If it were hot and sunny all the time, it wouldn’t be ski season.
Whether you're on a family ski holiday or just out with some friends, staying warm is crucial to having a great day on the slopes. Here, our editors suggest 15 ways to stay warm while you're out there.
15) Swing your arms in circles to get the blood flowing back into your fingers. Sure you may look dumb, but would you rather look silly and get extra happy laps, or freeze?
It's National Learn To Ski and Snowboard Month, and Vermont resorts lead the way with enticing discounts for newbies.
Got a friend who needs to learn how to ski? A spouse or significant other? A friend of your kid’s? Maybe it’s up to you to turn them on to the sport you love, and there’s no better time than January, National Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month.
Top kids' instructors share wisdom on making skiing fun for everyone in the family.
13) For lessons, arrive early, preferably the day prior to get rentals if needed, to get tickets in hand and hopefully avoid lines during peak season. It is great to let your children—especially if they are very young (3-6 years)—know where they are going and what will take place throughout the day, to reassure them. — Mary Flinn Ware, Park City Mountain Resort, Utah
How to know when it’s time to let your little skier venture out on her own.
If you’re a ski parent, passing your passion for the sport on to your children is as important as teaching them how to tie their shoes. Kids who start perfecting turns before they have full command of the English language often reach adulthood as strong skiers with a healthy love of the sport. For parents who want their children to follow the path to skiing greatness, the question of how and when to let the kiddos roam free on the hill looms. Parents looking for a quick and consistent answer are out of luck.
What do all the best skiers have in common? A ready stance, a laserlike focus on the moment at hand, and the downslope vision to cope with any surprises.
Watch any good skier, and one of the first things you’ll notice is his composure. No matter the situation, he seems to flow down the mountain without effort or a care in the world. It takes a lot to rattle him, and when the mountain does present him with a sudden challenge, instinct takes over, keeping him well in control of his destiny.