First Timer to Ski School

Hi All,
First time posting. I'm 34 and have been slalom skiing since I was about 10 years old; primarily open water, but i've had the opportunity to run the course on occasion. In May I'll be realizing a longstanding goal of mine which is to go to a ski school for 4 days. I hope to do this on a yearly basis going forward. I've never been coached in the sport, but have always had an strong desire to course ski and progress in the sport. I would consider myself a novice skier and I don't think I have too many bad habits (but I guess i'll see shortly). My question is perhaps broad, but any tips or advice for a first-time ski school attendee? Appreciate it!


  • BraceMakerBraceMaker Posts: 5,032 Mega Baller
    Get a belt sander and start trying to stop it bare hand. Then suicide sprint squats and pull ups
  • bigtex2011bigtex2011 Posts: 679 Crazy Baller
    bring duct tape or something for your hands. try to get a little time on the water before going to keep from getting sore.

    have fun
  • LanceHCookLanceHCook Posts: 40 Baller
    I was in exactly the same situation as you this past winter--except I'm 50. I went to The Boarding School and got coached by Freddie Winter which was a fantastic experience. I have decades old bad habits which are really tough to unlearn and it seemed like all the coaching I got while sitting in the water exited my brain by the time I had re-started and was heading toward the course. Freddie was great because he didn't overwhelm me with jargon or a laundry list of critique, he concentrated on fundamentals.

    If I had any advise to give it's don't get frustrated, understand that it's a learning process and tape the shit out of your hands, mine were oozing puss like a hooker at a leper convention.
  • dhofertdhofert Posts: 216 Baller
    I too got my first formal training this week. I'm actually sitting in the plane now. I too went to The Boarding School and both Freddie and Travis were great to work with. I have never ran the course before and I ran all 6 multiple times on my last set of the week. My hands hold up but I am very very sore. Get on the water a bit before you go if you can. Keep an open mind and have fun.

  • BroussardBroussard Posts: 709 Crazy Baller
    Make sure that you are skiing at home before you head off. If you're used to skiing 3 sets a week, trying to ski 3 or so sets a day for 4 days straight will destroy your body.
    Andre Broussard | Action Water Sports | SkiBennetts |
  • ski6jonesski6jones Posts: 1,274 Mega Baller
    edited April 2018
    First, GO!
    Second, get to where you can ski 8 passes without breathing hard before you leave your home site.
    Finally, don't feel like you need to ski 3-4 sets per day. When i go for coaching I alternate 1 and 2 set days. 4 sets per day is counterproductive IMHO. At least stop when you can no longer hold a proper skiing position.
    Coaching is the best $$ you can spend on your skiing.
    Carl Addington, Cedar Ridge, MS
  • albertabradalbertabrad Posts: 8 Baller
    edited April 2018
    Great (and hilarious) advice and insight, thanks everyone! Definitely going to try and get on the water once or twice beforehand; been a late spring here.
  • DynaSkiPeteDynaSkiPete Posts: 137 Baller
    It will seem like a very long four days. Your hands will get beat up and all your body will ache. So you will go back again and again . . . . . .
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