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How learn to ski as an adult?

Learning to ski or to ski again when you are an adult can sometimes seem like an impossible misson! And yet we help inexperienced skiers every day to discover the pleasure of skiing!

Skiing for all ages !

Yes! Skiing is not only for the youngest. Depending on the age, the techniques for learning ski are differents. For example, adults don't start skiing in kindergarten, but on the beginners' slopes in the resort.

"There is no age to start skiing, you'll see that even with zero experience you'll have fun very quickly going down the slopes!"

Taking up skiing again as an adult is like riding a bicycle - you can't forget it!

Have you decided to take up skiing again? It will probably take you a few hours on skis before you regain the right reflexes. Go gradually, and don't push too high right away. Why not start with the beginner level slopes at the bottom of the resort to get some more confidence?

A physical sport, but accessible to all !

Yes, skiing is a sport. But it doesn't take much to enjoy it. If you are an active person on a daily basis, you have nothing to worry about.

If, on the other hand, you don't usually do much sport, it would be great to get back into shape slowly. For example, you can walk, run or cycle a few weeks before you leave to strengthen your muscles. This will help you to avoid some numbness, aches and pains after the first few days.

All options to learn: alone, with friends or with a ski intructor?

There are several ways to learn to ski. For the more daredevil among us, learning alone is an option. But it is not the most careful one.

If you go with friends who have a good knowledge of skiing and basic techniques, ask them to show you! They may not have the patience to stay with you all day, but they can share their experience with you. Learning while having fun is the key!

Of course, you have the possibility of taking group lessons. Our adult ski initiation groups are made up of an average of 6 people, with a ski level as homogenous as possible.

Then, you have the possibility to take a private ski lesson. This is the ideal option if you have a particular apprehension, or a particular desire. The ski instructor will be able to adapt his advice specifically to your profile. This is undoubtedly the most effective way to progress quickly.

The objective is to be autonomous on the slopes as quickly as possible, and to have fun.

First steps have not to be neglected !

After you have rented your equipment, take the time to familiarise yourself with all your new equipment. For example, how to tighten your boots, or how to put on your skis correctly.

A very important point, which does not seem to be one: no folded socks in your boots. Indeed, when skiing, you put a lot of pressure on the front of your boots. So if your socks are put on an incorrectly way, or if you have a piece of your trousers stucked into your boots, it can hurt.

Don't hesitate to walk with your skis on the snow front (forwards, backwards, sideways...), using your poles, to accommodate your equipment.

If you fall, get up!

Throughout your skiing learning, you are bound to fall a few times. But if you don't take too many risks, they will only be light falls.

"Even ski champions started by falling, don't be discouraged!"

No reason to despair, you will make it! Fear of falling is the main reason why adults don't start skiing. However, learning can be progressive and risk-free.

So start slowly to fall as less as possible, and in complete safety. If you can't manage to stop, stay quietly on gently slopes. In this way, you won't risk gaining speed and losing control. You will then have time to catch up and fall gently if you are off balance.

Be well equipped !

Comfort on the slopes is a key factor in learning to ski and making progress. A good ski coat and good trousers will be a great help.

Think also about sunscreen and some change to reward yourself with a good mulled wine for a well-deserved break.

What you need to know to find your way around the slopes:

You can start on the green slopes. This type of piste is usually free and close to the accommodation. Ask the tourist office to show you this area. Starting on these slopes can also save you a few days' ski pass. 😉

During your first week, we advise you to stay on the green and blue slopes, which are ideal for beginners. Don't go too far from the centre of the resort to start, go gradually.

Adapted infrastructures and offers!

Take advantage of the toursist office's advice to choose the best ski pass that suits you.

They will also be able to guide you to the slopes and lifts best suited to your level.

To ski, you will need a ski pass very quickly. However, many resorts offer free lifts close to the centre of the resort. In this case, there is no need to buy a ski pass.

Don't panic! The slopes are secured and supervised.

In all ski resorts, you will find our Good Samaritans. The first-aid trackers are there to make sure the slopes are well marked and if there is a problem, help you. Don't hesitate to ask them for help to find your way back.

In the resort you will find large and easy-to-read maps of the pistes, very useful to help you find your way around. These maps are usually placed at crossroads and on the main snowfront.

For any further information, do not hesitate to contact the Ski Family on contact@ski-family.fr.

See you soon on the slopes!


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