Skiing remains one of the most popular winter sports in the world, rivalled only by snowboarding in terms of mass appeal and number of fans. An increasing number of people take up the sport each year, and chalets in Morzine and other popular ski destinations continue to be in high demand each year.
If you are among the numerous people tempted to try the sport, but afraid you will not have the ability to pick it up as well as everybody else, or if you have skied before but ended up making a fool of yourself in public and therefore are reluctant to repeat the experience, do not despair. This report offers a few invaluable tips for first-time and beginner skiers – from broader and more general guidance to slightly more specialised hints. Having a quick skim through it before heading off to your holiday in one of the lovely chalets in Morzine will ensure that a minimal amount of people bear witness to you lying on your back near the top of the piste!
The first step to enjoying your ski experience is making sure the sport is a fantastic fit for you. It’s no use persevering in something you don’t like, is there? As such, most experts recommend that you borrow or rent, rather than buy, your equipment, at least to the early stages of your’career’. Rental places for ski equipment abound in the Alps, and prospective skiers should have no problem acquiring skis, pads, boots and warm clothing somewhere close to their resort.
Specialists also advise that you ensure that your skis are about 20 to 30cm shorter than your own height, as shorter skis are easier to steer, resulting in a lower number of embarrassing pratfalls. The tips of the skis should not cross whilst you are skiing – if this happens, take them back to the rental store and ask for shorter ones.
So far as boots are involved, make sure that they are comfortable, yet cozy. Your toes should be able to move freely, but your heel shouldn’t have the ability to come up, nor should your foot’slip’ around in the boot once it’s done up. Ensure your boots are done up while skiing (you may loosen them for walking to and from the piste), but don’t have them trimmed too tight around the top of your foot cutting off the blood flow. They should, however, be snugger around the calf muscles. Make sure that you take your time getting used to them before strapping on your skis, and get a feel for your skis before going to the ski lift.
Learning the basics
Once your equipment is all sorted, it’s time to learn the fundamentals. A couple of lessons might look after that, and most resorts renting chalets in Morzine will find a beginner’s ski course for you, or provide themselves.
Important basics to master include standing up (obviously!) , changing direction and braking, all needed to battle a skier’s most important foe – gravity. Additionally it is important that you work in your stance, as a proper body position can be the difference between a decent run and legs-in-the-air embarrassment! One good trick is to look where you want to go – if you examine the ground whilst moving, you’re most likely going to wind up on it.
Once you become a bit more comfortable with the basics, you might want to try working on your own parallels.
All in all, nobody leasing chalets in Morzine should be afraid to join their relatives or friends in a run down the slopes. Provided that you master the basics and are somewhat competent you should be able to avoid embarrassment and injury.