One only has to cast their eye over the staggering statistics to see how popular skiing has become over the last couple of decades.
Yes, it had something of a hiatus over more recent times – as did many other industries.
However, if reports are to be believed, the resorts are contending with something of a backlog. In other words, eager skiers are desperate to get back on the slopes after being away from them for so long.
It’s not just the seasoned skiers that are chomping at the bit, though. Many first-timers are also attempting to finally realise their skiing dreams and if you fall into this category, read on to find some of the things you absolutely shouldn’t be doing ahead of your first trip!
Don’t take your ego to the red and black slopes
You might be something of an adrenaline junkie, but as the old saying goes, walk before you can run.
In the early days, you’ll be tumbling all over the green and blue slopes and in short, a trip down a red or black run should be a long way off the agenda. Yes, you might have some particularly naturally gifted skiers who take it upon themselves towards the end of the trip, but in a bid to enjoy the slopes safely we would urge you to exercise caution.
There will be plenty of time to sample the extreme slopes, but take them on too early, and it could kill any enthusiasm you have for your new sport.
Don’t head out whatever the weather
We know that one of the main selling points of a ski trip is the weather, the cold temperatures and snow add something of a charm.
However, that doesn’t mean that you should be heading out whatever the weather, particularly if you’re a beginner.
If the weather is particularly icy or there’s a storm raging, it’s best to sit tight and wait for it to blow over. In relation to the former, skiing on ice is particularly challenging and will enhance the chances of injury.
Instead, do your homework. If you’re heading to Morzine, check the Morzine snow forecast beforehand and so on.
Don’t be afraid to get a lesson
It again all comes down to that ego, doesn’t it?
There’s a common misconception that beginner skiers shouldn’t get lessons because they’ll be looked down upon by seasoned skiers.
This couldn’t be further from the truth. Skiing is a skill and like any skill, it takes time and practice to master.
Getting a few lessons in will only serve to enhance your enjoyment of the sport and will also reduce the risk of injury.
In fact, look around and you’ll see even experienced skiers receiving tuition – which tells its own story.
Nowadays, ski resorts are anything but just skiing. There are a whole host of other activities.
If you’re a first-timer, there’s no guarantee you’re going to enjoy it. As such, pick a resort that offers something else. Some are renowned for their family-friendly nature, while others are all about the famous après ski. Find one that’s both easy for beginners, but also offers something a little extra if the going gets tough.