Top Tips for your First Ski Holiday

Planning your first ever winter sports holiday can be daunting, there are many more things to consider than when planning a normal beach holiday or city break. To take the stress out of planning, we’ve listed our top tips to make your first ski trip a success.

Get the Right Equipment

Just don’t get carried away! It can be tempting to invest in lots of ski equipment for your holiday, but in reality you can probably borrow decent equipment from friends, family or neighbours for free, saving yourself a lot of money if you decide skiing isn’t really for you. The other alternative is to rent equipment, and most resorts will offer an assortment of hire shops.

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Book the Right Accommodation

When planning a ski trip there are usually two main accommodation options; chalets and apartments. Although a self-catering apartment may be the cheaper choice, experts always advise first time skiers to opt for a chalet. Not only will food and drink be provided for you, you will also have the guidance of the chalet staff and resort manager, who can help you with things like equipment hire, ski schools and nursery slopes. Always ensure you do plenty of research, and book a beginner friendly resort.

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Invest in Quality Ski Lessons

Some may be tempted to skip the ski lessons and instead allow experienced family and friends to teach them how to ski. Remember, there is a very big difference between knowing how to ski, and knowing how to teach someone to ski. Although skiing is a lot of fun, it can also be quite daunting and even dangerous if you don’t know what you are doing. Always invest in a quality ski school for the first few days at least.

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Get Fit and Start Practicing

Skiing is a very physical activity, and if your fitness levels aren’t up to scratch, you could find yourself thoroughly warn out by the third day. Around 12 weeks before your trip start upping your fitness routine, focusing on strengthening your leg muscles and general endurance. You could try cycling to work, running up the stairs, or simply hit the gym a bit harder. It is also a great idea to find a local indoor ski centre or dry slope to start practicing on, to give your body a bit of a head start.

Skier on a Dry Ski Slope

Be Open to Different Activities

When people think about winter sports, most minds would immediately go to skiing, but there is a whole host of other activities available too. If you realise that skiing isn’t for you, or if you want to experience more, you can always try snowboarding, sledding, or snowmobiling to name just a few. Be open to the different activities available, and you could find yourself a new hobby.

Learning to slide down the slope

If you’re planning your first ever ski trip, make sure you invest in a specialist winter sports travel insurance from before you depart.

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