1. – You need lessons. And you need a guide.
No one simply arrives at a ski resort, straps on skis or a snowboard and just goes for it. If you’re new to the snow– and even if you’re not – you need lessons. You need an experienced trainer to tell you how to do this properly. Allocate a few hours each morning, at the least, to getting training. And once you’re got used to it, a mountain guide can be very helpful for showing you the whole resort.
2. -It doesn’t matter how good you are.
This is the greatest thing you’ll learn about skiing and snowboarding: it really doesn’t matter how good you are. Whether you’re hammering the half pipe runs, or slowly puttering down the bunny slopes, there’s an abundance of fun to be had in the great snowy outdoors.
3. -There’s no such thing as bad weather …
…only the wrong attire. This is a favourite saying among lots of snow lovers, and they know what they’re talking about. Even if there’s a horrendous blizzard outside, when the wind is howling and the snow is smashing into your face, you can have fun out on the slopes. Just rug up appropriately and take regular hot drink breaks.
4. -Falls can hurt
As a novice skier or snowboarder, you’re going to fall over. More often than not these little spills will harm nothing more than your pride – especially as, given you’re a beginner, you won’t be going anywhere near fast enough to do any serious damage. However, when you start getting the confidence up, and trying to increase your speed, you’ll soon realise that soft, fluffy snow can still hurt
5. -You can get sunburnt, easily
You know it’s winter, right? A beautiful snowy wonderland. So you could be forgiven for assuming that you don’t require any protection such as sunscreen. Don’t do it. The combination of high altitude and the sun’s reflection from the snow means the sun at ski resorts is more powerful than ever. Plenty of beginner skiers have ended up with pretty ridiculous goggle tans and sunburnt noses.