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Here is some stuff I learned in Vail:


  1. Get the right ski boots. If one of your feet is larger than the other, size for the larger foot. If you are an amateur, make sure to ask for flexible boots with lots of cushioning. And make sure they are snug but not so tight that they strangle your calves and cut off your circulation.

  2. When standing or walking with ski boots on, don't lock your knees. That is of course the natural thing to do, but ski boots kind of force you into a different posture. You have to rely on your ankles - the front of the boots, rather - for support, not your knees.

  3. When skiing it is natural to lean backwards or sort of squat defensively, but it will strain your muscles and make your skis harder to control. Stand up and lean forward a bit: it's safer and more comfortable.

  4. Don't look at your skis. It will scare you and ruin your posture. Look ahead, like you would if you were driving a car.

  5. Little kids, unlike adults, are not scared of going fast. They're the ones you have to watch out for on the ski runs. Them and the snowboarders.

  6. Even though it's freakin' Vail, your mother will still be surprised at how expensive everything is.



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