Crash Course: 3 First-time Ski Lessons the Instructor Won’t Tell You

skiing down the mountainWhether it’s part of your New Year’s resolutions or you just want to try a new fitness routine that includes an adventure, skiing for the first time is always a fun and exciting idea.

The best way to get started on the slopes is via a lesson on the basics of skiing; at least the first time you try it out. Even with some of the most extensive lessons and advice, however, there will always be things you only get to learn out on the slopes.

For those who’ve never shredded the slopes and are looking for lessons on a non-literal skiing crash course, here are some essential lessons your guide or instructor aren’t likely tell you.

  1. Your New Boots Need Breaking Into

    • Ski boots tend to be similar to foot-shaped bowling balls in texture and flexibility. That’s because without the stiffness and rigidity, it’ll be really easy to injure your feet and ankles with all the unusual movements you’ll make as you glide down the hill.
    • When choosing your K2 snow skis and boots, walk around a little bit while wearing them. If there’s a burning pain or you feel like you’re losing circulation, you definitely need to adjust it. A little soreness or cramping, meanwhile, is perfectly normal, especially if you are just getting started.
  2. Gliding on Snow is Weird, but Fun

    • One of the first lessons your instructor will probably teach is how to stop, as the slipperiness of the cold, white powder takes some getting used to.
    • Don’t worry, though, as after a few tries, you’ll instinctively learn to take steps to correct the unfamiliarity and awkwardness of gliding on the snow. You’ll be able to make like Elsa and let go, without having to worry too much about crashing or wiping out.
  3. No Need to Impress

    • Don’t feel pressured to do tricks or exercises you’re not ready for. You don’t need to impress everybody. The instructors want you to come back to their slopes and ski again, and that means ensuring you’re having fun, you’re learning, and you’re safe.


After you’ve had your fill of wipeouts and snow, be sure to ask your instructor on where to go for some food and drinks. Warm up and grab a cup of hot chocolate—your aching feet and shivering body will thank you for it.