IVGID Tip: 4 Tahoe pointers for the beginner skier/rider | SierraSun.com

IVGID Tip: 4 Tahoe pointers for the beginner skier/rider

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It can be cold out on Tahoe's slopes, so be sure to dress appropriately.
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January is Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month, a national initiative to encourage people to try skiing or snowboarding.

Here are a few tips to help beginners enjoy their time on the slopes:

1. Dress for variable conditions. The weather changes quickly in the mountains so it’s important to layer and wear waterproof clothing.

You’ll have a better day on the slopes if you stay warm and dry. Wear waterproof snow pants, a jacket, and gloves.

Goggles or wraparound sunglasses are also important to help protect your eyes from the sun and wind.

A helmet is a good idea for skiers of all abilities, but especially for beginners who sometimes can get out of control.

2. Start out on the right terrain and know your ability. If it is your first time skiing, or first time back to the sport, start on the easiest beginner run and work your way up.

Get the basic techniques down on the beginner terrain where it’s easier to control your speed.

3. Look up and be aware of your surroundings. Don’t look down at your ski tips, look ahead of you so you can see the terrain and any obstacles ahead.

Looking in the direction you want to go will also help steer your body and skis in that direction.

4. Take a lesson. Although your friend or family member may be a good skier or snowboarder, it’s not the best idea to let them teach you. Learning something new can be frustrating and you want to have a great experience and not jeopardize your relationship.

January is the perfect time to learn with less crowds and special deals going on for Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month. Diamond Peak is offering $39 Learn to Ski and Ride lesson packages Jan. 12-16, which include a beginner lift ticket, equipment rentals and a group lesson for ages four to adults.

“IVGID Tip” is a bi-weekly feature running in the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza, in partnership with the Incline Village General Improvement District, providing locals with various tips pertaining to the recreation opportunities and services the district provides. This tip was provided by Diamond Peak Ski Resort. Visit DiamondPeak.com or call 775-832-1177 for more information.