Hi! This Is Dave Smith with Hillcrest Ski
and Sports in Gresham, Oregon on behalf of Expert Village. In this tutorial we will cover
beginning skiing. In this clip we’ll talk about how to determine different snow conditions.
There are generally 2 kinds of snow conditions you’ll see at the mountain; machine groom
trails and ungroomed trails. As a beginner, you primarily want to stick to the machine
groomed trails. These trails should be easy to recognize. They will be very wide and well
marked on your trail map. The ungroomed trails may include such as powder, ice, and moguls.
These are conditions that are suited to advance level skiers that you should probably stay
from as a beginner. Powder is freshly fallen snow that has not been packed down by the
machine groomer. It can often get deep and easy to get stuck in if you’re not moving
at a very fast speed. For this reason, beginners should probably stay away from powder. Moguls
are large mounds that are formed on a face of a run. They can be difficult to navigate
and you should stay away from them as a beginner. Icy conditions tend to happen when there hasn’t
been a lot of snow or its been very cold. You might not be able to avoid all the icy
conditions. You just need to be cautious and make sure to use your metal edges to slow
you down. Most resorts have a phone number that you can call or a website that you can
use to check snow conditions. This is a good idea to see what the conditions are like.
It’ll also help you dress appropriately.