/ Complete Newbie
Any advice on how to go about this? Is it best to get lessons or just hire skis and have a go? I'd be going with a mate who can ski and I have good balance from surfing, mountain boarding, skating and the like (although I realize they're probably completely different)
I'd definitely go for lessons. If you get a good instructor and some one-on-one coaching you can improve quickly - particularly if you're fit and strong.
It depends on how good your mate is, but it's not really worth going to one of the 'big' resorts for your first trip. You would pay a lot more for a lift pass and not get much of the benefit from all the extra runs.
you definitely want to ski?
Sounds like you might be better boarding
> you definitely want to ski?
> Sounds like you might be better boarding
If you're really off tomorrow just for the weekend, you might well have more fun with a board (as you say you surf ok) - apart from the 1st 30mins of wtf!
For skiing, definitely have lessons as it's hard to unlearn bad habits
There's nothing wrong with just having a go to see how you get on at first, it won't destroy your chances of ever being able to ski well.
I've taken 2 or 3 complete novices skiing with me. They could all stay on their feet (mostly) by lunchtime and get down easy blues by the end of the first day. If you're fairly sporty that's not unreasonable to expect.
Also,If you decide not to shell out on lessons, bear in mind most resorts have a few short easy runs which can be used for free without a lift pass. For the first day that might be enough to go at and save a few bob which could pay for a lesson later.
I do think that at some point its worth having a lesson or two but unless you're really crap at first you'd get more bang for your buck if you could actually stay on your feet for most it.
If/when you do have lessons, I'd endorse the suggestion you get a private one. An hour or two in a 1 to 1 is more use than a day's group lesson where essentially you just watch the instructor and try to copy him. You might as well just watch people who look like they can ski and try to copy them for the amount of useful input you get in a group lesson.
You might as well just watch people who look like they can ski and try to copy them for the amount of useful input you get in a group lesson.
Elsewhere on the site
Tonight's Friday Night Video features the Norwegian town of Rjukan, once believed to be the home of the world's tallest... Read more
Rock shoes stink – let’s face it. Boot Bananas are the perfect way to fight the funk and keep them fresh. They help... Read more
Perhaps the perfect Xmas gift for the climber in your life... Wild Country's Crack School has two of the worlds best crack... Read more
The release of Peter Jackson's new film The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies on 12th December may not appear to link to... Read more
F ounded in 1993, Mountain Hardwear are a pretty young mountaineering clothing and equipment manufacturer but are also one of... Read more