10 THINGS I WISH I KNEW BEFORE MY FIRST SKI TRIP

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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10 THINGS I WISH I KNEW BEFPRE MY FIRST SKI TRIP

20 thoughts on “10 THINGS I WISH I KNEW BEFORE MY FIRST SKI TRIP

  1. One other thing, HAND WARMERS! For someone who is just chronically cold, it’s nice to even keep them in your jacket so when you go to lunch, you can warm up your hands or face! Just a thought! Totally agree with all these!

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  2. Hahaha that comment about swinging a cat around! LOL I’ve never heard of that phrase before! Anyway, I haven’t ever gone skiing but I have gone to work in the Arctic and I totally agree with these points!

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    1. ‘Not enough room to swing a cat around’ is a common phrase in the UK. I imagine most would apply in the Arctic too. I’d love to visit the Arctic!

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    1. Don’t put it off! I’ve been skiing for years and I still stack it all the time. You’d be surprised how many people go out there to learn and have daily lessons, people of all ages.

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  3. As a Canuck I can totally appreciate all of these! I am so bundled up every time I hit the slopes- I might look ridiculous but I’m not freezing my butt off!

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    1. Never had the opportunity to ski in Canada, very jealous! As long as you’re warm it doesn’t matter what you look like, no one seems to care on the slopes.

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