How to approach the mountains as the ultimate beginner
While it may have been through something of a hiatus over recent years, it would be fair to say that skiing holidays are now back in full flow.
For some, this is a return to normality. For others, it’s a step into the unknown – and this is going to be the focus of today’s article.
If you’ve yet to sample a mountain getaway in the past, but you’re keen to jump on the bandwagon, read on to find out some key tips on how to approach them as the ultimate beginner.
Don’t let your ego get in the way of things
There’s nothing worse than heading on a skiing holiday and feeling like you’re the only one who doesn’t know what they’re doing.
This is an ego trip waiting to happen.
The truth is everyone was a beginner once. Even those who have been hitting the slopes for years still have to learn new things from time to time.
Everyone takes a tumble from time to time, but the key is reducing these instances. While you might see other members of your group dart down red slopes, don’t be that person (yet). Instead, stick to the greens and blues, which will allow you to get to grips with the basics in a much safer environment.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help
When you’re starting out, it’s important to have someone on hand who can offer guidance and support when required.
This is where ski schools come in handy. They will be able to help you with the basics, such as how to put on your skis, how to use the ski lift and how to turn.
It’s also worth asking friends or family members for help if they’re experienced skiers. They’ll be more than happy to offer you a few pointers.
Make sure you’re prepared
One of the worst things you can do is to turn up to your skiing holiday underprepared.
This doesn’t just mean making sure you’ve packed your ski gear – although that is important. It also means ensuring you’re physically and mentally prepared for the challenge ahead.
Sometimes this can be something as simple as checking the forecast from a service such as Piste Pro before you start your day. Particularly if the conditions have taken a turn for the worse, this can prepare you accordingly.
It’s also important to make sure you’re in good shape physically. Skiing is a demanding sport, so you need to make sure your body can cope with the demands you’re going to place on it.
Have realistic expectations
Finally, it’s important to have realistic expectations when you’re heading on your first skiing holiday.
It’s not going to be all plain sailing. There will be times when you’re frustrated, and times when you want to give up. This can be why it’s crucial to choose resorts that are beginner friendly, and have other activities on offer just to give you some rest bite from time to time.
But, if you stick with it, you’ll soon start to enjoy the experience. And, before you know it, you’ll be skiing down those red slopes with the best of them.