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Learn to Ski

How to Learn to Ski


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Learn to Ski

Aspen Mountain Lesson

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Learn to Ski

Children's Ski Lesson

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Do you want to learn to ski? Here's an overview of what you'll need to learn to ski, along with step-by-step information on how to learn to ski.

Ski Equipment You Need
If you're new to the slopes, the equipment used for skiing can be confusing. Getting a good idea of the equipment used for skiing will help you understand the sport a lot better - and it will make your first days on the slopes a lot easier!

Ski Rental Equipment
When you're a beginning skier or just trying out the sport to decide if it's the right one for you, it makes sense to rent ski equipment.

What to Wear Skiing
If you aren't sure what to wear skiing, it's best to start with the basics and then move on to the accessories. Here is a guideline for what to wear to skiing, which you can use as a checklist when you begin to assemble your ski wardrobe.

Pick a Ski Area for Beginners
Are you going skiing for the first time? Before you head to the ski slopes, it's important to pick a ski area or ski resort that will coordinate all the logistics, from providing expert instruction to getting your lift ticket and rental equipment.

Skiing Lessons
Who needs skiing lessons, who provides skiing lessons, skiing ability levels, and why professional instruction is important.

Choose a Ski Lesson Program
The most important step in learning how to ski is choosing a ski lesson program that is compatible with your skills and abilities.

First Time Skier's Tips
If you've never been skiing before, you may not know where to go to skiing, what to wear, or even where to start. Here are tips for a first time skier.

Skiing Tips for Beginners
When you're a beginning skier, it's important to get started skiing with appropriate gear and lessons, and to know the basics of navigating your way up and down a mountain.

Skiing Tips
Skiing tips and techniques to help you get started on the ski slopes if you're a beginner, and to refine your technique if you're a more experienced skier.

Learn to Ski Videos
Need help learning to ski? The following free skiing instruction videos are available exclusively from About.com and will help you with getting on and off a ski lift and a magic carpet and learning skiing basics so you can get started on the ski slopes.

Learn to Snow Plow
The traditional learning stance for beginning skiers is called the snow plow position. You'll need to be able to snow plow to stop, so it's one of the first techniques you should learn.

Point Your Way Down the Slope
When you move up from the snow plow turn, you can learn to begin a more advanced way of turning your skis by pointing with your arm. Here's information on how to turn as you head down the ski slope.

How to Ski on a Crowded Trail
When ski resorts fill up, skiing on a crowded trail can be difficult and sometimes even dangerous! Especially when the trail gets narrow, it can be hard work to navigate through other skiers. Colliding with another skier can cause injury (and it hurts!), so skiing safely on crowded trails is necessary for everyone's safety.

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