SKIING BENEFITS: 8 CONVINCING REASONS YOU SHOULD TRY SKIING
As a beginner, entering into the world of skiing might seem equal parts scary and exciting. What is all this going on about fresh powder and bluebird days anyway? Isn’t corduroy a fabric for pants? And how does anyone really stay warm on the chairlift?
Don’t let pricey tickets and lift lines scare you away from trying something new. There are tons of skiing benefits and reasons why you should try skiing this winter and stick with it for good. At Bearfoot Theory we are a team of powderhounds, but it wasn’t always that way. Our East Coast writer, Katherine clicked into her skis at the tender age of four while I (Kristen) didn’t get into it until age 31, which goes to show it’s never too late to start.
Ready to drop in? Here are 8 skiing benefits and reasons you should try skiing this winter.
1. Skiing Makes You Happier
While we’re still waiting on the exact data to come through for this one, there is certainly plenty of scientific proof that nature makes you happy. Being outside when you’d otherwise be inside is a pretty good reason why you should try skiing this winter. Take for instance the studies that show how 15 minutes out in nature reduce the stress hormone, cortisol, and 45 minutes increase cognitive performance. So imagine an entire day in the mountains? Well, you get the idea…
2. It’s a Good Way to Challenge Yourself
Putting yourself out there and being vulnerable seems like a pretty unappealing way to spend your time. No one really wants to look stupid on the bunny hill, and let’s face it, being a beginner is, er, humbling. Admit it or not, it’s important to break out of your comfort zone and challenge yourself once in a while. Building confidence on the slopes has absolutely transcended into other areas of my life and has been one of the biggest skiing benefits for me. I really grateful that I pushed myself to further develop my skills in a Women’s Only Multi-Day Ski Camp, where I was the least experienced in my cohort.
Plus, you’ll quite literally be using muscles differently and in a new way—that’s a really good thing. Not only will skiing this will make you physically stronger but mentally as well. How’s that for a skiing benefit?
First-time skier? Check out our Beginner Skier FAQ
3. It’s a Great Way to Meet People
Remember that whole putting yourself out there part? Well, other people are doing that too. Not to mention there’s nothing like going outside with a group of skiers stoked to be outside to help you make new friends and possibly even a significant other. After all, getting stranded on the chairlift can be pretty romantic. Did you guys know that I met my boyfriend Ryan on the chairlift at Alta Ski area? It’s also where I’ve met some of my closest Salt Lake City friends.
4. Skiing Is a Really Good Exercise
Working out can be a bummer. Good thing that skiing is a serious workout in disguise (or maybe not so disguised — we’re looking at you, moguls) and is way more fun than being in the gym. Cardio, fresh air, and a full-body workout? We’re not promising you’ll be in the best shape of your life, but there’s definitely a chance.
5. Finally, Stop Hating Winter
Because powder days, bluebird days and all days with snow mean it’s the best time of the year. Loving skiing means that you can look forward to winter, rather than wanting to flock to Florida (if you’re just not a skiing fan and flocking to Florida if your answer, make sure to check out our Florida National Park itinerary).
The right clothing is key. Check out our guide to What to Wear Skiing!
6. Ski Vacations Are Awesome
Not that we think you ever need “a good reason” to travel to a gorgeous place with your friends but a ski vacation certainly makes for an easy out. Plus, the snow makes those big, beautiful peaks look even grander. Just check out Bearfoot Theory writer Katherine Oakes trip report from Whistler last year for proof.
7. It’s a Great Investment
Skiing may be an expensive hobby but the experiences you’ll have, the people you’ll meet and the memories yet to be made are worth every penny and every turn. If you’re a parent, skiing is one of the best things to pass on to your kids and a super fun way to spend time with people you love, whether they’re family or not. Hey, it sure beats out a trip to Disney World. If you’re on a budget make sure to check out our Guide to Buying Discount Gear.
8. Because It’s Just So Fun.
And if you don’t have a great day, there’s always aprés.