Kempinski Blog Article
If you are planning on hitting the slopes for the first time this ski season, it is a good idea to prepare yourself for the trip. There will be plenty of beautiful mountain scenery and a lot of après-ski fun to look forward to while you are away, but to make sure you are well prepared for a graceful decent off the piste, have a read through our top tips for first time skiers.
With winter sports, there is more than just your itinerary to prepare before you go. Skiing requires a certain level of fitness, so a little while before you go, make sure you strengthen your legs. As a beginner, you will spend a lot of time with your knees bent and your skis in a pointing position, so make sure your knees and calves are going to be able to withstand it.
Buy the right equipment
Comfort and warmth are essential when you are skiing. You are definitely going to need eyewear, whether that is specifically made sunglasses for snow or ski goggles. Some people find goggles to be more convenient, as they are less likely to steam up than glasses. Mittens as opposed to gloves can also prove to be warmer, although slightly less convenient when reaching for your lift pass.
Wear a helmet
Skiing is a serious sport, so you need to make sure you are well protected - even if you are not planning on tackling anything too strenuous on your first trip. You can usually pick up a helmet from the same place as you hire your skis, plus, it will also help keep your head and ears warm!
Book in to a ski school
To make the most out of your holiday, it is a good idea to book in with a local ski school in your resort. You can have group lessons with other beginners to help you get to grips with the sport, as well as familiarise yourself with the piste and ask your instructor any questions about the local skiing area. If you can, it is also handy to have a go on a dry ski slope at home before you go. This will help you to get used to controlling your skis, although real snow will make a difference when you are on holiday.
It might be tempting to keep checking who is coming up behind you, but when you are on the slope, make sure you always look ahead. If you do need to stop - to rest or admire the beautiful scenery - make sure it is at the edge of the slope in clear sight of other skiers.
When you are walking around the slopes, to and from lifts, loosen your ski boots - they normally have a catch you can undo to loosen them rather than undoing the whole boot, making them easier to walk in. Just remember to tighten them back up before putting your skis on.
Keep a snack handy
You never know when you are going to need a quick energy boost, so keep a small snack or bit of chocolate on you for optimum skiing enjoyment!