b'LEARN TO SKI:WHAT TO EXPECT FROMYOUR FIRST LESSONBooked yourrst ski holiday? Get to grips with the basics before you hit the mountain at the UKs largest indoor snow centre, Snozone. Heres what to expect from yourrst ski or snowboarding lesson. GET INTO GEARIN THE BEGINNERS AREA TAKING BACK Aim to arrive up to 40 minutesNow comes the actual skiing.CONTROLearly for your lesson to checkThe beginners area of anBefore you even try to in, collect your equipment andindoor ski centre is a shorterslide down the slope, get changed. If you dont haveslope set apart from the mainyour Coach will give any ski kit, you can always hirepiste, and used specifically foryou pointers to help a ski jacket and salopettes atteaching novices. One of theyou achieve the right the venue. Bring gloves, or youfirst exercises youll try willposture and balance on can buy them at the centresbe to get you used to movingyour skis or board. The shop. Skis, boots, poles andforward in skis or getting upbasic ski position is a kind helmets are included in theon your board on a flat partof crouch, like a goalkeeper lesson price. A technician willof the slope. Other typicalwaiting for a penalty kick. ask you your height, weightfirst skills include sliding yourYour first descent will be and shoe size - this is so theskis back and forth whilstshort, and at this stage equipment can be set upstationary, lifting one ski andskiers will be told to keep skis correctly for you. Your heightthen the other, and getting theangled towards each other helps determine the length ofhang of walking sideways orin a V-shape. This is the basic ski or board youre given, andwalking with one binding outsnowplough, and is your go-to ski or snowboard boots will befor snowboarders. You shouldposition while you learn to the same size as your normalprogress to sidestepping,control your speed and come footwear. Knowing your weightlearning to use the edgesto a stop. Snowboarders will helps the technician to set theof your skis to grip thelearn to side slip on their binding on the ski (the fixingsnow as you step sidewaystoe edge and heel edges. that holds you into the ski), soup the slope. You will alsoYou will carry on practicing that if you take a twisting fallbe introduced to using thethis technique until youre the ski will come off easily. beginner ski lift.comfortable with it. MEET YOUR COACHGET TO KNOW YOUR SKIS RIDING SKI LIFTSNext, youll be directed toNext, youll make your way to theDepending on the length of your a waiting area to meet yourlearning slope - this will meanlesson, you may move across Coach, who will introducegetting used to walking in yourto the main slope, and this will themselves and explain whatboots. Ski boots are a little trickermean riding on a button lift. to expect from your lessonto manage than snowboardPretty much everyone has fallen to help settle any nerves andboots, which are much softerover on a button lift at some answer any questions youand more comfortable atrstpoint, so dont feel embarrassed have. This is also a good timethan ski boots. Your Coach willif you do tooif (when!) it for you to tell your Coach ifalso show you the safest way tohappens, the lift operator will you have any medical issuescarry your skis or board. Once onstop the lift, giving you time to that may be relevant. Itsthe snow, youll be shown how toget back up again. Your Coach worth remembering that allget into your skis or snowboard.will demonstrate how to get onto Coaches have gone through aSkis have a simple step-in bindingthe lift, which involves grabbing training programme and willsystem, while snowboard bootsa button-shaped seat on a steel only be allowed to take a classstrap in to the binding on yourpole and sticking it between your once theyve passed stringentboard. If youre skiing youll alsolegs - the lift then drags you up tests, and that they deal withhave poles with you, which arethe mountain with your skis or complete beginners every day. chosen to suit your height.board still on the snow. 140SNOWMAGAZINE.COMWhat to expect first ski lesson Roger edit SL v2_SC_JW.indd 140 17/10/2019 20:24'