Now that I’ve helped you pack for your first ski trip (click here to download my FREE packing list). It’s time for me to drop some more gems on you ahead of your first time skiers. So here are 3 Top Tips that will help you prepare for them ski slopes.
1. Mental Strength is key for all first time skiers
I booked my first ski trip knowing I knew nothing about skiing. But you see I didn’t care about that because I told myself that I was going to learn how by fire or by force. From the start I was eager, willing and determined to do it. So when I finally got to ski school I was ready to put in the work.
In order for first time skiers like yourself to get the best out of the experience you’re going to have to tap in mentally. Skiing is 95% mental and 5% physical. It’s a bit like fitness where 75% is diet and the rest is gym. Your mental strength will determine how well you do on the ice.
My first day of ski school was hard. I fell down so many times. I couldn’t get the techniques right and I felt like crying every 30 seconds. It was very frustrating. However, I pushed through by focusing on my main goal, learning how to ski. A whole lot mental conversation and encouragement from my ski squad worked like magic. By the second day of ski school I didn’t want to get off the ice.
There are going to be times when you’ll feel like you’re not getting it. Don’t throw in the towel, push through.
Here is the secret JWV formula – Believe in yourself and have the self-confidence to focus your mind whenever you’re on the slopes. Start to condition your mind from now. Drown out the self-doubt because you’re more than capable.
2. Your physical health matters
Let me be the first to tell you that skiing is like a full body workout. I wish I was exaggerating but honestly I’m not. Please, please, please get yourself in the gym quick and fast. You’re going to need all of the physical strength you’ve got. Skiing requires you to use every muscle in your body especially your core, arms and legs.
Working out regularly prior to my trip actually saved my life. If you want to last out there on the ice get your cardio up. Like I said skiing requires core strength and steady balance. Jumping off the ski lifts and ploughing your ski’s through thick snow is going to take will power and lots of physical strength. Core strength exercise’s, Pilates or some good old yoga will do have your body in tip top shape.
Additionally, Cardio, strength and flexibility exercises is what you need to be focus on ahead of your first ski trip. One more thing – Your diet, iron levels and vitamins are too very important. Take your vitamins and look after your body in the run up to your trip. For more tips on ski fitness, check out this informative post in the Telegraph.
3. Don’t forget to have fun
This is probably the most important tip out of the three. Please remember to have fun out there on the ice. You’re going to have any amazing time. Just be yourself, get ready to meet new people, laugh, fall in the snow, get back up and do it all again. Give it your all. If you’re going to ski school have patience with yourself and with others. Respect your ski instructions too. Take in your surroundings and enjoy every moment.
Lots of love