Skiing instruction for allThe never-ever has three choices in learning how to ski:

1. Let a friend teach you.

2. Start with ski school lessons.

3. Study learn-to-ski manuals or watch the newest teaching tool, videocassettes - a couple are listed in the appendices - with guidance both for beginners and advanced skiers.

There are certain advantages and disadvantages to each choice.

1. A friend can be of tremendous help if she happens to be a certified instructor. Otherwise, remember the Gordon adage: The only thing an amateur can teach an amateur is how to be an amateur.

1. In a ski school you’ll he learning from competent instructors who can teach you every level of skiing, from taking your first steps to becoming a demon expert in search of nothing hut black-diamond runs for the explosive hell of it. But you’ll also be sharing the instructor’s time with peer-level classmates. The (expensive) solution: A private instructor.

2. You can teach yourself elemental skills if you have the patience.

This chapter will help you learn those elemental skills, hut its focus is only on giving you enough knowledge that you’ll be able - after a couple days on the slopes - to actually ride the lifts and ski the easy green runs.

The first do-it-yourself lessons focus on such basic techniques as how to turn around, glide forward, and get up after falling. Next comes teaching your feet the proper balance, then climbing a low hill on skis, and how to side-slip, followed by that all-important skill - the snowplow, a technique that never-evers use to both stop and make turns.

It usually takes only a day or two to learn how to control your snowplow turns. Once you can do this you’ve moved from the beginner to the novice level, and a novice can ski every green trail at almost every ski resort. To develop further, it makes good skiing sense to enter an advanced novice class or to take private lessons with a certified instructor.

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