Activities The Great Outdoors Essential Tips for Learning How to Ski Share PINTEREST Email Print REB Images / 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 October 13, 2017 Learning how to ski starts with the all-important prep work before you hit the slopes, like getting the right equipment and dressing for all kinds of conditions. This guide will help you gather everything you need and will teach you some essential techniques for that exciting first day out. Ski Equipment You NeedGetting a good idea of the equipment used for skiing will help you understand the sport a lot better, and it will make your first days on the slopes a lot easier! Ski Rental EquipmentWhen you're a beginning skier or just trying out the sport to decide if it's the right one for you, it makes sense to rent ski 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 is a guideline for what to wear to skiing, which you can use as a checklist when you begin to assemble your ski wardrobe. Skiing Tips Skiing 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 VideosFreeskiing instruction videos to help you get on and off a ski lift and a magic carpet and to develop essential skiing techniques. Learn to Snow PlowThe traditional learning stance for beginning skiers is called the snow plow position. You'll need to use the snow plow to slow down and to stop, so it's one of the first techniques you should learn. Point Your Way Down the SlopeWhen you move up from the snowplow turn, you can learn to begin a more advanced way of turning your skis by pointing with your arm.