Tips for Booking your First Ski Holiday

Have you ever thought about taking up a new hobby? Trying something new? I think about it a lot, but ultimately I very rarely do. One thing I have always wanted to go on is a ski holiday. I’m not big on winter sports but I really think hitting the slopes would make for a great holiday, especially if I was to combine learning how to ski whilst I am there. But if you are thinking of booking your first ever ski holiday there are a few things to think about before you go.

Equipment.

If you are thinking of taking regular winter break holidays and hitting the slopes more than once, it may be worth investing in your own equipment. This would save on the cost of hiring your clothing and equipment when you arrive at your destination.

Ski Helmets.

Simply Hike has a great range of ski helmets, that you can take with you on each trip instead of hiring your own. Pick your own style, colours in a range of designs to suit all budgets for adults and kids too.

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KIDS QUIZ SKI HELMET – SHINY WHITE MONKEY £40
Goggles

Your eyes need protection from the sun regardless of the climate so goggles are a must for everyone. Make sure to get the fit right fit and level of protection for your needs to make sure you are fully protected when outside.

Clothing.

Layers are your best friend and you need to make sure you are wrapped up against the elements. From base layers, mid layers to outerwear. You can pick out a selection that fits you well and suits the purpose before you even arrive at your destination.

DARE2B WOMENS PROVIDENCE JACKET – WHITE ANIMAL PRINT £157
Accessories.

Make sure to take adequate sun protection for when you are out and about and practising your moves on the snow. Things like ski ties, body warmers and cords for connecting things like your phone or gloves to your clothing so you don’t drop them!

Lessons.

It goes without saying that skiing is a very physical sport, so it may be worth thinking about upping your fitness levels before you go you aren’t drained too early and can keep up with the day to day activities of your holiday. Whilst you can always get lessons on your holiday, you may want to think about getting in some practise or lesson on dry slopes before you head off on your holiday.

But what about other little things? I have asked some bloggers what they wished they knew before booking their first skiing holiday and this is what they think you should know before you book.

Blogger Tips for Booking your First Ski Holiday.

One thing that I never thought to consider was specialist winter sports insurance. Normal travel insurance didn’t cover half of what was needed and it didn’t occur to me that equipment would not be covered under a normal policy, I’d assumed it would just be covered under luggage. Luckily my o/h knew what he was doing and made sure we had the correct insurance.
Mum’s The Nerd

Get familiar with the equipment and if you can, take some lessons on a dry ski slope ahead of your trip. Suburban Mum

My big tip for first timers would be to book into Ski School. Don’t do what I did and have private lessons in a small group, it’s not the same, you don’t have the same fun and if someone in the group is very good, you get pushed along at a pace that doesn’t suit you. Ski School is much more relaxed! Style Brief

Check how far away you are from the ski lifts. The first time we went there was a bus that picked us up from the hotel and took us to the slopes, but it was a bit of a trek from where the bus dropped off to the ski lift. Ski gear is quite bulky and heavy to carry so being close is really handy! Miss Manypennies

 Take sun cream and lip balm with you. You’ll be freezing but your face can get very sunburnt as the snow reflects the sun back up to your face. Lip balm is also essential to stop getting dry, cracked lips. Get a lip-balm with suncream in for double protection. All About A Mummy

Invest in layers and good quality winter clothes in the sales. Scandi Mummy

 

*Disclaimer: This post is in collaboration with Simply Hike. All images used with permission*
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  1. I’ve always wanted to go on a ski holiday, but never known where to start with it all. It overwhelms me thinking about it! Your post has really helped me see what I have to think about before booking. Thank you 🙂