How to Ski: 5 Things to Remember

If you are anything like the crew here at Moonlight Basin, the act of strapping on a pair of skis and gliding down a mountain can be exhilarating, fun, scary and a great workout. To keep yourself safe and make the most of this thrilling activity, here are some key points for preparation and good decision-making on the mountain.

Ski With a Buddy

The silence and solitude on a mountain may be appealing, but you should always ski with someone else for safety. If you fall or get in trouble somehow, you need a companion to help you or get help for you. It also holds true whether you’re a beginner or an experienced skier. It’s also good to have a buddy along to help capture all the fun with photos!

Know your level

Going down a mountain with skis strapped to you can sometimes get dangerous if you aren’t smart about what terrain you ride. Know you ski level and don’t attempt going down a black run when you just mastered the bunny runs. This also goes to advanced skiers, stay in the designated ski runs. The snow patrol and mountain staff work really hard to ensure your safety while on the mountain, so listen to them.

How to Stop

Beginning skiers learn quickly that if their skis are pointed straight downhill, the skis are going to carry them downhill, often in a big hurry. That’s why remembering how to stop is perhaps the most important lesson a new skier should learn. The simplest way is to turn your ankles outward and point your toes inward so your skis make a V shape. This will slow you down. Remember to turn to one side so your V is perpendicular to the bottom of the hill, not pointed straight down at it. The more your skis are pointed downhill, the faster they will take off down the hill; the more they are sideways on the hill, the less likely they are to move at all.

Stand Tall

Wearing ski boots with skis attached can make your feet and ankles feel fairly immobile. But if you can, remember to stand tall and balance on the balls of your feet. Remember, too, to move your hips forward as you stand up tall on your skis. This posture will make it easier for you to turn and remain balanced throughout the turn.

When to Call It a Day

The fun and excitement of a day on the slopes can mask the fatigue your muscles may be experiencing after several runs. Most ski injuries happen late in the day and because of that, you should avoid particularly challenging ski runs in the late afternoon or evening. Remember that your muscles and energy level may not match your enthusiasm, so end the day with an easy run and rest up for the next day.

To start planning your Montana ski trip adventure today please contact our concierge at (866) 512-7716 or


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