Ive been reading so much information on this forum that it has inspired me to pursue skiing again. I actually learned how to ski when I was about 15, switched over to snowboarding for awhile, until just recently (im 23). To my surprise, i realized i loved skiing more. Going through the learning process again I just wanted to say that it was through this forums guidance and mentoring that have taught me so much. I hope I could give some of my personal tips on learning how to ski. (I believe Im a level 3.5?)
1. Probably the most basic thing Ive learned throughout my experience in the snow is to be properly dressed. Keeping warm keeps one focused on the technique at hand and not the bitter cold.
2. Never be afraid to take lessons. Youtube is great, but a pro watching you is most likely better.
3. When in doubt, ski with buddies. It makes it more enjoyable and laughing about the day makes learning pains hurt less.
4. Be patient as you would be learning some entirely new. I think its better to just take it nice and easy. Everything else will soon follow with diligence and love of the sport. I consider myself to have close to nil athletic ability. Poor flexibility, poor muscular strength, and poor cardiovascular capabilities. But, through slow and moderate ski seasons, I have progressed to a point I never though I could reach.
5. This one is pretty obvious if you've been patient and kind enough to read my post, but I often read this forum for new information everyday. Ive learned so much here in one session than what ive learned in 2-3 days of skiing. The mature and mentoring personalities of the people here are awesome.
Thank You for reading my post. I hope to ski with you in the Tahoe/Reno area in CA. (I wear the noisy bright yellow pants.)
Please take care of me, i'll be under ur guidance.