Whether you are new to skiing or are an expert skier, before heading off on a skiing holiday there are a few things you should do to ensure that you are well prepared. Being prepared for your trip will ensure that you have a fun, enjoyable and safe skiing experience.
The best way to prepare for your skiing trip is to ensure you are physically fit, flexible and have good quality equipment to rely on.
For any skiing trip, whether you are planning on hitting the nursery slopes or going on a cross-country skiing adventure with The White Circle, preparation is key. Being properly prepared for your skiing trip will allow you to have a fantastic time and get the most out of it.
To help your prepare for your next skiing trip, we have put together a handy guide below:
1. Get fit before you go
Don’t underestimate how important being physically fit is for a skiing trip. To ski properly, your body uses muscles that are rarely used during everyday life, and if you are unfit, you will find this much harder.
To prepare yourself for your trip, you should start your pre-skiing fitness training at least two months beforehand. This will give you time to build up your cardiovascular fitness and the muscles you will need for skiing.
Cardiovascular fitness is important as it will help you to cope with the high altitudes and low oxygen levels more easily. The best way to build up your cardiovascular fitness is with sports like cycling and running.
The muscles you need to strength before your trip are your balancing muscles, as skiing requires a great deal of balance. Although increasing your cardiovascular fitness will help make your skiing trip more enjoyable, you also need to build up your balancing muscles. The best way to do this is by going ice skating, in-line skating and skateboarding.
2. Practice practice practice
Before heading off on your trip, make sure to get as much skiing practice in as possible. Especially if you are new to the ski slopes.
For experienced skiers, getting a little pre-trip practice in is a great way to get a feel for skiing again. For beginners, heading to an indoor ski slope will allow you to get an idea of what skiing actually involves.
3. Get good quality equipment
If you are an experienced skier, you will most probably have your own set of skis and all the other equipment as well. If so, it is important to get your skis serviced and sharpened before heading off on your trip. It might also be a good idea to get a safety check done on the base grind and binding of the skis.
If you are new to skiing, then you may be unsure whether to buy or hire your equipment. Your best bet is to hire skis and buy boots – as long as you get them from a reputable company, hired skis are incredibly safe. When choosing your boots, make sure to pick a specialist store and opt for a store assistant who knows what they are doing.
You may also want to invest in a good ski suit – a good suit can mean the difference between having a great trip and giving up after half a day.