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5 Frequently Asked Questions About Skiing For Beginners

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.

4.  Will I hurt myself when skiing?

To all intents and purposes, the answer to this question depends on what you do as a result of reading our answer to the first question, as well as what you consider to be ‘hurting yourself’.

Chances are you’re going to fall over a few times when you’re first starting out, but as you’ll be on the nursery slopes (or possibly not on any slopes at all!), you’re just going to land on your bum.  It’s obviously not going to feel fantastic, but it’s not going to really hurt unless you have a particularly sensitive derriere.

When you take ski lessons, you’ll find that one of the first things you do is learn how to balance properly and how to adjust your body position if you feel you’re falling too far in one direction.  Although this won’t guarantee you’ll stay upright all day, it will go a long way to helping you from falling over constantly!

5.  How much should I spend on skiing equipment?

One of the best pieces of advice we’ve ever heard - and completely agree with - is that with the exception of your skiing boots (these ideally need to be fitted specifically for your feet), you should hire or borrow as much skiing equipment as you possibly can.

Whilst we try and keep the cost of our group skiing holidays as low as possible, we obviously don’t have an impact on other costs and we know that when you add everything up, going skiing isn’t the cheapest thing in the world (but it is one of the most enjoyable things!).

Therefore, unless you’ve got the money available, borrow or hire as much as you can.  We’d love everyone to have their own skis and such, but we know it’s not practical, especially if it’s your first time skiing - you just want to spend your money on getting there and on the après ski, right?!

Going skiing for the first time can be one of the most exciting things ever - but we understand it can also be one of the most daunting.

Whilst this blog post should hopefully clear up some of your concerns about skiing for the first time, if you have any other questions you’d like answering, please ask away - leave a comment or drop us an e-mail!

Simplyyourholidays · 1867 days ago
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