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Mistakes to Avoid on Your First Ski Trip

Skiing can be a daunting sport in which to be a newcomer. There are so many skills to learn, it can be difficult to know where to start! This list of things to avoid on your first ski trip should help new skiers become more prepared to enjoy the well-loved Winter sport. While you may not be Olympic-level on your first trip, you’ll still learn a lot and become more comfortable with these helpful tips.

Travel and Leisure ~ ” Skiing may take a lifetime to master, but there are some easy mistakes you can avoid right now. To help, Travel + Leisure spoke to a ski instructor and a ski guide — two folks who love skiing so much that they made it their job. Plus, as someone who has been skiing since they’ve been walking, I have some intel of my own. To start, here are a few things you’ll want to avoid on your first time on the slopes.

Picking a Resort That’s Above Your Skill Level – We get it, those photos of your roommate-turned-ski bum at Jackson Hole look amazing, but you need to be realistic about what you can take on. Look for a resort with a beginner’s learning area and plenty of green runs (marked on trail signs with green circles). One good example of this is Deer Valley Resort in Park City, Utah. Twenty-seven percent of their on-mountain terrain is for beginners and first-timers can ski down five of the resort’s six mountains.

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Not Knowing What Gear Should Be Rented and What to Bring From Home – There are companies that rent out soft goods (jackets, gloves, pants), but in general, most ski tourists opt to rent their skis, boots, and poles from a rental shop and bring everything else from home. If you go that route, you’ll need to buy (or borrow) a ski helmet, goggles, jacket, ski pants, gloves, and a buff (for cold and on-mountain COVID-19 protection). In addition, make sure you have thin wool socks and plenty of lightweight layers. ” ~ Travel and Leisure

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**Please note: Due to the impact of COVID-19 on travel, we encourage people to always plan trips in accordance with the guidance provided by government and health officials.

Avoid these mistakes on your first ski trip!

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