It’s that time of year again when people all over the country are planning their winter escape. Whether you’re looking for family activity holidays that everyone can enjoy or you’re hoping for a winter wonderland retreat, you’re never too old to try your hand at skiing.
Approximately 1 in 6 UK adults take to the slopes each winter, whether it’s a budget deal or through booking one of many luxury catered ski chalets. If you’re wondering what all the fuss is about but need a ski boot to kick you into action, five tips for how to get started can certainly be useful.
Plan Ahead. If you are travelling as a group, and some of you are more adept at skiing than others, opt for a destination that offers something for everyone. Take a look into Arinsal, Andorra; a perfect venue for first-timers with added intermediate slopes so that the more advanced won’t get bored.
2) Try a Taster Session
Although not the same as the real thing, donning a pair of skis at your local indoor slope or dry ski centre can give you the practice you may need before heading for the mountains. There are a few indoor snow domes all over the UK which can help to get you get a feel for skis.
Enroll in a Ski School. No matter what your age, there will be a ski school available to you if you head for a destination specialising in beginners. A few days with professional tuition could be all you need to give you the confidence to go it alone.
Get Insured. Be prepared for any eventuality, including if you should be unfortunate enough to have an accident. Specialist activity insurance is definitely worth looking into if you’re heading to the peaks.
Prepare Yourself. Improve your overall fitness if it’s a little lacklustre; your first time on the slopes will take a little stamina. Look into some good ski gear – it doesn’t need to cost the earth to keep your body protected. You can usually hire skis and ski gear from the resort which is considerably cheaper than buying your own.