The mountains are full of things for novice skiers to crash into, some more unexpected than others. Here are ten perils you should try to avoid when you first hit the slopes.
1. Other beginners
A good way to meet people on the slopes.
Stationary but somehow magnetic.
3. Chairlift pylons
Luckily they usually come heavily padded.
4. Chairlift queues
An effective but unpopular way to bring yourself to a stop.
5. Safety netting
So easy to get tangled in orange netting like a tangerine.
6. Children at ski school
Surprisingly easy to wipe out the whole lot at once.
7. Polar bears
8. Groups of sitting snowboarders
They gather in packs right where you were planning to turn.
9. Slow down signs
Why put them right across the piste?
10. The ground
Because most of the time you will trip on thin air.