As people start preparing for the Ski Season, booking flights, packing thermals, sorting accommodation, etc the Ski bug takes hold of some newbies looking to try Skiing for the first time. If you are new to Skiing why not take a few tips from us veterans and be prepared for the next ski season.
Don’t Rent Thermals and Base Layers
Do not hire clothing items such as ski socks or thermal wear as it can come in god knows what condition. When you rent thermal wear, you are renting used thermal wear that could have been rented out to a different person every week for 10 years and although it has been washed, it is still not the cleanest and nicest option. Purchasing your ski thermals, pants, socks and ski coat can have huge benefits such as wearing it back home when you are cold or taking your equipment to somewhere different if you ever go on a colder holiday.
Do Rent Ski Equipment
When it comes to your ski equipment, it is always best to be able to head to a rental store and rent what you can. This enables you to be able to save a lot of money whilst you build a preference to your equipment. This comes as there are many different types of equipment and in turn, you need to be able to find the right one for you, a rental store will often let you swap skis or boots to be able to move around different sets of equipment and in turn find something perfect for you. Therefore, if you are new it is always best going to a rental store to be able to learn what you should be using on your retreat.
Pack Extra Clothing
Skiing trips are often on a week or 2 week basis meaning that you will need significant amounts of clothing changes. Many people head out on ski trips and simply pack three or so outfits and all of them are heavily made just for skiing. However, with a lack of change you could find yourself going out for drinks in the evening or shopping in the ski village wearing a full ski outfit so it is important to take something different along with you to. Things like S’No Queen thermals are amazing when it comes to the alpine environment as they can be worn both on the slopes and in the ski village due to their temperature control properties and luxury design.
Before you head out to a location and simply begin skiing, you need to research the location and find out if its right for you or you could quickly become to hate the whole experience. If you love nightlife and atmosphere then you need to find an alpine resort with night life, if you love trick skiing and ramps then you need to find a great terrain park and if you simply want to take the slopes then you need to find a ski resort with significant slopes. This research should not take long as a few blogs about a chosen ski resort followed by the official webpage can usually give you a good idea on what that ski resort is all about.
Finally, remember to forget everything you know. Everything your friends will tell you will be slightly wrong and most of the things you hear from people who have came in the past is either out dated or simply not true anymore. Skiing is a sport, which shapes its self into something new every few years, and in turn the information they give you will be based on when they learnt and not right now. The best things you can honestly do is simply head to the slopes and book a few lessons with a coach to be able to learn the slopes, or teach yourself gradually if you want to be able to be an independent learner.
Once you begin to keep these things in mind, you should be on the right path to be able to succeed when it comes to learning how to ski out on the slopes.