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Tips for First Time Skiers – In Resort

There’s nothing like a skiing holiday – it’s exciting, adventurous and exhilarating. However, if you’re new to it all get some advice about how best to prepare.

So, for the second article in our series about skiing, we have some top tips for first time skiers for when they are in their ski resort.

If you’ve not already done so, check out our previous article on tips for first time skiers – preparation at home.

Ski School
If you haven’t already pre-booked your space at ski school then do so as soon as you arrive in your resort.

Layer Up
Keeping warm is hugely important whilst skiing – don’t be fooled by the sunshine; it is well below freezing. Layering up keeps you warm but if you do get too hot you can take layers off.

What’s really important is the fabric of your layers – avoid cotton, demin and such like, which will absorb water. Get yourself long johns and long-sleeved t-shirts made from synthetic fabrics that will retain body heat.

Stick Together
Even experienced skiers abide by this rule: stick together. Never go off on the slopes alone. Always make sure you go off with a family member or friend to keep safe and in contact with. And always tell those staying behind in the resort or chalet what slope you are heading off too.

Keep Hydrated
Believe it or not, you’ll be losing a lot of water just through breathing when you’re skiing due to the high altitudes. So, as tempting as it is to enjoy a few beers in the sunshine at a mountain restaurant, try to refrain. Drink lots of water and save the alcoholic tipples to your après ski in the evening.

Don’t Over Do It
Skiing takes a strain on even the fittest of bodies. So know when to stop and don’t be afraid to take a break. Whilst you’ll be tempted to ski from dawn til dusk on the first day, call time by the middle of the afternoon. Enjoy some après ski after a nice hot bath to rest tired limbs. The same goes for day two, don’t ski for 7 solid hours, be sure to take breaks and go in a little earlier. This will mean you last the whole of your holiday.

Slope Signage
Slopes are clearly marked for easy and difficulty so the right skier takes to the right slopes.

The most common way of identifying a slope’s suitability is the International numbering system, from 1 to 7.

1 is the easiest slope and 7 is the most difficult.

Also you may find a slope’s terrain is graded too:

  • a green circle sign means a slope is OK for beginners;
  • blue squares indicate that a slope is suitable for intermediate skiers;
  • black is for experienced skiers;
  • double black diamond is for very experienced, competent skiers – stay well clear!