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Hello,

 

So I've recently been watching a few skiing documentaries on netflix, and all the cool gopro stuff that I can find on youtube. Skiing is something that's always appealed to me but my family were never interested in doing it so I never got the chance growing up. 

 

I'm 22 and I've just left a job and have all the time in the world now, and I've been thinking about just getting on a plane and going off somewhere, preferably somewhere where I can go skiing for a day or two. I know nothing about how it all works so I have a couple of questions.

 

1. Can you just go to a ski resort with none of your own gear, and pay to hire it all and just ski for the day?

2. Do you have to be properly trained and instructed for ages if you've never done it?

3. Where should I go? 

 

I used to rollerblade loads in my teens for a good three or four years, so I feel like i have pretty good balance when it comes to moving fast on two feet. How much does that lend itself to skiing? (anyone who has done both please let me know). In my head I don't think I'd have any problems with staying on my feet but it might be completely different to what I expect. I could roll on one wheel of one foot for like 50 at a time back in the day - surely skiing can't be harder than that?

 

If anyone could take the time to help me out/give me any advice that would be perfect. 

 

Thanks. 

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Hello,

 

So I've recently been watching a few skiing documentaries on netflix, and all the cool gopro stuff that I can find on youtube. Skiing is something that's always appealed to me but my family were never interested in doing it so I never got the chance growing up. 

 

I'm 22 and I've just left a job and have all the time in the world now, and I've been thinking about just getting on a plane and going off somewhere, preferably somewhere where I can go skiing for a day or two. I know nothing about how it all works so I have a couple of questions.

 

1. Can you just go to a ski resort with none of your own gear, and pay to hire it all and just ski for the day?

2. Do you have to be properly trained and instructed for ages if you've never done it?

3. Where should I go? 

 

I used to rollerblade loads in my teens for a good three or four years, so I feel like i have pretty good balance when it comes to moving fast on two feet. How much does that lend itself to skiing? (anyone who has done both please let me know). In my head I don't think I'd have any problems with staying on my feet but it might be completely different to what I expect. I could roll on one wheel of one foot for like 50 at a time back in the day - surely skiing can't be harder than that?

 

If anyone could take the time to help me out/give me any advice that would be perfect. 

 

Thanks. 


Welcome to EpicSki!  Look around and see if you can find the Beginner Zone (under Ski Training).  You're far younger than many who start skiing as adults.  With a few lessons, you'll be having fun in no time.

 

Maybe @Jonathan Keller can stop by and give you a little advice.  Started a couple seasons ago and learned very quickly.

 

Would help to know where you are now.  For just trying out the sport, could be that it's closer than you think.  No need to be in the Rockies to start with.

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Welcome to EpicSki!  Look around and see if you can find the Beginner Zone (under Ski Training).  You're far younger than many who start skiing as adults.  With a few lessons, you'll be having fun in no time.

 

Maybe @Jonathan Keller can stop by and give you a little advice.  Started a couple seasons ago and learned very quickly.

 

Would help to know where you are now.  For just trying out the sport, could be that it's closer than you think.  No need to be in the Rockies to start with.

 

Thanks! I didn't actually look for a sub forum in fairness so apologies for that. I'm living in manchester at the moment and I'm aware that there's an indoor slope that I could try. However the trip away was just mainly for the sake of getting out of the country for a bit, and then I was going to kill two birds with one stone by possibly going somewhere where I could ski as well. 

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Welcome to EpicSki!  Look around and see if you can find the Beginner Zone (under Ski Training).  You're far younger than many who start skiing as adults.  With a few lessons, you'll be having fun in no time.

 

Maybe @Jonathan Keller can stop by and give you a little advice.  Started a couple seasons ago and learned very quickly.

 

Would help to know where you are now.  For just trying out the sport, could be that it's closer than you think.  No need to be in the Rockies to start with.

