Get "Smart" in Advance
Your first-time visit to the slopes is easier if you "get smart" ahead of time. For example, check out some apps or watch some videos with tips on how to get started. A little advice will make you feel more comfortable when you get to a ski/snowboard area. And it's even more fun when you Bring a Friend!
There are plenty of options on You Tube that can help you prepare. You can also review the Professional Ski Instructors of America-American Association of Snowboard Instructors (PSIA-AASI) web site. Early preparation will help to make your first runs on snow go a little smoother.
Check out Heidi Ettlinger’s Gear to Go Guides. Heidi is one of our Ambassadors and a certified PSIA-AASI Instructor.
Another instructor, Jim Dougherty, has developed an app for use with learning. See information on the ProVision Sport App.
ProVision Sports wants everyone to know that it is offering two of their apps Free to jump start the 2013-14 Ski Season. Both apps provide a fun and value split screen video experience for on mountain use along with other fun and useful features for skiers and snowboarders. The free downloads will be available from December 7th through December 14 .
The About.com website for skiing has many written tips as well as videos to watch before you hit the slopes. These videos can show you what position to stand in while skiing so you can practice at home in front of the mirror. Here is an example: http://video.about.com/skiing/Gliding-Wedge.htm
Magazines are another good source. SKI has plenty of tips. For inspiration, consider that snow sports are something you can do no matter how old you are: http://www.skinet.com/ski/article/how-ski-when-you-are-100-years-old
How else can you prepare? Resort websites offer information about their beginner programs and terrain. You’ll be better informed on where to go to rent equipment, where to buy tickets and lessons.
Local snow sports specialty shops can help. Many specialty shops are listed in the Your Snow Gear section of this web site. Employees typically are avid skiers and snowboarders anxious to tell you what you want to know - and more. The jargon may get a little technical so don’t be shy about asking pointed questions.
You can learn a lot at a specialty shop simply by trying on apparel and familiarizing yourself with snow gear appropriate for you. The shop experience is particularly effective after your first beginner lesson. Most beginner packages at resorts include a lift ticket, lesson AND rental equipment. Shops are the go-to place for information and purchasing once you decide you want to continue with skiing or snowboarding. Employees will tell you how items should fit and educate you on the different features of snow sports gear.
Last thought - if you live near the Snowflex Centre at Liberty Mountain in Virginia (www.liberty.edu/snowflex), you can ski all year round on plastic turf that simulates the slip and grip of snow. It’s open year round everyday of the week.