Beginners guide

Beginners guide



For those of us who have skied for years, it is easy to forget that at the beginning it was difficult, Confusing and daunting to undertake our first ski adventure. This is even more magnified if you are planning for his family, with children of various ages. So the Snowresort guides have been created to help you through that first uncomfortable stage of planning and taking your first ski holiday.


Most people i've taken the plunge soon become completely obsessed with their annual visit to the snow-covered mountains regions of the world.  However, many people lurch into skiing with very little advice and equally little or no knowledge of the subject. Unfortunately, reading most ski and snowboard magazines will give you very little insight into this, as they are driven primarily a regular skiers and snowboarders. So where do you start?


Taking it with sports holiday, is about a number of important things. For most people obviously a large part of the holiday is being on the ski slope's, but at the same time it will involve other elements including eating out, apres-ski, visiting A spa  many other non-skiing activities. If you have a family with small children, it might also be about all those additional snow activities that excite the young, as well as the quality of daycare allowing you ski.


So as a beginner, you want to take in the whole experience of the location and particularly being in snow 24/7. So picking a resort that offers a reasonably attractive location and a high chance of snow coverage, it's probably to most people. In now all but the lowest ski resorts where temperature can be an issue, you will find there are usually extensive snow cannon coverage to ensure that at least the ski slope's (piste) is open for you to ski. In our as a guides we will help you to create today choose a ski resort appropriate to your circumstances, talk about how to select the right equipment and ski gear/clothing and also which type of accommodation and travel method (Tour operator or independent travel). In this guide the aim is to give you a start point before you read the other guides and start looking at the ski resorts and holiday ideas on Snowresort.


What to think about in preparing for a ski holiday


Firstly, and perhaps obviously, we suggest that you try to be very methodical in your planning of your holiday. If you fail to do this it can be very expensive and/or time-consuming, should you forget an item or quite difficult if you have a overlook key aspects. Four example many people travel on holiday without travel insurance. Our simple advice is never ski/snowboard without having travel insurance, as it is immensely expensive if you should have an accident and need the best medical treatment available and possibly transfer home.  There is no other advice necessary, as we believe it is a no-brainer, and our other advice regarding what cover is needed with your medical insurance is covered in a separate guide. To avoid forgetting something look at our pre-holiday guide and checklist to ensure a stress free.


If it is your first time in the mountains, as you would expect you can expect to be cold. However this is not a cold wet dreary UK winters day, in general it will be a much drier cold. But be aware particularly if it is a sunny blue sky you can be fold into the ceiling for warmer than you actually are, so be careful. Also remember regardless of the weather you will need suncream. It may be overcast when you start skiing but this can quickly change in the mountains and being caught out without any suntan lotion at high altitude can end up spoiling your holiday.


First time on skis/snowboard

Ski lesson 

The absolute best way to ensure you enjoy your skiing or snowboarding is to start properly and take lessons. Learning to ski can be very frustrating, but when you have a Expert teaching you you will advance far more quickly and soon be moving on to enjoy your skiing away from the nursery slopes and on blue and green runs.. 

Even in small results without British run ski schools you will find that most local schools accommodate English speakers and have the facilities to deal with children from the age of 3 or 4 years old. If you go with many tour operators they will offer you a first time a bundle which can include ski or snowboard lessons. However, a tip in this instance is to make sure you have booked this in advance to secure your place.

It is in Tiley up to you whether you take lessons in a group or privately on your own or with your partner. For most people the guiding factor to this will be the cost. However many people take group lessons, because they enjoy skiing with other people and seeing how they improve.

Lessons before you go

It is possible to learn to ski to a reasonable level before you leave on your holiday. The two options for doing this toon are to learn on a dry ski slope Home to go to one of five indoor snow dome is where you can ski on the real thing. You will be able to find information about about both on Dry Ski Slope Guide  or Indoor Snow Guide 

What do I need to take with me.   H

We have a guide to help you choose your clothing which is also then add it to our pre-holiday checklist.

Looking through Ski brochures and watching skiing on the television you're quickly see that winter  sports have their own fashion. It is easy to find a bewildering range of colours, style and cost. However it is important to pick carefully as ski clothing is designed for the purpose and therefore gives you maximum  warmth while attempting to allow you the best  movement and comfort for your activities.

Here are a few essentials to start you on your way

Ski jacket (waterproof)
Salopettes  or snowboard pants (waterproof)

Ski socks
Goggles (lots of people ski and sunglasses)
Base layer – thermals
Mid layer jacket (usually fleece or hoody)

Other essential tips. 

 Skiing is a physical sport and so you should be fit as possible before you set off on your holiday. While we always suggest that people make an effort to be in good condition before travelling, we know that many go unfit. If that is the case, we suggest you start slowly and build as the your holiday progresses and make sure you take plenty of breaks during the day which are mostly resorts is relatively easy as there are plenty of mountain restaurants and cafes.

Make sure you get the best ski/snowboard Boots you can afford. Also ensure that they are properly fitted (therefore at this early stage avoiding buying online). 

Don't party too hard at apres ski, as you will struggle the next day on the slopes.

If you can afford it perhaps for the first time, find a hotel near the skilifts, even one that allows you to ski in and out.

If you are a family skiing for the first time, Make sure you have booked your ski lessons and all childcare well in advance, ensuring that your children are catered for and do not prevent you from skiing.

As a result we believe that if you try skiing and plan it properly, with proper lessons, you will fall in love with this sport and lifestyle. And just remember never be frightened to ask if you don't understand something as all skiers/snowboarders love to tell you about their sport!






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