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If you’ve never skied before and you want to learn how, you may be a bit frightened. Racing down the hills at top speeds can seem a little daunting, but once you try your hand at it you’ll see just how easy it really is.

As a beginner, one of the most important steps is getting yourself the right ski equipment before going skiing in Massachusetts, or anywhere else for that matter. Skip on the used equipment and instead get yourself some quality gear you can rely on. This is not only for durability, to ensure your equipment lasts you over the years, especially through the wear and tear you’ll put it through when you’re first starting, but also for safety reasons. There are a few key pieces of ski equipment you’ll need, including a good pair of boots, boot clips, skis and poles.

Getting in the right position is essential, before heading down even the smallest hill. The traditional learning stance is called the snow plow position, and involves you standing with your skis facing forward, knees slightly bent, with your hands holding the poles, elbows bent slightly. Once you are in this position, you are able to power off with your legs, using your poles to guide yourself down the hill. Always start on smaller hills when you’re getting in practice time. Don’t overdo it by heading down a huge hill. It will only be intimidating and you could possibly get seriously hurt.

Learning to turn is an important part of skiing. When you are going straight down a hill, if you want to turn you need to rotate both of your legs in the same direction, off to the left if you want to turn left, and right to turn in a right direction. The faster you are going, the faster you’ll need to turn your legs to make the turn.

As you get in more practice and start to feel more comfortable on your skis, you can begin skiing down bigger hills. Make sure you get your confidence up and understand the basics before taking on too big of challenges. Over time, you will start to feel more comfortable on your skis and big hills will not be as scary. It can help to get a professional ski instructor to teach you.

If you want to get in some great skiing time, go skiing in Massachusetts. With hundreds of top ski resorts to pick from, whether you want a bunny hill or a big drop, you can find the perfect resort.