Learning to Ski or Snowboard
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Learning to Ski or Snowboard

Everything you need to know to enjoy your time on the slopes
4.7 (3 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
7 students enrolled
Created by John Weiland
Last updated 1/2016
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  • 3 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Save money skiing or snowboarding
  • Know the equipment and habits that will keep them safe
  • Know what equipment a beginner must buy, what they might buy and what they should avoid
  • Know how to read a trail map
  • Understand the various types of ski lifts and how to use each one
  • Know how to choose proper clothing for the slopes
  • Know the best times and places to ski
  • Know how to decide if a ski area is a good place for them to learn
  • Know the advantages and disadvantages of skiing versus snowboarding
  • This course will NOT teach how to ski or snowboard - you need professional instruction for that
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  • No prerequisites

This course prepares someone for a lifetime of enjoyment on the slopes, either skiing or snowboarding. It covers what clothing and equipment is necessary and what is unnecessary, how to save money, how to use ski lifts (including chair lifts, gondolas, trams, T-bars, J-bars, Poma/button/platter lifts and rope tows), how to read a trail map, planning a ski or snowboard vacation, the best times and places to go, what to remember for your first trip to the slopes, how to buy boots, skis and snowboards, and many other topics. Black diamond skiers have reviewed this course and been surprised at how much they learned about some topics, like choosing boots and skis or a snowboard. The concepts of determining the shape of a mountain by looking at the trail map is also very advanced; many experienced snowboarders and skiers haven't grasped it. The course includes may tips and tricks that most people take years to acquire; you can have a big head start as you begin the sport. Concepts are clearly explained with photo illustrations or videos of actual equipment and there is a quiz at the end - you may be amazed at how much you've learned!

This course does NOT teach how to ski and snowboard. As a beginner your ability to diagnose yourself and do the correct exercises correctly is very limited; teaching a student to ski or snowboard is best done live and in person by a professional instructor, not the students themselves. This course covers all the hundreds of other things a snowboarder or skier needs to know, which usually take years to learn via being too cold or too hot, wasting money, not improving, being injured, getting lost, winding up on slopes you can't possibly do, and feeling foolish. This course is intended to save you from all of that. The goal is for you to have as much fun as possible from your first time on the slopes and give you the confidence to take this up as a lifelong activity.

Who is the target audience?
  • Target audience is someone just taking up the sport - they have never been on the slopes or gone out a few times, or are comfortable on beginners slopes but want to understand trail maps and overnight trips
  • Student should be able to easily get up off the ground or be sure someone is there to help at all times
  • If the student has both legs and cannot easily go up a flight of stairs, they should consult with their doctor
  • There are talented skiers and snowboarders with one leg or no legs - many US resorts have special programs available
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Curriculum For This Course
15 Lectures
The Basics
4 Lectures 41:23

What this course is and is not about, and some good reasons to take up the sport.

Preview 10:19

Should you take up skiing or snowboarding (or both)? This provides an objective look at the advantages and disadvantages of each sport.

Ski or snowboard?

My two amazing secrets to improving.


If you ignore the rest of this course, please pay attention to this part.

Preview 13:46
Wise investments, smart savings
4 Lectures 01:00:16

Prioritizing your purchases of clothing and equipment.

Must buy, might buy, don't buy

A detailed description of what to look for when buying clothing for the slopes, and strategies for staying comfortable in a wide variety of conditions without filling an entire closet.


A very detailed description of how to buy boots and the characteristics of various types of skis and snowboards.

Buying boots and skis or a snowboard

A long list of ideas about how to enjoy yourself without breaking the bank.

Saving money
On the slopes
6 Lectures 01:09:06

A description of all common types of ski lifts, as well as getting up the hill on your own.

Getting up the hill

A detailed look at how to read trail maps from around the world.

Preview 13:12

A further detailed look at trail maps, with some tricks for gauging the difficulty of a run based on the map.

Trail maps, part 2

Some tips and tricks for picking a good mountain for you.

Where to go

A number of questions to consider when choosing a place for an overnight vacation.

Staying overnight

Basic principles for choosing a good day and time of day to hit the slopes.

When to go

Final exam
10 questions
Ready to have fun!
1 Lecture 11:55

A detailed review of what you need to remember.

Your first time on the slopes
About the Instructor
John Weiland
4.7 Average rating
3 Reviews
7 Students
1 Course
Engineer and ski enthusiast

I have designed custom computer chips for over 30 years and specialized in design software and design methodologies.

I am also a ski enthusiast and have skied on four continents. I have been in charge of beginner's ski education at my ski club, run beginner's trips and taken a number of friends on their first time skiing or snowboarding.