You’ve decided that year will be the year that you take your first ever skiing trip, and you are starting to get more and more excited about it. Admittedly, you are also a little nervous – who wouldn’t be – but ultimately, you cannot wait to see what the slopes have to offer you.
Of course, the first time that you try something new, it’s always scary, especially when certain skills are required to excel at it. However, the good news is that even as a total beginner, a skiing trip can still be a lot of fun. It’s just a case of taking the time to plan your trip carefully, ensuring that it’s a good fit for your capabilities.
Select a resort that is suitable for all abilities
As a beginner, you need to select a skiing resort that caters to all abilities. Choosing a resort that’s made for more advanced skiers and has mostly red and black slopes – AKA the steepest slopes – is pointless. You need to select somewhere that boasts lots of beginner slopes – also known as nursery slopes. Ideally, you want to pick a family-friendly resort, such as an area like Marriott’s StreamSide Evergreen at Vail, which offers a wide range of different slopes and caters to skiers of all abilities and ages. If you choose a resort that only has steeper slopes, you won’t enjoy your trip as much.
Head to your local ski slope
Before heading off for your trip, It’s a good idea to visit your local ski slope. This will allow you to get an idea of what it’s like to ski. Spend a few hours a week practising at your local indoor ski slope and get to grips with the basics of skiing. You could also opt to have some lessons there. As that way, when you arrive at your skiing resort, you won’t be a complete beginner.
Get some lessons booked in
When booking your trip, it’s important to also book some skiing lessons. Ensure that when you do, you choose an English-speaking instructor, as otherwise, you may find it more difficult to learn the ropes. To speed up your learning and improve more quickly, private lessons can be worth considering. If you’re travelling as part of a group you could hire an instructor for the group to use and split the time and cost equally.
Make sure you’re in shape
One of the best things that you can do to prepare for a skiing trip is get into shape. The fact is that to ski; you need to be physically fit as skiing is incredibly demanding. It’s a highly active type of trip that has a lot of walking involved, which is why being in shape is so crucial.
There you have it, a simple guide to the ins and outs of surviving your first skiing trip. The fact is that if you take this advice on board and implement it in your trip planning and preparation, you can ensure that your first skiing trip is as successful and enjoyable as possible.