How to Look Like a Pro Skier Even When You’re a Complete Beginner (Part 2)

Mind Your Boots
Don’t wander around with boot wide open, the straps trailing along the floor, and your trousers bunched up on your calves. You can loosen your boots in the restaurant at lunchtime – but in the slopes, make sure you tie them up firmly. Beginners also remember not to tuck your trousers inside!

Carry Your Skis Equipment Correctly
Your skis should be carried over your shoulder, and the bases of skis facing each other and pointing the tips forwards, letting bindings rest just behind the shoulder. An exception can be made for uphill hikes by strapping their skis onto the backpacks for the climb.

Highlights of ski carrying DON’T include The Scissors, The Rifle, and The Bundle of Wood as well as The Water Buckets – especially no-nos to carry them across their shoulders with a helmet dangling from the tips.

When you turn back to talk to a friend while carrying skis on your shoulder, just ensure there is nobody is walking behind who could be knocked out and severely injured.

Hold Your Poles Properly
Put your hand up through the loop and then hold onto the pole – don’t try other way as you might hurt your thumb in a fall. Many instructors advise holding the poles over the loops when skiing to avoid anchoring yourself down in a fall of deep snow, and you’ll be able to get out of them easily if you were not lucky enough to find yourself in an avalanche.

Don’t use the straps to carry ski and don’t hold them with the sharp tips facing upwards or facing them the wrong way around, like swords. They can be very dangerous equipment, carrying by the wrong hands.

Avoid The Punter Gap
The Punter Gap is the space between your goggles and helmet or hat. The weird stripe that goes with your goggle marks doesn’t make you look professional. Get rid of it.