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    Staff Christmas shindig this year is getting free range of a ski resort; cool runnings indeed. Thing is I have never been skiing in my life and am pretty clumsy and accident prone. Any tips?

    Personally, I prefer the idea of cross-country skiing- I'm not into huge crowds. Also get to go dog sledding, done that before lots of fun.

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    Get lessons for the first day or two so you learn how to stop and can turn a bit. Then take it easy on fairly easy slopes. Keep off the steep/ difficult/ black slopes. Enjoy. It's fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neverna View Post
    Get lessons for the first day or two so you learn how to stop and can turn a bit. Then take it easy on fairly easy slopes. Keep off the steep/ difficult/ black slopes. Enjoy. It's fun.
    Yes a couple of hours lessons, learn to "snow plow" stop by forcing the tips of your skis together. Just do the bunny slopes, you will have a really good time. But be prepared to fall down. If you can rent waterproof gear do so... But that gear did not exist when I learned.

    One of the benefits of northern California. Summer water skiing at Lake Tahoe, Winter snow skiing at Lake Tahoe..

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    Get smashed. Start early. Then if you fall over you can blame the booze.

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    I lived in a swiss ski resort for two years, 85-87.

    You'll have a blast.

    Bend zee knees.

    Relax into the falls.

    Gluhwein helps with this.

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    Now I know where I saw you (with a schnaps)

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    forget about skis and rent a snowboard. some say it's more difficult for beginners, but IME it's not. you'll take a beating on the first day, but by the afternoon of the second you should be going down the greens pretty easily.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mandaloopy View Post
    Thing is I have never been skiing in my life and am pretty clumsy and accident prone.
    Any of the other staff been skiing before?

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    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh View Post
    Any of the other staff been skiing before?
    That would have been my question. If there are other noobs, just stick with them.

    Fake an ankle injury early on and spend the rest of the trip putting fine wines and cocktails on the CEO's tab.

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    Booze up will be after skiing at the Shangri La- another one of the CEOs business interests being Mongolia's wealthiest man. A combination of having billions in the banks and an obligation to carry on nomad hospitality means for some pretty decent parties.

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    You can pizza, just don't schuss the piste pissed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mandaloopy View Post
    Staff Christmas shindig this year is getting free range of a ski resort; cool runnings indeed. Thing is I have never been skiing in my life and am pretty clumsy and accident prone. Any tips?
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    Cross country skiing is quite different from downhill skiing I believe - and needs a different type of ski.

    Sick to the baby/training slopes, and under no circumstances get talking into doing a "normal" run. The learning curve is f*cking steep. I am ok on a baby slope, put me on even the lowest level normal run and I damn near shit myself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aging one View Post
    One of the benefits of northern California. Summer water skiing at Lake Tahoe, Winter snow skiing at Lake Tahoe..
    Yup, Squaw Valley for me. Taught both my kids to ski there.
    Taking lessons is a must unless you have someone willing to spend the time teaching you the basics. Chair lifts can be intimidating for beginners so stick with pommel lifts or rope tows until you get the feel of getting around on skis.
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