How Hard is Skiing?

Published by Harry Sowers on

Is Skiing Really That Hard?

Skiing is an unbelievably funny sport that everyone should try out at least once. But for those who are interested, there’s one major problem that keeps them from turning skiing from a fantasy into an actual hobby. The problem is they don’t know how easy or hard it is to advance and practice skiing. It’s already challenging enough waiting one season a year to ski, but what if they spend the entire winter with absolutely no progress? The difficulty of skiing is what I will address in this article. So keep on reading if you have ever wondered is skiing hard?

How Hard is Skiing Actually?

A beginning skier can learn the fundamentals quickly as long as they practice consistently and have a good form and posture. Like anything that you must learn and practice, it is harder to start skiing all by yourself without anyone guiding you. Many beginning skiers hire an instructor who can teach them the proper ways and correct them immediately if they’re doing something wrong. Another aspect of skiing you must understand is that you will be injured. Injuries, falls, cuts, and scrapes are inevitable, so you should expect to hurt yourself every time you go out to ski, particularly when you are a beginner. You should always carry a first aid kit in your boot bag or ski bag. You will also develop blisters and muscle soreness within the first few days of skiing, but your calluses will harden over time, and your legs and back will grow stronger. 

Is Skiing Harder Than Snowboarding?

skiiers working hard

As a general rule, skiing is easier for beginners then snowboarding is, but snowboarders master their sport easier and faster. The only reason to think is snowboarding harder than skiing is if you are impatient and want to see results within the first few days of starting a new sport. Then you should start with skiing. But if you already know how to skateboard, then snowboarding should be easier.

How to Lessen the Difficulty of Skiing?

The best way to turn skiing into an easier sport is to hire an instructor or tutor to help you with the fundamentals. You should do hire an instructor even if you have friends who are offering to train you. A certified train ski instructor will definitely send you the correct way and teach you the fundamentals, so when you are skiing, you will be more confident and courageous. If you cannot afford any private tutor, there are group skiing classes available, mostly during wintertime. You will not get the same one on one time as you would with a private tutor, but it is better than teaching yourself through videos. 


Skiing and snowboarding both have their benefits and drawbacks, but as long as you are persistent and listen to those who show you the right way to ski, you will get the basics down in no time and start going out onto the slope and trail on your own. And remember to always care for your skis and equipment every time you come back in from the snow.

Categories: Ski


Harry Sowers

Harry grew up outside of Denver Colorado and has been skiing and snowboarding since he was 3. He is most passionate about skiing and when he was in college at UC Boulder he even participated in the olympic trials for the USA Olympic Downhill Ski team.