For those of us living in Vermont, skiing can be almost as natural as maple syrup. Like riding a bike, it does take a bit of effort to learn and get started. When you watch others ski, you would think it’s a very easy thing to do. However, in reality, it does take lots of practice and maybe even years of skiing to become an expert. In any case, it is relatively easy to get started.
The first step is equipment. Most ski areas in Vermont offer packages that allow people to rent and learn. Rentals are probably the best way to get started, at least the first few times, so that you become accustomed to the equipment, comfort of the boot fit, etc. Nothing is worse than buying a pair of expensive ski boots that do not fit properly. Renting will help you adapt to making the proper choices for boots that are comfortable. Also, the ski rentals staff can help you to select the proper size skis and poles to make your learning experience as safe as possible.
People of all ages can learn to ski. Though many adults can be intimidated by enrolling in classes that may also have young children, etc., but we all have to start at the basic level. It is best to learn from a professional rather than by trial and error. Learning on your own, while certainly possible, can open the door for potential injuries and bad skiing habits, that may cause issues in the future. While learning, make sure you stick to the easy (or “bunny slopes”) trails. Once you gain confidence and become good at skiing the beginner trails, then you are ready to progress on to the more challenging trails.