There is nothing like the actual experience of learning how to ski or snowboard at a resort but there are alternatives that make it very easy to get the hang of it while relaxing on one’s comfy (and warm) couch. Plenty of over the top videos exist for thrill-seekers but what about those who are either just learning or trying to improve?
The Professional Ski Instructors of America-America/Association of Snowboard Instructors organization has created a new series of videos that introduce the basics of learning how to ski or snowboard along in addition to more advanced advice.
Topics in Part One of the ski series covers how to put on the boots, getting in and out of the boots, the parts of a ski and how to carry them Part One of the snowboard series covers similar related topics plus the snowboard stance. Other videos cover basic on-snow maneuvers, how to load a chairlift, and more.
The videos were produced in partnership with Halley O’Brien, a popular snow sports videographer and host of SKI magazine’s “The Snow Report” and Snow Operating, the folks who developed terrain-based learning (example from Mountain Creek, NJ) and also created the new indoor ski area called Big Snow – American Dream in East Rutherford, NJ.
Let’s face it! Learning how to ski or snowboard is not for the faint of heart. It requires skill, perseverance, patience, and a myriad of other qualities too numerous to mention here.
BUT, once you take the leap, and assuming you learn from someone who knows what they are doing, you may not ever look back.