Ski gear check, plane tickets check, accommodation check. You’re all set to go on your first ski holiday. To ensure you have a fun-filled and safe trip, make sure you read our top tips for your winter holiday.

1. Book your Accommodation in Advance

To save some extra ££ for the slopes, book your accommodation in advance. Look out for deals that include catered chalets, airport transfers and lift passes. These options can be the best value for money.

2. Pack Layers

When it comes to snow, many people overdress and end up overheating on the mountain. The key to dressing for your ski holiday is layers. Don’t make the mistake and wear too many jumpers under your jacket as you’re likely to get too hot after your first run. A vest and a long sleeve fleece under your jacket, and some thermal underwear, are usually enough for European ski conditions.

3. Buy Snacks and Drinks to Take with You

Drinks and snacks on the slopes can be exuberantly priced. Our tip is to take some food and beverages from home, or stock up at the airport or local convenience shop.

4. Safety First

Every year, skiers die on the slopes from head injuries so it’s wise to protect your head. Following several high-profile skiing accidents in recent years, wearing a helmet has become mandatory in many resorts. If you’re a novice or a dare devil, a helmet is a great investment. You can rent a suitable helmet on the slopes when you pick up your ski equipment.


5. Take a Lesson or Two

If you’re a beginner, the best thing you can do is take a few group lessons when you first arrive. You will learn so much more in a lesson than you can from a friend or a family member. Our tip is to take a lesson in the morning and then ski with your friends and family in the afternoon.

6. Invest in a Good Pair of Goggles

There are plenty of ways to save money when you head to the slopes. But trying to cut corners when it comes to goggles is a big mistake. Some of the cheaper brands aren't breathable and can fog up mid-run. Especially when it’s blizzarding outside and you can’t see your way down the mountain.

7. Keep Hydrated

Make sure you keep very hydrated when you hit the slopes. Carry a small water bottle in your pocket or even a camel backpack filled with water can come in handy.

8. Travel Insurance

Last but not least, travel insurance is a must for ski holidays. Whether you’re a first timer or a seasoned skier, you need to buy travel insurance that includes ski activities.


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