Are you taking your first ski trip soon? If you’re excited, you should be. Skiing is a great sport that anybody can do. On the other hand, it’s not a sport that anybody can do instantly. Ski school is meant to help with that, but many people don’t take lessons, even on their first time out. Here are a few reasons you should make sure you get a lesson in before you hit the slopes.
Safety is by far the most important reason to take ski lessons before you climb the mountain. Of course, ski lessons will teach you what you need to know to be safe. After a lesson, you’ll know how to turn so you don’t hit the tree, and you’ll know how to stop in case you forget how to turn. Lessons are also important because they help you understand how to get the most out of your ability level, and also what your limitations are. Without lessons, some adventure seekers decide to try the hardest trails first (guilty), while even a medium trail can lead to injury or worse if it’s your first time on the hill.
In addition to making your trip safer, you’ll also enjoy skiing more if you already know how to do it. Without lessons, you’re likely to spend the entire trip trying to figure it out, but by the time you leave, you’ll realize that you still don’t know what you’re doing.
You might be afraid of how much ski lessons cost, but they’re really not very expensive, especially when compared to the cost of a lift ticket plus rental gear. Some packages even include lessons for free, and at many mountain resorts, there are special days designated for learning for greatly reduced rates. If you’re new to the sport, why not take advantage of that to get the most out of your first trip?