Planning Your First Ski Trip
Ask almost anybody that has been and they’ll tell you how much they love their ski holiday. Are you keen to find out what all the fuss is about?
Listed below are some useful pointers to help you along the way to booking the most amazing experience of your life, sure to be repeated next season.
Which ski resort to choose?
This can be a bit daunting if you don’t know much about skiing. First of all sit down with your intended group and work out what you are all looking to get out of your holiday and all of your practical needs. Make a list of the following:
- Where you all want to travel from?
- Do you all want to spend all of your time on the slopes or are you all looking to spend all afternoon relaxing in the luxury of your hotel or do you have a mix of opinions?
- Are you looking for a resort with lots of nightlife and activities other than skiing or do you think that the skiing will be enough to keep you busy before you turn in for an early night in your wonderful chalet ready for the first lifts the next day?
- Do you want to stay in a hotel, catered chalet or self-catered apartment?
- Are you all beginners or are there any experienced skiers in the group?
- Do you want lessons all day or just half days?
- Do you want picturesque scenery by the bucket full or do you just want to be close to the slopes and ski school?
Take a look at our resort recommendations for beginners for inspiration, or take a look at where our ski experts recommend in our video guide:
Enlist the help of the experts.
It is a good idea to do your homework before you book your holiday looking at previous snowfall records etc, but this can feel like a steep mountain to climb. Not only can our experienced team at Iglu guide you through finding the right resort, accommodation and travel for your various needs, they can also find it at the right price to suit your budget.
Are you taking the kids?
Every parent knows that happy children mean a happy mum and dad! Make sure you book either the child care and / or ski lessons well in advance. Places are sought after and get booked up really quickly so do this as soon as you can.
Clothing and kit
Get the right kit. Either hire or buy ski clothing, gloves, goggles, sunglasses and hats. Visit a specialist winter sports clothing retailer for advice. Even if you are travelling at the end of the season, you can still experience major snow fall and whiteouts for which you need to cater. Skis / snowboards and boots are best left hired in resort. That way you can always change the equipment if it doesn’t suit you.
Lastly book a taster at your local ski slope or snowdome.
You will be filled with enthusiasm for experiencing the real thing and invariably it will feel a lot easier when you get there.
Take a look at our checklist for getting ready for your first ski holiday.
Now with everything covered you can sit back and relax and look forward to the holiday of a lifetime. We won’t be surprised when you come back to us next year! Call us for expert help with your holiday.
More on beginner ski holidays: Ski Resorts for beginners | Ski Holiday Checklist | Luxury Ski Holidays.