BUSTING SKI MYTHS
29th November 2019
Our friends over at Maison Sport have been at it again. Offering straight advice on topics relevant to all skiers & snowboarders.
1. MYTH: Skiing is really dangerous.
Skiing is actually safer than playing football! Despite a few accidents being publicised, research suggests that a fear of skiing and snowboarding is misplaced.
Dr Mike Langran, a physician from the Aviemore medical practice and an authority on snow-related injuries, says that injuries among people participating in snow sports are very rare, and taking into consideration the number of people who participate in winter sports and football, there is a higher chance of being injured when playing football.
2. MYTH: Sitting back in powder makes it easier.
What it actually does is make it harder to turn and gives you serious leg burn.
You should try to maintain a centred balance, bring your feet a little closer together than normal and increase how much you bring your hips up and forwards between the turns.
3. MYTH: The slopes are really steep, even for beginners
As a beginner, when you think about skiing or snowboarding, you think of racing down a giant mountain.
When in fact, when you start to ski/snowboard, you realise the beginner slopes are surprisingly flat (and friendly looking).
4. MYTH: Alcohol makes you warmer
Whilst alcohol may seem like the perfect cold-weather beverage, it actually decreases your core body temperature, regardless of the temperature outside, which can increase your risk of hypothermia.
5. MYTH: Ski boots should hurt
Ski boots should not be uncomfortable.
Your toes might be a bit cold, and may not feel as comfortable in ski boots in comparison to other shoes, however, there should not be any pain, pins and needles or other uncomfortable sensations.
6. MYTH: If you’re an intermediate/expert skier or snowboarder, lessons are a waste of time
When booking an independent ski or snowboard instructor, you are booking someone who is highly qualified and understands the mountains and resort more than anyone else.
If you are an expert/intermediate skier or snowboarder, an instructor can help offer tips on improving technique, show you where the best runs are, help guide you when going off-piste and even recommend the best places for a hot chocolate.
Maison Sport is a company that connects people wanting lessons to instructors, without going through a traditonal ski school.
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5 tips that make learning to ski a whole lot easier…
1. Get Fit
Sliding around on snow doesn’t sound tiring but it is, getting up after falling over is hard work, so a basic level of fitness can go a long way.
Whether it means you can practice for longer or gives you the strength to improve your technique it will definitely help speed up your learning.
Tip: Check out this Blogpost on pre-season fitness tips.
2. Ice Skating
Balance is an important part of skiing, so anything you can do to practice and improve your balance will help.
Ice skating is an obvious choice, there are many similarities between ice skating and skiing, you will find the ‘skate’ technique is similar to the technique used when walking around on your skis.
It’s the second largest search engine in the world for a reason and searching for “How to ski” will bring up a whole host of video tutorials.
This will increase your knowledge base and help you understand ski terms an instructor might use.
Many beginners think skiing is going to be scarier than it actually is and end up being very nervous before even getting out on the snow.
Beginner ski slopes are generally incredibly flat, so think car park instead of vertical drop when you’re picturing yourself skiing.
5. Ski lessons
Having some ski lessons can seem expensive but in the grand scheme of things, they are definitely worth it.
It takes most ski instructors an average of 6 years to become fully qualified, so even a couple of lessons will allow you to gain some great tips and feedback.
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