As we get older, Mr W and I are making a concerted effort to get out of our comfort zone. We have found it’s so easy to get set in our ways when we go on holiday, for example, always booking the same type of hotel (boutique, luxury) always visiting the same destinations (Amsterdam, Florida), and always doing the same type of activities (museums, walking tours). So we are mixing things up and trying something different in the future.
One of the activities we really want to do is to learn to ski. Mr W went skiing years ago but is as rusty as an old bucket, but me, well I’ve never been. When we visited Cortina D’Ampezzo in the Italian Dolomites a couple of years ago, I thought I would love to learn. The thought of skiing through the powder white snow, the wind being the only noise as you zoom down the slopes and admiring the stunning views is certainly a dream, but how do you learn, where do you start and what do you need?
Mr W learnt to ski on a couple of school ski trips in the 80’s. This is the way many people learn to ski when they are kids and I think it’s a great way to learn. Almost everything can be provided all you need to do is get the right clothing, but this may be available to rent, always worth checking with the school beforehand. Lessons are aimed at beginners, although those with more experience can also be usually accommodated and the school often benefits by having a free place for the teacher.
But what happens if you are older skier? One way of learning is to do a skiing course in an indoor ski centre. You can apparently learn to ski in under 6 hours. Of course, you won’t be an Olympic great in this time but it’s a good way to learn simple stuff before you attempt the real slopes.
Indoor ski slopes can be invaluable as a novice skier but there is nothing like actually skiing on snow in real conditions to learn how to ski. You have different gradients, bumps in the snow, icy parts, and obstacles like trees to avoid.
Getting the right ski outfit is essential of course, and as I said you can often rent a complete outfit. If you are going to buy ski clothes the basics are thermals, an insulated ski jacket, ski trousers, googles and specialist ski gloves that are waterproof and insulated. Don’t forget the helmet, which is extremely important for safety. Top it off with a balaclava to complete the look as well as the best skis you can afford. Always consult a specialist ski shop for advice if you don’t know where to start.
One thing I have found out when researching skiing is that learning how to ski can be a complicated process, there are rules of the slope you need to know, trail difficulties, and even learning how to put your skis on is an acquired skill. So if you have any tips for beginner skiers let us know!
Have you been skiing? Have you ever participated in an activity outside of your comfort zone?
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