So you’re finally taking the leap and going on your first skiing trip – you’re going to love it. The first time you try something new is always scary. Especially, when it’s something that you need certain skills to be successful at, like skiing. The good news is that even as a newbie, a skiing trip can be a lot of fun, it’s just a case of being smart about the planning.
I believe that skiing is something that should be on every traveler’s bucket list as it’s just so much fun. Don’t let the fact that you’ve never skied before put you off. Whether you’re a born skier or take a little time to master the art of gliding down the slopes, you’ll have the most fantastic time. All you need to do is take the tips below on board, and you can ensure that your first time on the slopes is a much fun as possible.
Choose a ski resort that caters to all abilities
As a newbie skier, you’re going to need to pick a ski resort that caters to all abilities. There’s no point opting to visit a resort that only has red and black slopes – the steepest ones. You need to choose somewhere that has lots of beginner and nursery slopes as well. Your best bet is to look for a family-friendly resort like Mont Tremblant, as family resorts tend to have slopes suitable for all abilities. If you pick a resort that only has steep slopes, you won’t have an enjoyable time. So take your time when selecting the perfect place to go and do your research.
Visit your local ski slope before you go
It’s a good idea to visit your local ski slope before your trip to get a feel for what it’s like to ski. Spend a couple of afternoons a week practising at your local slope, so that you can get to grips with the basics of skiing. You could even have a couple of lessons at your local ski slope, so that when it gets to your trip, you’re as prepared as possible.
Book ski lessons for while you’re there
When booking your accommodation, ski passes and flights, it’s worth also booking skiing lessons for your trip. Make sure to opt for an English-speaking instructor, else you’ll find it more difficult to learn. If you want to improve quickly, it’s a good idea to opt for private lessons. If other people who you’re traveling with are also new to skiing, it could be worth hiring a private instructor and splitting the cost.
Ensure you’re in good shape
The best thing you can do to prepare for your first skiing trip is get in shape. The truth is, unless you’re physically fit, you’ll struggle to enjoy your skiing trip. Skiing is a very active type of trip – there’s a lot of walking involved. So it’s important that you’re in good shape. The last thing you want is to end up exhausted after your first day because your body isn’t in good shape. Aching muscles, exhaustion and skiing really don’t mix.
So there you have it, everything that you need to know about surviving your first skiing trip and having an awesome time.