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You are likely reading this blog post because you are going on your first ever skiing vacation. You’ve no doubt heard from others that the world of skiing is more of a lifestyle than merely a hobby, and it’s something you wish to take up. But, as a beginner to skiing, you’re not quite sure if you need to do anything to prepare for your adventure, or what to expect on the slopes.
Fear not, because today’s handy guide will tell you all you need to know about going on a skiing vacation for the first time.
Take the right clothing and accessories with you
One of the first things you need to do is dress appropriately for skiing. After all; you can’t exactly go and ski wearing some shorts and a T-shirt! You must have the right clothing to keep you warm and dry on the slopes even if the weather is predicted to have blue skies all day long, every day!
So, with the above in mind, what type of clothing should you take with you on your skiing adventures? Well, firstly, you should make sure that your outermost layer of clothing is waterproof. Another point to bear in mind is that you should avoid wearing cotton, especially where it directly touches your skin. That’s because cotton soaks up water and does a terrible job of repelling it.
For your base layer of clothing, you need something that both keeps you warm and helps to regulate your temperature. At the same time, you don’t want anything that will cook you like a potato in the oven wrapped in foil! Polyester and polypropylene are generally a good mix of materials as they help to repel moisture, are stretchy, and keep you dry and warm.
You should also have a “middle” or insulation layer of clothing. Again, the clothing you wear for this layer should be flexible and make it easy for you to move around. Most important of all, it should prevent heat exchange between your body and the environment around you.
Eye protection is also a good idea, and so it makes sense to wear sunglasses. Doing so will help prevent snow blindness (snow reflects UV rays from the sun to your eyes). If you have to wear corrective glasses, make sure you purchase prescription sunglasses so you can clearly see where you are going!
Insulated gloves are a good idea unless you want to suffer from frostbitten hands. Likewise, with your footwear, insulated boots are useful. Ones designed for skiing are even better.
Hire the kit you need from your resort
Some people might feel they should be buying and taking a load of skiing equipment with them. But, did you know that it makes more sense to hire the items you need directly from your ski resort?
Hiring your equipment means you won’t have to lug lots of stuff around with you through airports and such. Also, you’re more likely to find the perfect skis, helmets, and googles for your individual needs. If you bought those items and they weren’t quite a good fit, you’re stuck with them – and would probably have to rent them locally from your ski resort anyway!
A decent ski store will outfit you with the current season’s equipment suited to your skill level, height, weight, and age. You won’t have to worry about knowing what’s right for you or not, because the ski resort staff are skilled at what they do.
Get some time in at the gym before you travel
You don’t need to be some kind of Olympic athlete to be okay at skiing. At the same time, though, it does help if you’re (mostly) in shape before you travel to the ski resort! As you can imagine, skiing requires a lot of physical activity on your part. Contrary to popular belief, it’s not just a case of letting gravity do the work for you.
It’s important that you can do basic maneuvers on the slopes and know how to balance yourself on your two feet. That way, you’ll have a lower likelihood of spending most of your time falling down or flat onto your face!
Related: How to Stay Healthy While Traveling.
Watch some YouTube videos
Last, but not least, prepare yourself for skiing by watching a few instructional videos on YouTube. The idea isn’t to train yourself before you go on your skiing vacation. Instead, it’s a way of learning what’s in store for you when you get to your ski resort. You can also make a mental note of specific techniques on the slopes.
When you do arrive at your ski resort, be sure to book yourself some instructor-led training. Please don’t assume that your friends or family members can show you what to do, as they might have picked up some bad habits.
Good luck – and have fun!