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Skiing for the first time is certainly an adventure, especially if you’re a newb like me. Recently I had the opportunity to hit the slopes as part of my Lake Tahoe winter adventure with Kia. One of the fun things we did while staying at the Ritz-Carlton, Northstar was ski. Being a Florida girl with a Florida family, we weren’t quite sure what we were in for. And of course being me, I didn’t really look it up either. I’m more of the adventurous type. But, for those of you who like to be informed, here are some things to know about being a newbie and hitting the slopes… or should I say, the ground.
Skiing for the First Time
Don’t Underestimate the Weather
If you’re in a ski destination like I was in Lake Tahoe, chances are the weather can be a bit unpredictable. You could have clear skies one moment and a blizzard the next. Make sure when you’re packing, you have a ski mask/neck warmer like this. This will allow you to cover your face when it’s windy and it will keep you warm.
You’ll Want to Pack Moisture Wicking Socks and a Moisture Wicking Base Layer
I can’t stress enough the importance of the right base layer. It is the game changer when it comes to staying warm in extreme climates. Moisture wicking socks like these will keep your feet dry and warm as will moisture wicking base clothes like these. The first step is being warm.
Stretch Those Muscles and Hydrate!
Next to being warm, it’s super important to be physically ready to go skiing for the first time. Balancing yourself, getting up the small beginner hills and getting up off the ground are more challenging than you think! One of the most physically challenging parts of being a newb on the slopes was getting up.
Wear a GoPro
I wish I had hooked up my GoPro. I instantly regret leaving it in the hotel room. If you don’t already have one you can find them here. With this clip-on video camera, you can capture all your victories and bloopers from skiing for the first time.
Pay Close Attention to Your Instructor
If you think it’s impossible to get hurt when skiing for the first time you couldn’t be more wrong. Learning how to stop is golden. I actually did really well until I tried to stop. I ended up with a massive bruise on my calf (which is actually still there over a month later). If you feel like you don’t quite have it, tell your instructor until you’re confident.
The Kia Sorento Winter Adventure Ski Trip
As a proud Kia owner and influencer, I wouldn’t choose any other car for a winter adventure like this. The Kia Sorento has everything you could ask for whenit comes to winter adventure. Check out all my favorite things about the Kia Sorento.
- Super huge panoramic sunroof which extends from front to rear for ultimate scenic drive views
- Seat warmers in front and back
- Steering wheel warmer
- Built in navigation so you don’t get lost in the mountains
- Equipped with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay so you can use your driving apps on the screen
- Space, space and more space – third row offers extra human hauling, lay-flat seats offer extra cargo hauling (for those skis when you become a pro)
- Smart cruise control with braking – yeah it sets the pace between you and the car in front of you and brakes for YOU
- Auto hold so you don’t roll when you’re stopped in gear
- 360 camera for complete camera views of the vehicle
- Center lock differential button for extra traction (when to use)
- Electronic parking brake
Kia had my Sorento outfitted with Michelin winter/snow tires which really came in handy on those icy roads without the need for chains.
At the end of it all, skiing is a lot of fun. And while you may not be doing epic flips when skiing for the first time, you’re going to have an adventure. Don’t give up if your first time wasn’t graceful like a gazelle. It takes time to get the muscle memory required for skiing, but with patience and determination, you’ll find it’s very rewarding.