Your First Ski Trip And How To Make Sure It’s Not A Disaster

A lot of people are intimidated by the idea of a skiing holiday. There’s no doubt that it can be dangerous. It requires skill and learning new ways to control your body. But it’s also exhilarating. It’s one of the most fun ways to experience the majesty of nature in superb form. In this guide, we’re going to help you get over that intimidation and have the kind of awesome holiday you deserve.



Get fit

It’s a tip that some of you might not want to hear but it is crucial. If you’re not flexible, you’re not going to have the kind of control you need on the skis. The less fit you are, the easier you lose stamina. Stamina which is crucial to hold your form. So spend over a month before your ski holiday preparing yourself physically. You’ll find your lessons a lot easier when you’re up there.

Choose the appropriate slopes

There are a lot of different places to ski on each mountain. You need to be looking at the ones that are appropriate to your skill level. This means keeping an eye out for which slopes are recommended for families. Until you start to gain confidence in your abilities, there’s no point taking unnecessary risks. If you can, it’s better to travel with someone more experienced at skiing as well. They might have better ideas on which trails to use.



Buy your ski clothes in advance

It is cold up there, obviously. Skiing can also be an uncomfortable experience. So having ill-fitting clothes is not going to do anyone any good. Nor are the prices for buying ski clothes on the mountain. Instead, source well designed ski jackets that perfectly fit you. Shopping online in advance gives you the opportunity to try things on before you go up the mountain. That way your experience isn’t all the more uncomfortable.

Your equipment

As for ski equipment, don’t buy on your first trip. You don’t know whether or not you’re going to like your experience. Instead, rent them out. But make sure that the equipment is serviced before you take it out. Ask a professional technician to look over your skis. To make sure that the bases are waxed and the edges are sharpened. You don’t want to take the chance of poorly maintained equipment ruining your fun.



Your first week

The first three days of lessons are an unfortunate experience for just about any skier. It gets frustrating to feel like your progress is going so slow. But stick with it. By the end of the week, most people have their first successful experience of an easy trail. You can also eliminate some of the difficulty by getting lessons in advance at places like Snowdome. It might not feel the exact same as the real slopes, but it’s a good way to practice technique.

We hope that this guide clears up some of the nervousness for you. Getting stuck up there with no confidence or ill-fitting gear can be a nightmare. So make sure you prepare well in advance.

Andy Higgs
Andy Higgs

I know what it's like to go from being a crazy backpacker without a care in the world, via being a vaguely sensible parent to being an adventurer once more. In other words, evolving into a Grown-up Traveller.

Like everyone else, I love to travel, have visited a lot of countries and all that but my big thing is Africa.

I also own and run The Grown-up Travel Company as a travel designer creating personalised African itineraries for experienced adventurers

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