How to prepare for your first ski/snowboard holiday

This blog offers advice for first-time skiers and snowboarders.

Skiing and snowboarding are amazing hobbies to have, and taking it to the next level - booking a ski/snowboard holiday - is a really exciting prospect. Whether you are taking up skiing/snowboarding for the first time, or getting back into it after a break, we have curated our top tips for the weeks leading up to your holiday.

Book a few ski/snowboard lessons

Vallandry/Les Arcs, the ski resort Ski Olympic is based in, is a very accessible and beginner-friendly resort. With plenty of gentle green and blue runs and dedicated beginner/learner slope, it is perfect for new and inexperienced skiers/snowboarders to learn, as well as past skiers/snowboarders who are looking to get back into the sports after a break. Whilst there are plenty of opportunities to learn whilst you are on holiday, getting on the slopes in advance of your holiday will stand you in great stead for when you are out in the Alps.

Learn the basics before you travel on one of the UK’s dry slopes in Aldershot, Southampton, Christchurch, Sunderland, and Hillend, or check out the indoor snow slopes in Castleford, Milton Keynes, Manchester, Tamworth, and Hemel Hempstead.

Buy the right gear and pack the essentials

Skiing and snowboarding requires a special set of equipment. The last thing you want is turning up to the slopes missing a key part of your ski/snowboard wardrobe.

Your snow wardrobe does not need to be made up of the most expensive, state-of-the art gear. Instead, invest in durable, good quality, waterproof clothing that will keep you toasty warm and out on the slopes no matter the weather. Safety is absolutely essential, so investing in a helmet and goggles will help to protect you in the event of any falls.

To make the packing process as easy as possible, we have compiled a list of all the essentials, so you can make sure you have everything you will need for a successful and enjoyable first ski/snowboard holiday.

When it comes to skis and snowboards, you may want to consider renting for your first holiday. You can hire your skis, ski boots and ski poles via the Ski Olympic private ski hire when you get to resort - make sure to tell our team which package you would like to secure when making your booking. If you do decide to purchase your own equipment, make sure it is measured to fit by a professional.

Sort your travel insurance

Skiing and snowboarding is great fun, but there is an element of risk involved. Ski Olympic does not provide insurance in the unfortunate event you are injured whilst on the slopes or you need medical attention during your holiday. You will need you own comprehensive travel insurance to cover the cost of any appointments, hospital visits, medical advice etc.. For peace of mind, secure your travel insurance prior to your trip.

Ski Olympic is fully ABTA & ATOL bonded, giving you piece of mind in the unlikely event that your holiday is cancelled.

Get ski/snowboard fit

Skiing and snowboarding is a workout for athletes of any experience or level, but especially when learning to ski. Your muscles will most likely not be accustomed to the prolonged use your ski/snowboard lessons will put them through.

Prepare for those long days on the slopes and make it as enjoyable as possible by doing some core, glute and leg workouts ahead of your holiday. We will be sharing some workout tips and tricks in upcoming blogs, so stay tuned!

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