ANDREW BARNETT FORT LAUDERDALE
A N D R E W B A R N E T T . C O
Skiing isn’t just for sporty lovers of the
cold. The scenery and the exhilarating
feeling of going down the slopes can
make anyone happy. Here is what every
beginner should know.
S K I I N G G E A R
Any new skier should try to borrow gear first. Resorts will
offer boots, helmets, poles, and skis. To get the better price,
reserve them in advance. Hire shops to know how to fit users
with the correct poles for ability and height. However, boots
are the most important item. If they’re too small, they’ll
cause problems, so make sure to get boots with proper fit.
W H E R E T O F I N D
R E S O R T S F O R
B E G I N N E R S
A resort for beginners has good ski
schools, respectable nursery slopes, a
beginners ski pass and a few assorted
blue runs. In southeastern France,
Montgenévre has a free lift, a fenced-off
nursery slope region, and tame runs.
Courchevel is also in France and has
free lifts for beginners. Novice skiers
can also try Cortina in Italy, which has
amazing mountain views.
E A S T E R N E U R O P E A N R E S O R T S
Eastern European resorts make a good option for beginners because
they’re cheaper than big Alpine resorts. Kranjska Gora in Slovenia,
Bansko in Bulgaria and Poiana Brasov in Romania make good options.
Kranjska Gora would please anyone who likes traditional elements.
Bansko has a big ski area that spans two mountains, and its old town
functions as a world heritage site. Poiana Brasov has especially
inexpensive schools, accommodations, and food.
L E S S O N S
When traveling, someone will most likely offer their skiing
expertise. Decline politely and go for the real ski lessons. That’s
because even the best skiers can lack proper teaching
techniques. Lessons don’t exactly come cheap, but they’re worth
it. Group lessons usually take about three hours, and packages
usually consist of five to six days.
P H Y S I C A L
F I T N E S S
While many skiers are just
ordinary people with desk
jobs, it pays to work at least
on the leg muscles about a
month before skiing.
Walking, cycling, running,
lunges, squats and crunches
all build up fitness. However,
even the fittest people will
discover new muscles
during skiing. That’s why
long baths and muscle rubs
Despite these preparations, some people
will not enjoy skiing. That’s why most
ski resorts have plenty of other activities
for visitors to bask in the moments of
the vacation. Go snowshoeing, ice
climbing, snowmobiling, or enjoy the
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