Considering that going on a skiing holiday has been a popular option for decades, it’s surprising there are still so many myths about skiing floating around.
People have heard this or they’ve read that. They know that this happens or that they shouldn’t go there.
With such a lot of misconceptions still heard today, it’s impossible to clear them all up, but this post should hopefully enlighten a few people about some of the ‘facts’ we hear every year.
You need to be particularly fit
There’s no doubt you need to have a certain degree of fitness to ski, but in no way, shape or form do you have to be a gym fanatic who works out for five hours a day, five days a week.
Getting past the obvious point that you ski downhill, so gravity helps the basic process, skiing is all about rhythm and balance. If you can take the time to learn this (and keep at least relatively fit), you shouldn’t have any trouble at all skiing.
The best boots / helmets / goggles are the ones others recommend
Taking recommendations for products is always a good idea and we’re not saying here that you shouldn’t listen to the more experienced skiers you meet. What we are saying is that you shouldn’t take their word that their equipment is the best for you.
We’re all different and there’s no perfect piece of equipment that suits everyone. It’s for this reason why you must always try something on before you buy, especially when it comes to your ski boots, as the wrong boots can be both painful and detrimental to your skiing.
There’s only one real way to ski
The fundamentals of skiing will always remain the same, but we all have our own preferences outside of these basics. How you ski depends on a range of factors and although some of the more experienced skiers will look identical in their technique from a distance, they’ll have their own personal methods which separate them.
Look at older skiers, too. You’ll regularly say people in their 70s and 80s on the pistes, often skiing in a different way to their younger counterparts. Yes, they’ll ski differently, but differently doesn’t mean it’s worse (or conversely, better) than other people’s techniques.
Skiing is expensive
This is something we hear time and time again, largely because people associate skiing as a pastime of the rich and famous.
Yes, you could spot a celebrity on the pistes – but you could also spot one at a football or cricket match.
We try to make all of our skiing holidays as affordable as they can be, but the overall cost of a holiday very often increases as a result of what you do in resort (it’s like visiting anywhere – decide to eat and drink out every night and you’re going to spend more money than if you stayed in).
You don’t need lessons
Almost everyone can benefit from skiing lessons. If you’re a beginner, they’re great to, at the very least, ensure you learn the basics and don’t start your skiing with any bad habits. If you’re an experienced skier though, they are fantastic for helping you to improve in specific areas.
For example, if you’ve been skiing for years, that’s great – but can you ski bumps? What about having control when skiing on ice? Or how’s your confidence skiing when it’s snowing?
It’s going to be too cold
Let’s be honest about this – if you’re going on a group skiing holiday to Zermatt in December, it’s going to be colder than if you were sat on a Spanish beach in August. However, there’s a huge misunderstanding that it’s always going to be bitterly cold in ski resorts.
Aside from the fact several resorts open particularly early before the season officially starts and stay open well after it ends (which is often why you’ll see people return from skiing holidays with great sun tans!), you could be skiing in weather that’s sitting comfortably above freezing point in winter – it all depends on the weather at the specific time you go.
What’s more, you also have to remember that you’ll be working up a bit of a sweat if you’re skiing all day, so even when the weather does dip below 0, you’re unlikely to notice it when you’re continually coming down a run.
At France-Skiing.net, we hear myths and misconceptions about skiing on a regular basis. We’re always happy to clear these up, so if you’ve got any questions you’d like answering, please feel free to ask away!
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