I am a huge proponent of skiing. It's fun, challenging, and a great workout. If you have to live some place with long winters, having an outdoor sport that utilizes the snow keeps the insanity at bay.
To make the leap from watching the Olympics on TV to bombing the slopes, there's a few things you need.
- Take a professional lesson. I've spoken to a lot of girls who say they hate skiing. When I ask if they've ever done it. They tell me their boyfriend took them once and ditched them. DO NOT go skiing with someone whose idea of teaching you is to take you to top of the mountain and then leave you. That's not skiing and, of course, you will hate it.
- Make sure you have the proper gear (not necessarily the most expensive). If you get cold and wet, you're going to be miserable and the day is done. Borrow it if you have to but you need decent snow pants, coat, hat, and gloves.
- Along with the clothes, you can rent the proper ski equipment at any ski store or at the resorts. Make sure they measure your feet and the skis should come to about your chin. You won't need the most expensive set up for your first day. In fact, you don't want the higher end packages because they're usually for a more advanced skier.
- Accept that you're going to look silly your first day. Every skier remembers what it's like to be in your shoes and we're a supportive bunch.
If cost is a consideration, there are a lot of deals (especially right now) to help you get out there. Check out http://www.skiutah.com/winter/locals/lssm for some amazing deals. You can get ski lessons, rentals, and day passes for super cheap.