Activities The Great Outdoors Tips for Beginners Learning How to Ski How to Ski, Where to Ski, Learn to Ski, and Skiing Tips Share PINTEREST Email Print Paul Biris / Getty Images The Great Outdoors Skiing Basics Gear Hiking Climbing Snowboarding Surfing Paddling Fishing Sailing Scuba Diving & Snorkeling Learn More By Mike Doyle Mike Doyle is an award-winning skiing journalist who grew up in New York snow country and has skied all over the world. our editorial process Mike Doyle Updated May 24, 2019 Do you want to know what's involved in learning how to downhill ski? Here's an overview of the main elements, including step-by-step information on what you should know about how to snow ski before you get started and as you progress on the ski slopes. Get Ready to SkiBefore you actually learn how to ski, you need to get ready to go skiing. Here's everything you need to know about renting or buying ski equipment, getting the clothing and gear you need, selecting a ski resort, and planning a ski vacation. How to Pick a Ski AreaAre you going skiing for the first time? Before you head to the ski slopes, it's important to pick a ski area or ski resort that will coordinate all the logistics, from providing expert instruction to getting your lift ticket and rental equipment. What to Wear SkiingIf you aren't sure what to wear skiing, it's best to start with the basics and then move on to the accessories. Here's a guide for what to wear, and you can use it as a checklist when you begin to assemble your ski wardrobe. Where to Get a Ski Lift TicketBefore you go skiing, you will need a lift ticket. A lift ticket provides you with access to the mountain and the ski lifts. Get Ski LessonsThe most important step in learning how to ski is choosing a ski lesson program that is compatible with your skills and abilities. Skiing TipsSkiing tips and techniques to help you get started on the ski slopes if you're a beginner, and to refine your technique if you're a more experienced skier. Learn to Ski VideosNeed help learning to ski? There are free skiing instruction videos that will help you get started with the essential basics, like getting on and off a ski lift or a magic carpet, how to do a gliding wedge and how to make a straight run. How to Become an Advanced SkierFor many years the only classification system for skiers included Beginner, Intermediate, and Expert. However, a more refined system of assessing skill levels has evolved that gives ski school staff a better way of grouping skiers of equal skills.