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by Pavithra Jinadasa about a year ago in how to
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And for those of you still clumsy on the skis, here is a guide on how to learn to ski if you are a beginner.

Skiing Essentials in Whistler |Image via Freepik

With the winter season at hand, and gorgeous white slopes beckoning, its hard to resist a bout of skiing at one of Canada's Alpine resorts. And for those of you still clumsy on the skis, here is a guide on how to learn to ski if you are a beginner. Enjoy the swish of snow, the refreshing burst of frosty air and that fabulous feeling of flying along the white carpeted peaks like Canada's Whistler Mountain.

1. The First Step To Learn Skiing Is To Get An Instructor

No matter what level of skier you are, a beginner, intermediate or even a little more advanced, you can improve your skill with help from a good instructor. If you are planning a holiday at a Whistler hotel and want to savour the joys of skiing, ask your hotel about hiring a ski instructor. Many alpine resorts there like Pan Pacific Whistler Mountainside offer guests a range of services and will be able to put you in touch with excellent instructors. You could join a group learning class or a hire a personal ski instructor, although fees for the latter will be higher. A good instructor will make learning easier, faster and loads more fun, and you will soon be sailing along the mountainside.

2. Learn How To Snow Plough

Remember that practice makes perfect, and learning how to snow plough is extremely important. Snowploughing is when you pull your legs apart and bring the tips of your skis together, to form a sort of upside-down V. This action helps you to slow down. However, once you learn to make turns, you can slow down by training your body to move forward and bend your knees forward. This method is ideal for slowing down when you are skiing downhill.

But first, remember to practise as much snow ploughing as possible; snowplough at short intervals until you get the hang of it and then you can ski for longer stretches before you snowplough. Whenever you feel the need to reduce the speed in which you are skiing remember - to snowplough.

3. Learning To Ski Is More A Mental Preparation Than Physical

As you explore the slopes around your mountain resort in Canada, you will most likely see several kids skiing, maybe better than you, along the mountainsides. This is only a reminder that skiing is more a mental factor than a physical one, meaning strength and agility, although an asset, is not a deciding factor to how soon or how well you learn to ski.

Keep in mind that on bad days, when you end up falling over more times than you like, and you feel you want to hand in your ski's and sit around your mountain resort sipping hot cocoa or soaking in the hot tub for the rest of your holiday, make a date for with your ski instructor for another day on the slopes. One bad day of skiing is often followed by another more successful and enjoyable day! So, never give up or let yourself feel down mentally. A sudden good day on the slopes means you have finally found your natural rhythm and nothings going to stop you from mastering that slope!

4. Worry Less And Keep On Skiing

Don't worry too much about falling over, or in which angle your body is twisting. Simply follow instructions and let your instructor guide you and have you familiar with the different twists and turns required for learning to expertly manoeuvre yourself on the slopes.

5. Practise Patience When Learning To Ski

Last but not least, have loads of patience. It's important to understand your pace and give yourself time to master the art of skiing. Not everyone learns to ski in a day. Some may take longer but eventually end up being quite comfortable on a pair of ski's and are soon whizzing along the mountainsides like a professional.

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