In case you haven’t noticed, I absolutely love a winter holiday and playing in the snow. Nothing beats wrapping up, pulling on some snow boots and exploring landscape covered in white blankets. The air is crisp and pure up on the mountains.
In January we decided to go ski-ing in Nordmarka forest, and it was incredible. You can read all about how we went ski-ing on a shoestring budget in Norway by clicking here. If you’ve already booked, then here’s some advice for when you arrive
Keep reading, because there is an amazing competition at the end of the top a pair of tickets to the Telegraph Ski and Snowboarding Show London this October!! ❤
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First thing first. Here are few tips you might want to consider before spending any money on snow skiing. Are you sure you will like it? Before spending a great amount of money on fancy snow skis, and of course all the matching equipment, why don’t you take a breather and rethink your strategy for a moment. Second hands sports equipment stores are full of snow skiing wannabes that went all out and bought the best of the best and spent a fortune on equipment and ski clothes to find out they did not enjoy it enough for a reason or another and decided to call it quit.
Snow skiing is a beautiful but demanding sport. To enjoy that wintery sport you have to be in shape, at least good enough so you can be mobile and strong to control your movements and your skis. Believe me you will work a nice sweat out on the way down. This is one great tip after you decided to not spend too much money by buying used equipment instead of new (or use some rentals that skis station offers for an hourly fees) is too get in shape before hitting the slopes. Believe me you will be glad you did.
Remember to dress accordingly. You don’t want to feel bulky and heavy so you feel restraint in your movements. This will completely depend on the time of year that you decide to go ski-ing. When I hit the slopes in Andorra I wore a thick ski-suit and lots of layers. However, in Norway it wasn’t as cold during the day and I certainly warmed up once I got moving.
But one of the most important advice I can give you, once you decided to keep going, is to take some basic skis lessons with a competent ski instructor. Why? Because like any other sports you will get bad habits that you will have to get rid of later on, sooner than later. These bad habits will work against you in the long run. Start on the right foot or should I say the right ski and you will be a better skier in no time because of those basic ski lessons.
Ok now, you have taken few lessons, you are well equipped and well dressed, What now? Enjoying a sport is crucial, you need to have fun on the slopes. One of the best way is to have friends that will share the same interest. You have no friends that want to share you new found interest? Do not fret, get on the internet and find some ski clubs that you can join for a small fee or head to an event like the Telegraph Ski and Snowboarding Show *wink wink, nudge nudge*.
You will be certain to meet people with the same passion if not more than you. As a bonus you will find people with tons of experience that will be happy to share their knowledge at no cost with you. You will discover that you learn faster with a group then alone on the slopes and it is a lot more fun too!
By following these skiing beginners easy to follow tips and advice you will enjoy a great sport that you can practice for many years to come. It will help you to keep you healthy, in shape and also make your life a lot more fun. You will jump of joy when the first snowflakes hit the front lawn because that will remind you all the fun ahead instead of grumbling like many others at the thoughts of all the problems that come with snow. They will wonder why you are wearing a great smile instead of a frown… Go figure!
Okay enough is enough. Let’s get to it! I promised you TWO competitions this week, so here it is: The ‘Slow holidays’ company Inntravel have just launched a range of new snow holidays in Norway. They have collaborated are to exhibit at The Telegraph Ski and Snowboard show in London this October and have kindly offered 2 tickets to give away.
Simply enter using the Rafflecopter widget below for a chance to win ❤