Watch & Learn—If you’re a visual learner, this one is perfect for you. Whether it’s a Warren Miller classic, the upcoming Olympic games, or YouTube videos filled with tips and tricks, there are endless video resources that can help improve your skiing even after you’re off the slopes. This is perfect for beginners and for advanced skiers hoping to master a specific skill. With all of the free online content, there’s no excuses! If you need somewhere to start, check out the Ski School by Elate Media channel on YouTube.
Lessons—Lessons are a proven way to make sure that you’ll improve skills from the basic snow plow to full-blown moguls. Whether you’re a beginner, intermediate, or advanced skier, there’s always more to learn that an instructor can teach you. Sign up for lessons to get hands on practice and individualized instruction—you can even book lessons online for your next trip to Granite Peak!
Hit the Gym—Another great way to prep before heading to the hill is by building up your leg muscles. Whether you’re a snowboarder or a skier, chances are you’ll have legs of Jell-O after your first day on the slopes. Because skiing works certain muscle groups in unique ways, it’s best to start preparing even when there’s no snow on the ground. From lateral hops to squats, there are many different exercises you can do to build your strength up for ski season. If you’re in need of inspiration, check out this guide by Outside Magazine.
Bring Friends—Skiing and snowboarding with friends not only makes the experience more fun, but it’s also a great way to boost your skills. Practice makes perfect, and the more runs you can get in, the better you will become! You can help each other out by watching and offering feedback, and even videotaping each other. This is especially helpful when working on new tricks in the park, whether you’re taping on the newest GoPro or just on your camera phone.
Practice on your own—As great as skiing with buddies can be, sometimes it’s easier to work on techniques when you can go at your own pace. Make sure you’re also making time to get comfortable on your own, so you can really put all of your focus into improving. Don’t be afraid to get out there and practice, and always, be cautious when learning new skills on the slopes. Most of all, have fun!