1. There is no need to pack like you’re going on a polar expedition. Your ski gear, a couple of jumpers, a few t-shirts and a pair of jeans is more than enough for a week’s trip.
2. Snow boots and wellies are not necessary, trainers will suffice. I’m yet to go to a resort where the snow either hasn’t been cleared or well compacted.
3. Pretty knitted gloves might look nice but, when you fall over (and the chances are that you will), they get wet and your fingers will turn to icicles.
4. You don’t need to take ‘going out clothes’ for the evenings, most people just turn up in their ski gear or at best, jeans and a jumper.
5. Invest in some good ski socks. Wearing 6 pairs of your normal socks will cut circulation to your feet thus, making you colder quicker.
6. Not wearing a helmet doesn’t make you cool, it makes you stupid! I was one of those people but, now I’d never ski without.
7. Have lessons. Just because your friends know how to ski, it doesn’t mean they know how to teach. You’ll progress much quicker under the guidance of a professional.
8. If you’re staying in ‘budget’ accommodation (in Europe) don’t expect too much. The chances are you’ll be sleeping on a pull out bed and you won’t be able to swing a cat around. When it comes to ski accommodation, you get what you pay for.
9. You probably won’t be skiing black runs on your first ski trip, at least not well anyway. Don’t push yourself too much, be happy moving forward and learning at your own pace.
10. Last of all… don’t forget ski trips are supposed to be fun. You don’t need to look perfect or compare yourself to other people, just enjoy it.
Are you planning a winter trip? Do you have any tips?
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