If you’re planning on trying skiing for the first time, there'll be lots of things running through your head, and you’re sure to feel a mix of emotions. Trying anything new is often exciting, but there may be some nerves too as you’re unsure of exactly what to expect. Don’t worry, those nerves will soon disappear with a little preparation and planning.
Many of the essentials such as skis, poles, and boots can usually be hired at most ski resorts (or indoor ski centres) so you won’t need to shell out for lots of expensive equipment straight away. It’s always a good idea where possible, to try out a new sport or activity to see if you like it, before investing in lots of kit which you may not use again. But there are a few essential pieces of clothing which you’ll need to buy ahead of your first ski trip.
You can usually hire most ski equipment at your resort if you’re a beginner, but if you do want to buy your own, here are some things to consider:
You’ll also need to consider how you’re getting to your resort as you’ll need to check your equipment in if you’re flying. A ski bag will come in handy to protect all your equipment while you’re travelling.
What is a lift pass and do I need one?
A lift pass (also known as a ski pass, or lift ticket), is a necessity for every ski holiday. With the exception of a few free beginner lifts to the nursery slopes in some resorts, a lift pass is essential to get you on the slopes. Usually, the pass will go inside a pocket, or attach to your ski wear, and it can be purchased for either the day or the week (but daily passes will usually work out to be more expensive). Your ski resort may ask you for a passport sized photo for your lift pass application, and everyone in your group will need a pass (though some resorts offer group or family passes, or free kids passes).
Lift passes can be quite pricey, so it might be worth buying them from your resort in advance. Pre-booking your lift pass is a great choice for saving pennies and making your holiday hassle-free.