You’ve booked a group skiing holiday with your friends and it’s your first time. You can’t wait to go, but you’re a little nervous, right?
Well don’t be; skiing is one of the most enjoyable activities you’ll ever do and below we’ve provided answers to five frequently asked questions from beginners to the slopes to help alleviate any worries you may have.
1. Do I need to take ski lessons as a complete beginner?
It’s probably worthwhile pointing out that most will actually read this one of two ways – ‘do I need…’ and ‘should I have…’. No one needs to have skiing lessons in the sense that it’s a prerequisite before you hit the pistes, but the simple fact is everyone should have skiing lessons.
Yes, skiing looks relatively easy and yes, the basics actually can be quite simple to get the hang off, but unless you want to spend most of your group skiing holiday on your behind, take some lessons to at least ensure you get the basics down.
2. How fit do I need to be to ski?
There’s no real guide as to how fit you need to be to ski, as it really does vary from person to person and depends on exactly what it is you want to achieve from your skiing holiday.
For example, if you’re looking to just take it gentle down some of the beginner runs and you’re quite happy to stay there, you aren’t going to need to be as fit as someone who wants to spend 8 hours every day slaloming off-piste.
What we’d say is that if you struggle to walk, you may find it a bit of a challenge skiing. That’s not to say it’s impossible, but if you have trouble walking, we’d strongly recommend you work with an instructor at first, so to ensure you have the safest and most enjoyable skiing experience possible.
3. Are there any resorts I should visit when I’m first starting out?
The vast majority of ski resorts around the world will have at least a handful of runs for beginner skiers. However, some are more tailored to new skiers than others and this can have an impact on how much you enjoy your time away.
Take Courchevel group skiing holidays as an example. With such a wide variety of different runs available, it doesn’t matter whether you’re an advanced skier or a complete novice, there really is something for everyone.
Head out on a St Anton group skiing holiday, however and although you won’t find it a complete struggle, the resort is much more tailored to the confident intermediate / advanced skier and you may find it a little daunting as a beginner.
Do your research and listen to what others are telling you and you’ll find the perfect resort for you.
Keep your eyes open and look out for the second part to this blog post coming in the next few weeks to see the next two frequently asked questions that are asked by beginners.