What Every Beginner Skier Needs to Know Before A First Ski Trip

27 April 2017

Do you still think ‘goofy’ is a Disney character? Don’t know how to pizza down the mountain? Don’t even know what to do with a lift ticket (or why you even need one)?

For the uninitiated, whether you’re a ski beginner or embarking on your first family ski holiday, it can all be a bit bewildering. Here’s everything you need to know for your first ski trip.

The lowdown on the lingo

What to bring

It may seem silly, but you’ll also need sunscreen and lip balm – sunburn and chapped lips are common gripes on the slopes!

Skiing or snowboarding?

The next thing to decide on is skiing or snowboarding.The general rule is that skiing is easier to pick up at first but harder in the long run to master; on the other hand, snowboarding can take a good couple of days to pick up, but after that you can become quite competent quickly on your snowboard.

Tips to keep in mind for your first ski trip

Beginners heading on a ski holiday should allow plenty of time on the slopes (at least a couple of days) – first-timers make take a while to get the hang of it.

It’s not essential, but we highly recommend you sign up for some ski lessons. Instructors will guide you through how to start and then demonstrate correct techniques – plus they’ll take you to runs on the mountain that suit your ability level. Club Med snow resorts offer snow schools with qualified instructors included in the package, and also many offer kids ski classes.

The view from the top will be steep… and intimidating for beginners. Whenever in doubt, don’t forget you can ‘pizza’ (point your skis together at the front to slow you down) to gradually make your way down to the bottom.

Don’t forget to reward yourself after day’s skiing by indulging in a sauna, Turkish bath, massage or yoga. Trust us: your muscles will thank you!

Best international ski fields for beginners

While skiing in Australia and New Zealand are viable options, the best part about heading overseas to ski is that you can discover a completely new country and experience some of the best powder in the world. Here’s our pick for the best international ski fields:

And finally...

Whether you’re hitting the slopes for the first time or taking the kids on their first skiing holiday, good luck, and remember…everybody had to learn once!

Get in touch with your Travel Counsellor to plan your ski adventure with Club Med today! 

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