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Skiing Tips for Beginners, Intermediates, and Experts

If you’re anything like us, you’re always looking to improve on the mountain. And since it’s the start of a new year, there’s no better time to start levelling up. After all, better technique only leads to a higher quality of shredding and more of it for that matter. Floating through untouched powder on a crisp, bluebird day is one of the greatest feelings ever. To help you make the most of your time on the hill and develop your passion, here are some skiing tips for beginners, intermediates and experts!

For everyone…

Protect your skin – from the sun, wind and cold! Snow reflects the suns rays which is great for tanning but can also lead to a nasty burn and also skin damage. Cover up and layer on sunscreen that protects against all the elements.

Dress Code – You’re going to want to regulate your body temperature as well as stay dry. It is best to check the weather forecast every morning before you get dressed to make sure you have adequate layers and pack the right goggle lens for the light that day.

For Beginners…

Moving your skis – News flash, your skis are attached to your boots which should be on your feet. So if you turn your foot to the right then your ski will also turn to the right. It may seem that simple, but it will take some practice and getting used to.

For Intermediates…

Upper Body – Move your feet to turn your skis not your shoulders. Skis are fixed to your feet not arms so swinging your shoulders won’t turn your skis any faster and can throw your balance off.

Edging – Use your edges on your skis to gain control and for easier and sharper turns! To use your edges, simply roll your ankles and knees uphill as you flex down towards the end of the turn. This should roll your skis on to edge, giving you more grip.

For Experts…

Weight Distribution – Try to keep your weight central and evenly distributed across both skis. There is more resistance in powder, so you have to steer both skis through it – putting all your weight on the downhill ski (as you should on the piste!) gives your uphill ski the chance to trip you up in powder.

What’s Next…

Outfit yourself with the latest gear from McCoo’s so that you can enjoy your time on the mountain and work on your turns, pizzas, and of course, après!

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