 

Thanks! I didn't actually look for a sub forum in fairness so apologies for that. I'm living in manchester at the moment and I'm aware that there's an indoor slope that I could try. However the trip away was just mainly for the sake of getting out of the country for a bit, and then I was going to kill two birds with one stone by possibly going somewhere where I could ski as well. 


So you are in the UK?  Do you want to go somewhere in Europe or travel in North America?

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Welcome to Epicski, and to the world of skiing!!

 

I'll start by answering your numbered questions.

 

1. Yes, you can show up and rent skis, boots, and poles at any mountain. You would be well advised to have proper clothing though. That means a waterproof/windproof winter jacket, waterproof/windproof snow pants (no jeans or sweatpants!), along with warm insulating layers for top and bottom. Avoid cotton wherever possible. Buy a good pair of ski socks as well. If you're offered a helmet rental, get it. Some newbies think helmets are uncool, but everybody wears them on the mountain... except newbies who don't know better

 

2. I would strongly advise starting with a lesson. If you're reasonably athletic, you should be able to maneuver and control your speed on moderate terrain after a lesson or two. Now you can always take lessons, and they're always advisable no matter how long you ski or how good you are. I've been skiing for 30 years, been a professional instructor for 13 years, have thousands of days on skis, and still take lessons. But after the first couple, it's more taking them when you want to get something out of them, rather than them being absolutely necessary. 

 

3. Where you go depends a whole heck of a lot on where you are. Are you in the US? Europe? New Zealand. If in the USA, are you on the East Coast, West Coast, somewhere in between? That will determine where to go. I'd suggest to start you find a small hill that offers good beginner packages. Lots of mountains offer lift ticket, lesson and rental in one package price, which will save you a bunch compared to buying those separately. 

 

Roller blading does have a good skill crossover. The balance is similar, if not identical, and many of the motion patterns will transfer well into skiing. 

 

Have fun, and welcome!

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Originally Posted by Jordski11 View Post
 

 

1. Can you just go to a ski resort with none of your own gear, and pay to hire it all and just ski for the day?

2. Do you have to be properly trained and instructed for ages if you've never done it?

 

1. You can easily rent skis, boots and poles, and sometimes there are places that will rent ski pants and jacket, but usually you need your own clothes/outer layers. When I started, rather than sink a bunch of money into outerwear I didn't know if I'd keep using, I wore my cold-weather backpacking clothes. Rain pants over long underwear, Goretex parka over warm upper layers. I did buy cheapish ski gloves. I didn't even have googles at first, but I'd recommend having those. 

 

2. You can get to the point where you can have fun on easier slopes on your own fairly quickly. There are many beginning lesson series or camps (often that include gear rental) and that's a great place to start. Many of us skiers keep wanting to improve, or to learn new skills (bumps, extreme terrain, etc) and so we take lessons or camps periodically forever. But you don't have to. 

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So you are in the UK?  Do you want to go somewhere in Europe or travel in North America?

 

 

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Originally Posted by freeski919 View Post
 

Welcome to Epicski, and to the world of skiing!!

 

I'll start by answering your numbered questions.

 

1. Yes, you can show up and rent skis, boots, and poles at any mountain. You would be well advised to have proper clothing though. That means a waterproof/windproof winter jacket, waterproof/windproof snow pants (no jeans or sweatpants!), along with warm insulating layers for top and bottom. Avoid cotton wherever possible. Buy a good pair of ski socks as well. If you're offered a helmet rental, get it. Some newbies think helmets are uncool, but everybody wears them on the mountain... except newbies who don't know better

 

2. I would strongly advise starting with a lesson. If you're reasonably athletic, you should be able to maneuver and control your speed on moderate terrain after a lesson or two. Now you can always take lessons, and they're always advisable no matter how long you ski or how good you are. I've been skiing for 30 years, been a professional instructor for 13 years, have thousands of days on skis, and still take lessons. But after the first couple, it's more taking them when you want to get something out of them, rather than them being absolutely necessary. 

