First time skier? Have no fear...
Are you hitting the slopes for the first time? Are you taking a first timer family member or friend? The idea at first can be quite daunting but there are so many ways to make sure that it is nothing but an enjoyable experience!
1) Choose a beginner friendly resort
Every resort Peak Retreats offers has nursery slopes, but some are more recommended than others. Things to look for: Greens slopes are the easiest and then progression to blues. So look for a resort with plenty of greens and blues.
On the resort pages it is divided by skiing section into levels, so you can easily see what there is for you. Best beginner friendly resorts: Alpe d'Huez, Les Arcs, Courchevel, Meribel & La Rosiere.
2) Go for April Ski
As a beginner skier, April is definitely one of the best times to hit the slopes. They are less busy so you have more room for practice, and the temperatures are starting to rise which means longer sunny days but still with a high chance of snow (in fact resorts often get their heaviest falls in March/April).
Of course no-one can control the weather but you will often wake up to those ‘Blue Bird days’ which means bright sunny clear blue skies after a night of fresh snowfall.
3) Sensible and appropriate ski gear
You will need waterproof, warm clothing. This includes a ski jacket, saloppettes (ski trousers), ski socks, long johns if its really cold, under layers such as roll necks/tshirts, scarf or turtle neck, waterproof ski gloves, hat/headband, sunglasses, ski googles. Layering your clothes under your ski jacket is much better than just one big jumper – you’ll stay warmer.
You will also need some sort of footwear for the evening that has some grip. Snowboots or trainers would be best. Other things you will need to take is high factor sun cream; the sun is much stronger in the mountains and it reflects off the snow.
4) Make sure those lessons are booked
Book yourself into some lessons. Peak Retreats offer group lessons for 6 half days (or full days) or you can book private lessons just for a few hours a couple of times a week if you prefer.
If you are doing half day lessons, if you feel confident enough you can always ski with your friends for the other half of the day. See Peak Retreats ski school page for details and pricing.
5) Enjoy a spot of Après-Ski
Whether it's relaxing in the spa or enjoying a pint of the good stuff, what happens after a day's skiing should be just as much fun.
With so many resorts offering numerous activities, an array of bars and restaurants to choose from there is little excuse not to find something to help you kick back, relax and prepare for another day on the slopes.