A group ski holiday is simply not for everyone. There is every chance that a beginner in the group will dislike the experience they have.
What you need to do if you are going on a skiing holiday with a friend that has never been before and is unsure of what to expect is to make sure you can give them as much information as you can.
Talk them through a typical day on the ski slopes and speak to them about the experience you had on your first skiing holiday. And if you are on a catered ski chalet holiday then let them know how much fun they will have in there with family and friends.
You need to let that person know that their first few skiing days can be embarrassing and not very enjoyable. They are definitely going to fall over. A lot.
Getting up after falling over isn’t easy either, but their ski instructor will give them the best tips on getting up easily.
One of the most embarrassing times will be when you are struggling to get down a run without falling over and there will be little eight year old kids skiing as if it is as easy as walking.
But if they stick with it through the first couple of days then they will begin to enjoy it more as they pick up the art of skiing. For some people this could happen within the first couple of days.
How your first day goes can depend on if you have approached it correctly.
One of the biggest complaints of a beginner is to do with their feet; they are either too cold, too sore or their ski boots have been too tight. This is mainly due to the fact that the boots are not the right size.
You should be able to wiggle your toes when you have your boots on, but NOT be able to move your foot from side to side.
If they do, then you will not be able to control your skis properly.
As for clothing, you should not wear jeans or jogging bottoms. If these get wet then it will ruin your day, as they will stay wet and you will be freezing cold.
You should definitely wear salopettes on your bottom half; these are waterproof and will have a bit of extra padding to them for when you fall over.
Similarly, your jacket and your gloves should also be waterproof.
As long as you follow the basics of a group skiing holiday, and you get over the first couple of difficult days, it should be one of the best experiences of your life.