 

3. Where you go depends a whole heck of a lot on where you are. Are you in the US? Europe? New Zealand. If in the USA, are you on the East Coast, West Coast, somewhere in between? That will determine where to go. I'd suggest to start you find a small hill that offers good beginner packages. Lots of mountains offer lift ticket, lesson and rental in one package price, which will save you a bunch compared to buying those separately. 

 

Roller blading does have a good skill crossover. The balance is similar, if not identical, and many of the motion patterns will transfer well into skiing. 

 

Have fun, and welcome!

 

 

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Originally Posted by Christy319 View Post
 

1. You can easily rent skis, boots and poles, and sometimes there are places that will rent ski pants and jacket, but usually you need your own clothes/outer layers. When I started, rather than sink a bunch of money into outerwear I didn't know if I'd keep using, I wore my cold-weather backpacking clothes. Rain pants over long underwear, Goretex parka over warm upper layers. I did buy cheapish ski gloves. I didn't even have googles at first, but I'd recommend having those. 

 

2. You can get to the point where you can have fun on easier slopes on your own fairly quickly. There are many beginning lesson series or camps (often that include gear rental) and that's a great place to start. Many of us skiers keep wanting to improve, or to learn new skills (bumps, extreme terrain, etc) and so we take lessons or camps periodically forever. But you don't have to. 

 

Thanks for the replies and help guys, I really appreciate it. So it looks like I'll need to get myself some good clothes as a bear minimum. 

 

With regards the where I want to go, Europe is ideal just because I've not got huge budget and the less I spend on flights the more I can spend on getting some gear to keep me warm. 

 

If I'm as broad as saying anywhere in Europe, do you guys know good websites where you can book to do what I said (just turn up and rent everything and take a course and then get on with it)

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Thanks for the replies and help guys, I really appreciate it. So it looks like I'll need to get myself some good clothes as a bear minimum. 

 

With regards the where I want to go, Europe is ideal just because I've not got huge budget and the less I spend on flights the more I can spend on getting some gear to keep me warm. 

 

If I'm as broad as saying anywhere in Europe, do you guys know good websites where you can book to do what I said (just turn up and rent everything and take a course and then get on with it)

 



For your first time skiing, go to the closest and cheapest ski area near you and plan to spend a day. I would not plan a big destination trip with the thought you will be spending multiple days skiing until you've done a lesson and at least have the basic skills down. Some people go through that first lesson then decide skiing just isn't for them.
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Thanks for the replies and help guys, I really appreciate it. So it looks like I'll need to get myself some good clothes as a bear minimum. 

 

With regards the where I want to go, Europe is ideal just because I've not got huge budget and the less I spend on flights the more I can spend on getting some gear to keep me warm. 

 

If I'm as broad as saying anywhere in Europe, do you guys know good websites where you can book to do what I said (just turn up and rent everything and take a course and then get on with it)

 



For your first time skiing, go to the closest and cheapest ski area near you and plan to spend a day. I would not plan a big destination trip with the thought you will be spending multiple days skiing until you've done a lesson and at least have the basic skills down. Some people go through that first lesson then decide skiing just isn't for them.

That's a very good point, maybe I'll try and head to this indoor place first. I'm just itching to get away, need to be sensible! Cheers mate. 

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Thanks for the replies and help guys, I really appreciate it. So it looks like I'll need to get myself some good clothes as a bear minimum. 

 

With regards the where I want to go, Europe is ideal just because I've not got huge budget and the less I spend on flights the more I can spend on getting some gear to keep me warm. 

 

If I'm as broad as saying anywhere in Europe, do you guys know good websites where you can book to do what I said (just turn up and rent everything and take a course and then get on with it)

You might take a look at snowheads.com .  It's based in the UK I think.

 

In North America, there is not need to book in advance for a beginner who wants to get started.  Often there is a package deal that includes lift ticket, rental for boots, skis, poles, plus a beginner lesson.  I would think the same is true in Europe.

 

If there is an indoor slope nearby, definitely a good way to see how much you like sliding on snow.  That sort of facility does not exist in North America at the moment.

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