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4 Reasons to Learn to Ski

February 19, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 125

Despite the fact that it's an exhilarating sport with a number of health and social benefits, there are millions of people out there who have never been or don't have the desire to go skiing. After all, with all the expensive equipment you have to buy or hire and the fact that it's so very cold on top of mountains, why would you bother learning to ski?

1. Learn a New Skill It's always rewarding to learn a new skill and it's never too late to learn to ski. The sense of achievement you get from mastering techniques, tackling difficult slopes and pushing your personal boundaries is unparalleled. Remember the feeling you got when you learned a particular song on your guitar or mastered part of a new language? With skiing, you'll get that same feeling!

2. Keep Fit Skiing is an excellent way to keep fit and it's demanding physical nature allows you to build your core strength. Having said that, it's only as demanding as you want it to be, but even leisurely skiers who prefer gentle touring will strengthen their stomach muscles, inner thighs, lower back muscles, biceps and many other parts of the body that we don't generally tend to think about! It's also a great way to lose weight and you can burn up to 500 calories an hour.

3. Enjoy the Social Life Skiing, like most other sports, has a vibrant community behind it and whether it's here in the UK or abroad, you'll find loads of friendly, like-minded people who share a love of winter sports. From the excellent nightlife in many of the popular resorts to the camaraderie to the community at home, you'll find yourself as attracted to the social benefits of skiing as you will the actual sport itself.

4. Overcome Fear A lot of people don't take up skiing because they don't believe they would be very good at it and the idea of skiing in general is a daunting prospect. You go too fast, the mountains are too high, there's a risk of injury, it's too difficult; the reasons they come up with are endless. In reality, there are slopes for every type of skier and for those who are apprehensive, green and blue slopes offer gentle and easy-going progress. As for thinking you can't do it, if you take a few ski lessons you'll be hooked - and a lot more confident - in no time. It's common to see children as young as 2 and 3 taking their first steps (slides?) on the slopes, and if they can do it, you can certainly do it.

What are you waiting for? Get out on those slopes and see what you've been missing!

The Snow Centre in Hemel Hempstead is the largest indoor ski slope in the UK, offering expert ski and snowboard lessons for all skill levels.

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