Whether it’s a trip away with the kids, or an excuse for an ‘Après-Ski’ escape, there is no holiday quite like a ski holiday. Having found this blog, you might be considering entry into the winter-wonderland sport that is skiing. Don’t be put off by the concept of throwing oneself down a mountain in sub-zero temperatures; skiing is undoubtedly one of the best sports out there, and often shifts from ‘a hobby’ to ‘a lifestyle’. Whilst you are probably rearing to go (as you should be) there is work to do before you’re gliding elegantly down the mountain with martini in hand ‘For Your Eyes Only’ style – shaken not stirred of course. Once you’ve got all the gear (and no idea), bought the flights, and booked a room, skiing can quickly become a very expensive trip: so why not make the most of it by getting to grips with the sport before splashing the cash?
Whilst I would love to claim I was bond-girl elegance on the slopes from the start, this is simply not the case. I remember it vividly: my brother and myself at the tender age of four having our first ski lesson in the gorgeous Dolomite Mountains. Though at the time my father’s incredibly nurturing and paternal advice of “if you’re not falling, you’re not learning” did little to stop bruised bums and bruised egos, it is a fact of the sport (and indeed, perhaps life). Though this holiday was what sparked my love for skiing, having joined our very own Sandown Junior Race Club at the age of seven really opened my eyes to the value of practice, and the confidence that comes with practice.
For me and many others, a large element of skiing holidays is the family bonding aspect – be that sipping an Aperol Spritz with mum at the bottom of the slopes, or tearing up the powder with the whole family. Whilst a ritual of a sing-song on the ski lifts is a big part of this, it makes life much easier if you are all at a similar standard. What better way than a lesson before heading to the mountains? Or even just brushing the cob-webs off of your technique with a free ski session? A trip to the dry slope is the perfect solution for first time skiers and for those who haven’t dusted off their 80s all-in-one ski-suits since the time of their fashion, although my dad seems convinced is to this very day, ‘haute couture’. And even if you are a late learner, fear not! Adults make up around 30% of beginner ski-lessons, and you never know what it could lead to – the student may become the master.
By learning before your trip, you make space for more laughs, drinks, and memories: but be warned – once you start skiing, you will be bitten by the bug!