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Learning To Ski – Getting Out Of Our Comfort Zone

Learn To Ski Holidays

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?

Cortina In the Dolomites

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.

Ski- School

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.

Adult Learn To Ski

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.

Ski Lift

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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  • Tamara Elliott
    March 31, 2018 at 7:19 pm

    Great to hear you guys are mixing up! That’s what I’ve loved about travel writing, is getting introduced to activities I probably never would have found on my own. That ski resort looks gorgeous, by the way! I’ve only been to the Italian Alps, not the Dolomites.

    • Mr and Mrs W
      March 31, 2018 at 7:28 pm

      Yes, we are finding ourselves in more and more places we would have never imagined a few years ago. The great thing about Cortina is that you can take in a bit of Venice on the way as that’s the airport we flew in to.

  • Sofia
    March 31, 2018 at 10:04 pm

    I’m terrified of skiing since I had an accident when I was a kid…but I should definitely try again as an adult! Love the personal touch to your story!

    • Mr and Mrs W
      April 1, 2018 at 7:42 am

      Yes, you should definitely give it another go.

  • Jenn and Ed Coleman
    April 1, 2018 at 10:18 am

    What a great article. I was a professional ski instructor for over 20 years, usually focused on adult classes. It’s such a great activity, but moreover, it gets you out of your comfort zone. After skiing, I was a ropes course facilitator with GIrl Scouts. We didn’t want to teach the girls how to climb the course, but just use the course as part of the experiential learning cycle where they got out of their comfort zone and into the growth zone. A fundamental part of the theory of experiential learning is that growth primarily occurs outside of your comfort zone. If you’re ever in Orlando look us up. We live just off of I-drive and know a lot of great places for happy hour.

    • Mr and Mrs W
      April 1, 2018 at 5:54 pm

      Hi, we are frequent visitors to Orlando and usually visit at least once a year. We are going this September to visit the Halloween Horror Nights at Universal.

  • Abigail Cullen
    April 1, 2018 at 12:45 pm

    Ive never been skiing before, but it does look a fantastic place, with lovely scenes too look at.

    • Mr and Mrs W
      April 1, 2018 at 5:56 pm

      Ski resorts are great for non-skiers too. Get a cable car up the mountain and have a drink in the bar and just enjoy the beautiful views.

  • Ash
    April 1, 2018 at 5:29 pm

    Never tried skiing but I agree with you to get out of our comfort zone. Life can be so dull and monotonous if we’re engaged in the same activities over and over again. I may give skiing a go in the future, it’s a good way of keeping fit and mentally alert. The mind and body coordination plus the adrenaline rush make skiing an exciting and fun activity.

    • Mr and Mrs W
      April 1, 2018 at 6:00 pm

      It is good fun, the only difference is that when I was younger falling never seemed to have hurt so much as it does now.

  • Kathleen
    April 1, 2018 at 9:05 pm

    I’ve never learned to ski and really haven’t been interested. I’d probably break my neck. It’s great that you are experiencing new things. I really love exploring a new place and finding my favorite thing to do there.

    • Mr and Mrs W
      April 2, 2018 at 8:13 am

      If you don’t want to ski then you should still try a non-skiing ski trip. The views and mountain towns are beautiful.

  • Marissa
    April 3, 2018 at 4:10 am

    I’m so glad you learned to ski! I have so many friends say they’re too old to learn to ski or snowboard with me, but you’re never too old. It just might be a little harder than when you’re a child.

  • Suruchi Mittal
    April 3, 2018 at 2:02 pm

    I love your spirit to try and learn something new. Skiing is what even we want to learn and try hands on. I like your idea of learning it in skiing school. Hopefully will learn soon

  • Carol Colborn
    April 3, 2018 at 5:20 pm

    My husband used to ski, scuba, abd fly and now golfs and plays
    tennis. Me, I exercise my fingers on my laptop. Even with this helpful post, at 79 I may have run out of time!

  • Paige
    April 4, 2018 at 10:41 am

    I would definitely want to try the indoor skiing. I’m so intimidated by these slopes! Good for you for getting out there and trying something new! That’s great.

  • Medha Verma
    April 4, 2018 at 2:36 pm

    I have been thinking of learning to ski myself! Thanks for the advice on how indoor ski slopes can be helpful for novices because we have one here in Dubai where I can take my lessons before I go to a place with real proper snow, at least at the beginning!

  • Sophia Grace
    April 5, 2018 at 7:38 am

    Nice post about Learning to Ski, Well Ski isn’t easy but people love to do. It’s nice post about Learning Ski.