Learning to ski or snowboard can seem a little overwhelming, but almost everyone that tries it falls in love and is hooked for life. Nothing can compare with the majestic mountain scenery, fresh air and the unparalleled feeling of flying down the hill. Whether you’re a child or a grown-up, anyone can master it. Here are 6 top tips for first-time skiers from our partners SkiBro – a booking platform that makes comparing and booking ski school classes, private instructors and mountain guides online a doddle – to get you started on the right foot.
It is well worth having a session or two at a SnowDome or dry slope before you go out to the mountains for the first time. These slopes are no substitute for the natural beauty and scale of the mountains, but they are ideal for getting used to the basics. When you do get to the Alps, you’ll have a head start having got to grips with the equipment and sensation of sliding on skis or a snowboard.
Try Chel-ski in south-west London or one of the many SnowDomes or dry slopes across the UK.
When skiing or snowboarding you’ll be using muscles that you don’t use much in everyday life. Even if you are active and sporty, you’ll be using those muscles differently. Your legs and core are the most important areas to focus on.
There are plenty of exercises and workouts you can easily do at home to prepare for skiing. Yoga is great for strengthening muscles as are SkiBro’s easy-to-follow video sessions on their YouTube channel.
You wouldn’t learn to drive a car at Silverstone. Likewise, choosing the right resort is crucial when skiing for the first time. La Plagne and Avoriaz in France, Lech in Austria and Madonna di Campiglio in Italy are all well suited for beginner skiers, with dedicated beginner areas, excellent schools offering reasonably-priced private and group lessons.
It normally takes a couple of days to really “click” and gain confidence skiing or snowboarding. If you give yourself at least 4 days (a week is even better), you’ll really begin to reap the rewards from your efforts.
No matter how good you get at skiing, there will always be a 9 year-old who is better than you. This is even true for the guys in the office that started skiing as toddlers and have lived in the mountains for decades.
Skiing isn’t about what other people are doing, it’s about how much fun you are having (it’ll be a lot).
For both children and adults, it’s absolutely imperative to start your skiing career off on the right path, with the right private instructor or in the right group. There are pros and cons to weigh up when deciding to go for private or group lessons. If you are unsure, do get in touch with us and we’ll always endeavour to find the best option for you.
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Finding the perfect ski lessons for you and your family can be tricky, that’s why we’ve partnered up with SkiBro. The easily-navigable platform helps you compare and book the best ski schools and independent instructors across the Alps.
You can contact us at email@example.com, and we’ll always endeavour to find the right solution for you.