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  • How to Learn to Ski. Strapping fiberglass slabs on your feet to propel yourself down

  • a mountain might seem insane, but once you learn how to ski, it’s addictive. You will

  • need Warm, waterproof clothes Ski gloves or mittens Hatt or headband Sunglasses or goggles

  • Skis and ski poles, boots, and bindings. Step 1. Before you head to the slopes, make sure

  • you're dressed properly. Wear several layers of warm clothes, thick socks, waterproof pants,

  • a hat or headband, ski gloves or mittens, and a ski jacket. Wear protective sunglasses

  • or goggles to protect your eyes from the glare of both the sun and the snow. Step 2. Buy

  • or rent ski equipment: skis, poles, and boots with bindings. Have a professional ski tuner

  • select the right length and type of ski for you, and have them adjust the bindings--which

  • keep your ski boots attached to your skis--for your weight and beginner status. In general,

  • beginners should rent ski equipment, as your needs will change as you improve. Eventually,

  • once youre skiing a lot and know what you want, you can buy. Step 3. Begin on a flat

  • surface. Get the feel of the skis by slowly walking around, knees slightly bent. Slide

  • one ski ahead of the other, avoiding the temptation to lean backwards. Step 4. Once you feel comfortable

  • in your skis, head to the smallest hill, orbunny slope.” Here youll probably

  • find a “rope towto hold onto--or a conveyor belt called a “magic carpetto stand

  • on--that will get you to the top of the hill. Keep your skis straight as youre heading

  • up! Consider taking lessons; it’s the best way to learn. Step 5. When you reach the top

  • of the bunny hill, position your skis so they are facing _across_ the slope of the hill,

  • not down it. You don’t want your skis taking off before youre ready! Step 6. Practice

  • the snowplow, or wedge, position. With your legs slightly bent and your weight on the

  • balls of your feet, bring the tips of your skis together and the tails of your skis apart--like

  • an upside down “V.” Step 7. Gently point your skis down the hill. Keeping them in the

  • wedge position will prevent you from picking up too much speed. Let yourself slowly glide

  • down the hill, widening the angle of your wedge if you need to slow down. If you fall--and

  • you will!--get up with your skis facing across the slope. Step 8. Once youre comfortable

  • snowplowing, youre ready to start turning. Simply shift your weight onto the ski opposite

  • the direction you want to turn. For example, to turn right, shift your weight onto your

  • left ski. Stay in your wedge! Step 9. To avoid coming to a stop, turn in one direction, then

  • the other. Proceed down the hill in this lazy zigzag fashion. Step 10. Now practice slowing

  • down and stopping. To slow down, bend your knees and shift your weight forward, widening

  • your wedge. To stop, initiate a turn and follow through until your skis are perpendicular

  • to the direction of the slope. You will naturally come to a stop. If you ever feel out of control,

  • it is always better to squat down and fall on your side than to run into another person

  • or object. Step 11. Continue gliding, turning, slowing, and stopping in the snowplow position.

  • Before you know it, youll be bidding the bunny slope goodbye forever! Did you know

  • In 1970, Yuichiro Miura of Japan became the first person to ski on Mt. Everest, and in

  • 2003, when he was 70, became the oldest person to reach its summit.

How to Learn to Ski. Strapping fiberglass slabs on your feet to propel yourself down

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