Skiing can be an exhilarating and rewarding experience, especially if you're hitting the slopes for the first time. Here are some essential tips for beginner skiers to help ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.


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Practice Off the Slopes

Strengthening your legs, core, and balance through exercises like squats, lunges, and balance training can improve your skiing ability and reduce the risk of injury. These exercises are great to do in the off-season before winter starts. Additionally, you can practice falling. Falling is a part of learning to ski, so teaching yourself how to fall safely can help prevent injuries. Practice falling sideways rather than forward or backward, and keep your arms in to avoid injuring your wrists.

Learn the Rules

Familiarize yourself with the rules of the ski resort and the skier's code of conduct, which includes right-of-way rules (e.g., people downhill from you have the right of way). Know the guidelines of the ski area you're visiting, including trail markings and signage.

Have Proper Gear

This includes skis, boots, poles, a helmet, goggles, and appropriate layers of clothing to keep you warm and dry. Always wear a properly fitting ski helmet to protect your head in case of a fall or collision. Make sure your skis, boots, and bindings are properly fitted and in good condition. Come in or make an appointment with Country Ski and Sport if you need assistance ensuring your gear fits properly. Wear layers, but avoid cotton, as it retains moisture and can make you colder.

Take Lessons

Proper instruction from a certified ski instructor is invaluable for beginners. They will teach you the fundamentals of skiing, including proper technique, how to control your speed, balance properly, use the ski lifts, and how to fall safely. Even a few lessons are a worthy investment as they can make a significant difference in your confidence and ability on the slopes.

Start Slow

Begin on easy slopes designed for beginners. Don't attempt runs that are beyond your skill level. These easier slopes are usually marked with a green circle. Don’t rush to advance to more difficult slopes until you’re comfortable with the basics of skiing.

Have Fun and Be Patient

Learning to ski is a process that takes time. Don’t be discouraged by falls or setbacks. Remember, everyone was a beginner at some point, and the goal is to have fun and improve at your own pace. Contact our team to learn more or visit any of our three convenient Massachusetts locations for assistance in purchasing or leasing gear. Enjoy the learning experience and the beauty of the mountains. Happy skiing!

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Hanson, MA 02341
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161 Quincy Ave
Quincy, MA 02169
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Westwood Store

335 Providence Hwy
Westwood, MA 02090
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