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Advice for a First-Time Skier



You’ve sat back and watched everyone else skiing and having fun on the slopes of skiing Val Thorens for years. It’s finally the time to embrace the snow for yourself. Skiing for the first time; it’s daunting, terrifying, even makes you want to cry a little. We’ve come up with some advice for a first time skier, so you’ll find your love for snow even quicker.


Don’t Buy – Borrow!

We understand the urge to want to look your best out on the slopes, but don’t fall for the trap of buying your own equipment. What if you absolutely hate skiing and you’ve forked out a load of money? It’s always better to borrow for your first time. Try to borrow as much as you absolutely can; gloves, hat, fleece, sunglasses, goggles, ski suit and ski helmet. However, do purchase your own thermals and ski socks – who likes borrowing socks?



Practice on an Indoor Ski Slope

Visit your local indoor ski slope before you get on the plane to France. This will speed up the process of turning you from Bambi, to skiing superstar. The more time you can get on the snow (even if it’s man-made), the better. Booking a session will normally include tuition and equipment. Admittedly, the slopes are going to be quite short, but they’ll help you find your feet, and it’ll prepare you for the first couple of days at the ski resort.



Get in Shape

Now, this isn’t meant to offend; but with all the physical exertion that skiing brings with it, you’ll need to have a decent level of fitness. You don’t want to shell out for a holiday that you can’t fully participate in just because you’re left breathless. Experts recommend starting to work out 12 weeks before you set a ski on the snow. This can include, taking the stairs, cycling, walking and eating right.



Don’t have lessons from friends or family

Maybe you’re going with a group of friends who’ve been skiing lots before, maybe they offer to teach you. The only response here is, no thanks! Book into a ski school; it’s going to be tempting to save the cash on ski lessons, but this is a bad idea. Learning from a professional will ensure you learn the proper technique, and you’ll learn how to do it properly. It’s also a great way to meet new people who are at the same level as you.



What if you hate skiing?

It’s day three, you’ve fallen over so much you’ve got bruises in places you didn’t know existed. Skiing isn’t quite the snow activity you were hoping it would be, or maybe you need a day off the slopes to recuperate. Most good ski resorts will have activities other than skiing. Spend a morning in the hot tub, try cross-country skiing, sledging, ice skating or a snowmobile tour. Val Thorens has lots for the non skiers – bowling centre, spa, sports courts, and fitness suites.


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