Tips for preparation

- Skiing is only really fun, if you are fit for it.  Two months before your ski holiday – regular jogging or aerobic activity, 2-3 times a week for half an hour should be enough.

- If you are the proud possessor of a pair of skis and you are bringing these with you on holiday, do not under any circumstances transport them unprotected on the roof of your car.  The salt that is used on the roads eats into the coating, bindings and edges and causes untold damage!

- Only well prepared skis are really fun to ski on. Make sure you get your skis waxed and your edges sharpened at least once a week.

- Rental equipment is almost always of excellent quality – especially the skis.  If you do wish to have your own equipment, then buy your own ski-boots. Your own boots will always fit better than hire boots.

- Buying the right skis is not such an easy task nowadays as the range of equipment available is enormous.   There are many different types of ski for different skiing techniques – then you must choose between models available for different levels of ability and skiing style; simultaneously deciding on which brand of equipment you prefer!  Renting skis makes the most financial sense as you will always get freshly waxed skis with sharpened edges.  You are also welcome to change your skis as often as you like, which gives you the opportunity to try out different models and find out what really suits you best.  Whatever takes your fancy – fun carvers, all round carvers or racing carvers – try them all!   Ski length has shortened significantly in recent years. It is now very unusual to use skis longer than your own height (max 10cm longer). The less experienced you are at skiing, the shorter your skis should be.  Beginners are often taught by us on very short skis that are no more than 1m in length.  In principle a carving ski is always a good choice – the advantages are clear for all levels of ability.

- If you do not wish to enrol in ski school, 1 or 2 private lessons during a week’s holiday can really be worth it – to correct mistakes, to learn new techniques or to improve on existing ones.  Even our ski instructors undergo training at least twice a week to ensure they do not get slack!

- Don’t just be a fair-weather skier either, training when it is foggy or whilst it is snowing really strengthens your sense of balance whilst skiing.  On the plus side there are also far fewer people on the piste.

- Use sunglasses in the sun and goggles when it is foggy or snowing. Skiing without – even in bad/dull weather is a bad idea.  It is always worth investing in good sunglasses and goggles – after a few runs you’ll know why!

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