Beginner's Guide to Skiing [Infographic]

Are you searching for a beginner's guide to skiing? well, you've come to the right place. HomeAway has everything you need to know before you hit the slopes for the first time.

When To Go

  • January through February is the best time to go skiing in the US.
  • May also offers up decent skiing conditions for the highest elevations.

Where To Go

Top ski resorts offer up great elevations, plenty of runs, and lessons for beginners. Some favorites include...

What To Wear

It depends on the weather!
  • Sunny weather - Jacket and light sweartshirt, or heavy long-sleeve shirt, with waterproof ski pants, lightweight gloves, and sunglasses
  • Cloudy and sunny - Jacket, with thermal shirt, insulated ski pants, thermal underwear, heavy gloves, and ear muffs
  • Cloudy - Insulated ski jacket and at least three layers, with thermal shirt, insulated ski patns, thermal underwear, heavy gloves, and coverings for your ear, neck, and head
  • Snowy/very cold - insulated ski jacket, with thermal shirt, insulated ski pants, warm sweatpants, thermal underwear, glove liners and heavy gloves, googles, and coverings for your ear, neck, head, and nose

What to Expect

  • Practice on a bunny hill and with an instructor
  • Hit the "green" runs, which are made for beginners. Blues are for intermediates, and blacks are for experts.

How to Fall

  • Fall feet-first and on your side
  • Fall uphill
  • Land on your backside

Now that you've read this beginner's guide to skiing, you should be confident about your first ski trip!

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