Whether it’s your first time or not, there are things that may not be expected to happen on a ski vacation. Here are a few:
Pizza and Fries are not just 'ol American fast food
On the slopes, pizza and French Fries are a skier's lingo for placement of the skis/their feet. "Pizza" is the position of pointing your toes and extending your skis together, creating a wedge-shape. French fries, on the other hand, are when you set your skis in a parallel position and they face straight ahead.
At most, both moves are a very foundation concept you need to practice in order to become a better skier when hitting the slopes.
You’ll meet younger and smaller skiers better than you
Ski enthusiasts are getting younger and younger these days. There are many kids wanting to learn the sport. Don't get intimidated by kids doing tricks and turns on the slopes, it's okay. Instead, see them as your inspiration to get better.
You’ll fall if you lean back
It’s one of the hardest aspects in learning to ski, especially if you’re afraid of the high speeds while leaning forward. However the counteract of leaning back, will make you lose balance and fall. It's an inevitable fact that most have to experience firsthand before they can correct it.
Skiing is like driving
Like driving a car, skiing is dangerous. That's why both need proper training. But unlike driving a car, skis have no sirens or signal lights to give others your warning. Thus, concentration is a must to avoid accidents.
Helmets are also hats
On the slopes, helmets are also considered as hats. They most importantly provide head safety and warmth, but people forget they also prevent big chills that are caused by evaporation.
Skis are different
Skis come in different designs and dimensions because no two skiers are the same. Furthermore, even if you skied three times on your previous ski trips, factors like your weight and skills change each time. These changes will affect the binding settings of your skis.
Don't forget your primary reason for skiing
To have fun -- this is your primary reason why you wanted to learn skiing. But later on, when you've improved your skiing skills, you focus more on the competition and impressing your peers. However once you remember to have fun, you're already are a better skier than you were.
Don't compare or judge others' skiing techniques
This is the basic unwritten rule in skiing that most rookies don’t follow. When you're sitting at the table with other skiers, don't compare or judge how their skills. Every skier has his or her own style.
Have you already encountered some of those? Well, there are still many things you can expect to happen on your trip. Just remember the basics, stay safe and have fun on your ski vacation!