Ski holiday brochures are bulging once again, and it’s never too late to try for the first time, says Nicola Brady.
Never been skiing? Psh. With the right tuition, a bit of blind courage and a willingness to spend a lot of time on your arse, you’ll likely have a ball.
Here are our tips for first-timers…
Am I too old to ski?
It’s natural to be anxious about skiing. Watching others zip down the slopes when you can barely walk in the boots is enough to make anyone nervous. But the truth is, if you can walk, you can probably ski. The reason kids take to it so naturally is because they lack the fear. Accept the fact that you’re going to fall over, strap in and give it a go. And who knows? You could have been harbouring an unearthed talent for years.
Where are the best resorts for beginners?
There are a few things to look for in a good “starter” resort — friendliness, excellent ski schools and gentle slopes that will inspire confidence, not fear. If you’re booking with a tour operator, it’s always best to mention that you’re a beginner. They’ll have a good feel for the resorts they sell, and which slopes will suit a first-timer. It also makes sense to pick a place that’s reasonably compact, so you’re not trudging for miles, weighed down with hefty gear. Certain ski schools cater particularly well to beginners, too. Topflight recommends Westendorf and Söll in Austria. Söll is also rated by Crystal Ski, as is Pas de la Casa in Andorra and Sauze D’Oulx in Italy.