beginners and intermediates who want to make smooth turns.

Additionally, the length of the ski pole should match the height of the user. For those who are 5’4” to 5’6”, the pole length should be 46 inches. Those who are 5’7” to 5’9” should use 48-inch poles, and so on.

Wearing the Wrong Apparel

Wear the correct clothing if you want to be protected from blisters and possible accidents. Use a good-fitting helmet and wear goggles, instead of regular sunglasses. Snow gloves will also prevent hand blisters.

For your clothes, wear something that is waterproof. Additionally, your trousers should not be made of denim (which gets heavy when wet) or cotton (which is water absorbent). And, don’t forget to apply sunscreen because the UV radiation from the sun also reflects from the snow.

Going Alone

You probably have heard that traveling alone can be healthy. But, this does not hold true for first-time skiers. Going alone is dangerous because skiers potentially get lost along the trail. Preferably, bring an experienced skier with you who can guide you through the journey. But, you can also go along with another first-timer. Just make sure that you both listen carefully to your instructor (and tip them well).

After the first day of your ski trip, you can lay back and enjoy the après. But don’t go overboard with this social activity because drinking plus the altitude of the mountain can make you feel sick.

Skiing can be fun, and more so if you do it correctly and safely – starting from the gear you should get.