It is quite fascinating to see people slide away on ice. Have you ever thought it would be cool to learn skiing? Here is everything you would want to know about skiing. Did you know that Skiing, more than a sport it is, is also a means to travel on snowy mountains? Let’s learn more.
HISTORY OF SKIING
A “ski” refers to “split piece of wood or firewood”. The origin of this sport is traced back in China and is seen to be practiced for more than 100 centuries. Early skier’s used a long spear or a long pole to ski. Until the 19th century, skiing was used as a means of transport and slowly became a recreational activity or a sport.
EQUIPMENT’S USED IN SKIING.
The following types of equipment are used when skiing.
• Skis- On one leg, the skier wears a longer ski for sliding. On the other leg, a shorter ski is worn for kicking.
• Boots and bindings.
• Helmets and ski suits
• Ski goggles
• Skiing gloves
However, if you are a beginner, don’t go for expensive fancy clothes. If you carry a winter jacket and waterproof snow pants, you are good to go. A pair of winter gloves is necessary as well.
SKIING TIPS FOR BEGINNERS:
1. A ski is designed based on a person’s height and weight. Do not borrow snowboards or skis from another person. Though a full skiing suit is expensive, do not miss out on the essentials like the gloves and ski helmets. These are worth buying.
3. Do not ski without proper supervision. Do not go alone. Always, partner yourself with at least one other person. At the same time, there is danger going with a large group of people too as they can force you to go on a steep terrain you are not comfortable with.
4. First, learn the basic technique of turning, wedging and the transition from flat ground to steep terrain. Learning this is a must before you decide to get yourself a pair of skis straight.
5. Check the terrains difficulty level before you decide to go skiing. Here are some signs to look out for: The Green circle represents the beginners. The blue circle represents intermediate skiers. Black diamonds are for the much-advanced skiers.
6. Taking a map along can help you with the directions. In case you get injured on the slopes, the map or a compass can help you find your way back.
7. Look out for the weather. Do not go skiing if there is a warning for a snowstorm. Two to three days after a snowstorm is fine.
8. Skiing causes you to lose a lot of water from your body through your breath and can lead to dehydration. Carry ample amounts of fluids with you.
9. Lastly, research a little bit and choose a suitable skiing resort that may offer an excellent skiing package at a cheap cost. The package would also include a ski rental kit. This may be an excellent cost-cutting technique.
So, happy skiing!!