New to Skiing or Snowboarding? These Expert Tips Will Help You Hit The Slopes With Confidence


Taking a stab at skiing or snowboarding as a novice can seem daunting. We partnered with Vail Resorts to show travelers how it doesn’t need to be.

If watching winter athletes take to the slopes with ease, athleticism, and verve fills you with a special blend of awe, envy, and curiosity, you’re far from alone. Ever wanted to be able to use the word piste (French for “trail” or “slope”) in casual conversation? There’s no season like the present to begin. Having a go at skiing or snowboarding hardly requires you to hold any records, be they local or international.

We (figuratively) touched base with expert skiers and snowboarders to get some must-know tips for beginners, with everything from how many pairs of socks to wear to how to best move on the freshies (code for untouched blankets of snow). At Vail Resorts, learning at exactly your own pace — armed with their Epic Day Pass — is just the ticket. Last chance to buy the pass is November 24!

Have a look at the tips below, and we’ll see you at après-ski. 

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