Graham Bell's Top Tips For Learning To Ski

We spoke to former Olympic skier and Ski Sunday presenter Graham Bell, who shares his top tips for learning how to ski.

1) "Get some lessons either on an artificial or indoor snow ski slope before you go, it will save the first couple of days being stuck down on the nursery slopes."

2) "Don’t learn from a family member or partner, they will only end up getting frustrated and could lead you onto slopes that you are not ready for."

3) "Get fit before you go.  Skiing and snowboarding are dynamic sports that are physically demanding even if you know what you are doing.  When you are learning, your movements take cognitive thought which means your muscles work much harder than if you can already ski and can do it automatically."

4) "Watch some ski or snowboard videos.  Watching the pro ski steep powder runs or jump off cliffs will get you in the mood, but there are also a few tuition videos available online."

5) "Wear the right clothes.  The key to this is layering with good quick drying base layers.  Cotton T-shirts are not a good idea as once wet they will stay wet, and jeans are a complete no go."

6) "A good pair of ski socks should be the only material between you and your boot, do not tuck anything into the top or your boots.  Wear ¾ length long johns or cut them off at the shin."

7) "A good pair of gloves are important if you are learning because you will spend a lot of time in contact with the snow."

8) "Bring a rucksack up the mountain, you have an option for shedding layers if you get too hot and can pack some water."

9) "Learn with friends, and leave your inhibitions in the chalet.  You will fall over learning to ski or snowboard but that is part of the fun so relax and go with it."

10) "Pick an easy run and stick with it for the first couple of days, you will be able to work more on your technique if you are not having to navigate the mountain."

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