Leveraging over 33 years of management and engineering experience, Donald Lee (Don) Pferdehirt serves as the president of ChemOps Insights LLC, a consulting company that specializes in issues related to design, staffing, and production in the chemical processing sector. Aside from his professional responsibilities in Spring, TX, Don Pferdehirt enjoys skiing.
Seasoned skiers can’t wait for the temperatures to drop and powdery snow to blanket the ground. The snow-covered slopes are magnetic, drawing both beginners and experts to the slopes for another season of thrills, spills, and memories. When skiing rookies are invited to join friends at a ski resort on a chilly winter day, what should they expect?
First, rookie skiers should expect to be challenged. Skiing is unlike most sports and takes a while to master. The boots are awkward at first and make walking difficult. They should also expect to fall a lot. Though learning to ski isn’t always easy, the basics will begin to feel normal and intuitive after a few days.
Beginners should plan on taking a few ski lessons upon arrival. Certified ski instructors will teach rookies the basic skills they need to succeed on the slopes including turning, stopping, slowing down, and riding the ski lift. Beginning classes are usually taught in a group format.
Being prepared will make a first ski trip more enjoyable. They should dress carefully, layering thermals, clothing, and waterproof outerwear. Cotton items should be avoided since they don’t dry easily. Thick socks and waterproof gloves are also essential. In addition, sunny days on the slopes often require sunscreen, sunglasses or goggles, and lip balm.
Finally, beginning skiers should expect to have fun! No matter one’s skill level, skiing can be an exciting and thrilling adventure.