5 tips for a ski holiday


If you are for the first time on slopes, there are some things you can do to make your trip more enjoyable. It's also important to know what to expect when going skiing. In this guide, we'll discuss 5 tips for having a great ski holiday.

1. Take it easy

If you are going on a ski holiday, you will have to either learn how to ski, or you may want to improve your skiing. If you don’t know how to ski, don’t worry! The mountains are full of instructors who can teach you all the skills that you need.

Take it easy, you are there to have fun! Don't try anything too difficult when learning new things, as this could lead to injury. This means, do not overestimate your abilities on skis. At the end of the lesson, your instructor should give you a few tips on where you should continue skiing for the day.

If you think your instructor is a little too enthusiastic about making sure everyone knows what they’re doing, don’t worry. He wants to make sure that they have fun and learn as much as possible, so he can be a bit intense at times. Don't try anything too difficult outside the lesson. Your instructor is pushing you outside of your comfort zone, in a very controlled environment – although you might think otherwise.

2. Get your gear sorted before you go

Skiing is a wonderful way to enjoy the outdoors, but you need to make sure that you have everything ready before you go. Here's a list of some things to keep in mind:

• Get the right equipment. You'll need skis or snowboards, helmet and goggles, gloves and poles. If you're renting equipment for the first time, try it on beforehand so that when you get there it's quick and easy to pick up what's needed—and make sure it fits properly! Don’t be afraid to ask question on how to use it, or let the rental technicians know if something does not fit right. They want you to be as comfortable as possible and will do their best to make sure you have the right gear.
• Pack appropriate clothes. When packing for your ski trip make sure that everything is appropriate for the weather conditions so that when it comes time for some outdoor activity nothing gets dampened by unexpected rain showers or freezing temperatures at night–which could mean frostbite, but most likely only a very cold day! Use layers when you dress and allow for clothing which can allow ventilation. Your first couple of days will get rather warm.
• Drink water. This should not require any explanation, but dehydration on the slopes is real.Get yourself an easy to carry water bottle.

Remember that buying gear on the mountain attracts a premium.

3. Prepare for bad weather

At some stage on the slopes, you'll encounter some bad weather. You must be prepared for it—there's no hiding from the elements when you're on a mountain. Here are some tips for staying warm and dry in below-freezing temperatures:

• Wear layers (outer layer, middle layer, inner layer). If one layer gets soaked through with sweat or rain, it won't affect the others—you'll still be protected from the elements!
• Wear waterproofs over your other clothes to help keep them dry. Most ski equipment has a waterproof rating. In case you do not have ski specific equipment, make sure you have waterproof layers.
• Keep your head warm with a beanie or a head sock. A scarf can also help keep warmth close by--it doesn't have to go around your neck!

4. Don’t be afraid to ask for help

Don’t be afraid to ask for help. If you find yourself feeling confused, frustrated, or simply lost, don't hesitate to ask the people around you.

A ski instructor can show you how to put on your equipment properly and teach you to ski. A lift operator will help figure out where you need to go next or how to use the lifts. The staff at the ski shop can advise on which brand of equipment is best for your needs. They may also have some tips about what type of shoe or clothing works best with certain styles of skis or snowboards (e.g., boots that fit well will allow for better performance). Finally, if all else fails and none of the above options work out for whatever reason—a fellow skier might be kind enough (and experienced enough) to help in getting back onto the right track. Remember that skiing is a very social activity.

5. Get a lesson in the beginning

For the first-time skier, taking a lesson is a no brainer. The pros will have you up and skiing in no time and you'll be able to enjoy your holiday without worrying about falling or being frustrated. Don’t try taking lessons from friends and family. You will be frustrated, they will be too, and remember, all of you are on holidays, so just enjoy. Ski lessons can be pricey, but they are cheaper than hospital bills or divorce lawyers.

In some cases, ski resorts will offer free beginner lessons (usually just one) if you sign up at the beginning of your stay.


Don’t stress! Skiing is supposed to be fun, so don’t let the details get in the way. If you follow these tips and keep your cool, you’ll have a great time on the slopes. And if not…well, maybe next year will be better?