Lake Tahoe and Learning to Ski

Lake Tahoe and Learning to Ski

This week, I’m heading to Lake Tahoe with friends and learning how to ski. Full disclosure: I’ve never skied before, and I don’t see it ending well. But in the spirit of adventure and trying new things, why not!? It sounds like fun. Besides, how hard can it be, right? …I imagine it will be fairly difficult, and I’ve been reading and watching YouTube videos all week just to make sure I get the hang of it sooner rather than later so that I can enjoy the slopes and spend less time on my butt in the snow.

Instead of taking classes, a friend has offered to teach me. This might be more embarrassing for me than getting in a class with a bunch of beginners who also know nothing about how to stop or keep balance. Maybe I’ll get the chance to sneak away and take a class, since my friend has been skiing for years, and will probably want to get out on the black diamond slopes while I struggle to learn the basics.
A few fun things I’ve learned this week if you’re either learning to ski as well or want a refresher course before heading out this winter:

What we need for skiing

Knowing the Trail Signs

I’ve got fears of accidentally jumping onto a Black Diamond trail like a bad slapstick comedy routine, so memorizing the trail markers in advance should help me out with this.

The beginner trails are short and not as steep, meaning you won’t pick up too much speed on the way down, and there are very few obstacles.

The intermediate trails are steeper, letting you go a bit faster, they have a few obstacles, but after mastering the beginner trails, they don’t sound like they’re too bad. They’re also longer trails than the beginner ones, letting you ski for longer before reaching the bottom.

The black diamond trails are more difficult—they’ve got obstacles built in, small snow banks (called moguls), and they’re very steep. Double black diamonds are only for very good/expert skiers, and should be done with a partner.
Since the rating is based on the trails at each resort, even expert skiers should start with a beginner or intermediate trail before moving up to an expert one—an intermediate trail at one resort could be more difficult than a black diamond at another, so it’s best to be cautious.

Who’s Got the Right of Way?
The person in front of you—since you can see them, but they can’t see you, you’ll have to adjust to go around them if they fall in front of you. Keep plenty of distance between the skiers around you, just to be safe (I plan on keeping as much distance as possible!)

Online Resources
If you’re like me, you might want to prep in advance before heading out, so you get the basics down (like learning to stop). I’m hoping that by watching a lot of YouTube videos for beginners that I pick up some helpful tips to get me enjoying the week, and not just struggling to keep up. I went through quite a few videos, and so far this one seems to be pretty helpful:

If you have tips for beginning skiers (or horror stories from when you started skiing), leave them in the comments below!


Amy Nguyen

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