Skiing For Beginners: What To Expect On Your First Ski Holiday

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I find skiing is a bit like marmite – you’re either someone who has never been or has been once and never again, or you’re someone who can’t wait to get down the slopes at the earliest opportunity. I’m definitely the former and have only been skiing once, so very much a beginner. If you’ve never skied before, the prospect of hitting the slopes can be both thrilling and terrifying. Skiing is a physically challenging sport that needs a high level of expertise, balance, and bravery. Whilst I’m not sure it will ever be for me, I totally understand how with the right guidance and preparation, it can be an incredible destination holiday. Be prepared is the motto – from finding the right gear to taking beginner lessons, it’s all very manageable with a bit of preparation. So strap on your boots, grab your skis and let’s hit the slopes!

Buy Second-Hand, Not New

When you’re just getting started, it’s best to rent or purchase used equipment rather than new. Skiing is often an expensive sport, so don’t spend money on fancy equipment if you’re not sure you’ll love it. Purchasing used equipment can help save a lot of money, and you can always upgrade later if you decide skiing is for you.

When purchasing second-hand equipment, make sure to thoroughly inspect it for any damage or wear and tear. Look for skis that are the right length and stiffness for your skill level and boots that fit you snugly and comfortably. It’s also possible to rent the most amazing and stylish ski-slope fashion if investing isn’t warranted just yet.

Book A Catered Ski Chalet

Booking a catered ski chalet can be a great way to get access to all the advice and guidance you need for your first ski holiday. Ski chalets often come with experienced staff who can help you with everything from booking ski lessons to finding the best restaurants in the area.

Catered chalets also provide meals, so you don’t have to worry about cooking or finding a place to eat after a long day on the slopes. You can relax and enjoy your holiday without any stress or hassle.

Choose A Resort With A Variety Of Slopes

When choosing a ski resort for that first ski holiday, it’s important to choose one with a variety of slopes for all skill levels. I would be terrified to get off the nursery slopes! Look for an area that not only has great resorts but also has access to beginner slopes, like the La Plagne ski area in Savoie, France. However, most people go with groups or at least someone else who may be more advanced so it’s important that they too have somewhere they feel happy skiing. If you need help choosing where to go, Iglu Ski are the largest ski travel agency in the UK specialising in ski and snowboarding holidays.

Beginner slopes are typically located at the bottom of the mountain and are designed for people who have never skied before. These slopes are gentle and wide, making them easier to manage. In regards to the La Plagne ski area mentioned above, the beginner zone is located at the Plagne Centre, where you can also take a ski lift to longer beginner slopes when you’re feeling confident.

Get Lessons On An Indoor Slope Before You Go

Before hitting the slopes, it’s a good idea to get some practice on an indoor slope. Indoor slopes are a great way to get a feel for skiing without having to deal with the cold weather or the pressure of being on a real mountain.

Indoor slopes are also great for refining your technique and building your confidence before you hit the real slopes although I found them very challenging. I think I’d have a lot more confidence now though and many indoor slopes offer beginner lessons, so you can get started on your skiing journey with the right guidance and support.

Prepare For Quick Changing Weather

Skiing is an outdoor sport; the weather can change quickly and unexpectedly. As a result, it’s critical to be prepared for all kinds of weather, from bright and pleasant to chilly and windy. One way to do this is by taking spare clothes with you on the slopes.

Your backpack should contain extra layers, gloves, socks, and a hat. Additionally, many people are often surprised to find they experience sunburn when on the slopes, so for additional protection, be sure to pack sun cream and lip balm to protect your skin. Lastly, make sure you also carry a water bottle and some snacks to keep your energy levels high throughout the day.

Now I just need to convince myself to get back on the slopes…!

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