Skiing tips

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An increasing number of men and women take up the sport every year, and chalets in Morzine and other popular ski destinations are still in high demand each year.

If you are among the many individuals tempted to try the sport, but afraid you won’t be able to pick this up as well as everyone else, or if you have skied before but ended up making a fool of yourself in public and are reluctant to repeat the experience, do not despair. This report provides a few invaluable tips for first-time and beginner skiers – from wider and more general advice to slightly more specialised hints. Having a quick skim through it before heading off to your vacation in one of the lovely chalets in Morzine will ensure that a minimal quantity of people bear witness to you lying on your back at the top of the piste!

Getting ready

The first step to enjoying your ski experience is ensuring the sport is a good fit for you. It is no use persevering in something you don’t enjoy, is there? As such, most experts suggest that you borrow or rent, rather than buy, your gear, at least to the first stages of your’career’. Rental places for ski gear abound in the Alps, and prospective skiers should have no problem acquiring skis, pads, boots and warm clothes somewhere close to their resort.

Specialists also advise that you ensure that your skis are about 20 to 30cm shorter than your height, as shorter skis are easier to steer, resulting in a lower number of awkward pratfalls. The tips of the skis should not cross whilst you’re skiing – if this occurs, take them back to the rental shop and ask for shorter ones.

So far as boots are involved, make sure that they are comfortable, yet snug. Your toes should be able to move freely, but your heel should NOT have the ability to come up, nor if your foot’slip’ around in the boot once it’s done up. Ensure that your boots are done up while skiing (you can loosen them for walking to and from the piste), but do not 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 then get a sense of your skis before heading to the ski lift. Believe it or not, having massive planks of wood strapped to your feet does affect your balance and motion!

Learning the Fundamentals

Once your gear is all sorted, it’s time to learn the fundamentals. A couple of lessons might take care of that, and most hotels renting chalets in Morzine will find a beginner’s ski course for you, or provide themselves.

, changing direction and braking, all needed to combat a skier’s main foe – gravity. It is also important that you work in your posture, as a proper body position may be the difference between a decent run and legs-in-the-air embarrassment! One good trick is to look where you need to go – if you look at the floor whilst moving, you are most likely going to end up on it.

Once you become a bit more comfortable with the fundamentals, you may want to try working on your own parallels. Only then should you venture out into challenges like mogul fields (bumpy pistes) or powder (deeper snow).

Overall, nobody leasing chalets in Morzine ought to be afraid to join their relatives or friends in a run down the slopes. As long as you master the basics and are somewhat competent you should be able to avoid embarrassment and injury.

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