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Skiing Tips

 
 

Skiing in Italy can be a wonderful experience, as the resorts found here are among the best in Europe. However, as with other high-risk sports, it pays to be extra careful to avoid any mishaps during your holiday.

The following are some tips that could help skiing enthusiasts start their Italian skiing experience on the right foot:

Take Ski Lessons

This is the first and foremost requirement for a beginner to be able to ski properly since he/she will benefit greatly by getting lessons from trained and experienced instructors. Since Italy has a good ski education system and proficient instructors, the actual learning phase shouldn’t take long. In no time at all, beginners will at least know the basic maneuvering techniques when skiing along the slopes instead of being flat-out clueless. Taking ski lessons doesn’t just increase one’s skiing IQ, but it also prevents accidents from happening.

Canvass for Skiing Equipment

Skiing requires a lot of equipment like ski poles, skis, and other gear components. Most of the time, equipment like this could get expensive, so looking around for the best one is advised. Be sure to test all equipment before purchasing them just to be sure. Furthermore, it also helps if you familiarise yourself with the different equipment used in the sport, especially those that you’ll need.

Dress Appropriately

It is important to wear warm clothes while skiing, especially during the winter time or in cold locations. One of the things skiers usually do is they dress in layers with the layer closest to the body made of polypropylene or wool, since cotton doesn’t have a desirable effect on the body when it has had prolonged contact with perspiration. Moreover, loose-fitting attires aren’t advised since these could get tangled up with other equipment such as lifts and ski poles.

Warm Up before Every Ride

Just like in any strenuous activity, warming up and stretching of muscles should always be done first to avoid the occurrence of injuries. It could possibly save a fun-filled skiing experience from being a disaster waiting to happen.

Abide by the Rules of Conduct

Established by the International Ski Federation, there are ten rules of conduct for skiers that cover topics such as Respect, Control, Choice of Route, Overtaking, Entering and Starting, Stopping, Climbing, Signs, Assistance, and Identification.

Off-Piste Skiing

Before going off-piste skiing, it is customary to take an avalanche safety course in order to be prepared for the worst. If you aren’t well-versed with off-piste skiing yet, you should take precautionary measures by asking a more experienced skier to accompany you in your expedition.

Always Be Prepared for Accidents

Since skiing is somewhat of a high-risk sport, the possibility of serious accidents and injuries is far from being remote. This is why a certain level of awareness and preparation is need. If an unfortunate accident happens, knowing how to administer proper first aid is definitely a major lifesaver.

Know your Skill Level

Determining one’s skill level in skiing is vital in knowing what to do next and what not to do. Whether you are a beginner, an intermediate, or an advanced skier, there are still a lot more lessons to be learned. If you have truly assessed your strengths and capabilities fairly, you will be able to find out what skill level you belong to and consequently, the next steps that you are going to take (e.g. take advanced lessons, extra pratice, etc. The most important thing to remember is that there is no need to rush things since mastering the sport of skiing is more effective using a gradual learning process and of course, a lot of practice.


       


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