Research conducted by the Newspoll in 2014 discovered one out of five Australians have never touched snow, let alone been on a ski holiday. However three quarters of those polled were keen to tick learning to ski off their bucket list.
What better way to enjoy the wintertime than to experience a fair dinkum real snow holiday, but before you go, here’s what you need to know.
You better shape up
Cardio fitness and flexibility is crucial to ensure you don’t get halfway down a slope and need the ski patrol to carry you the rest of the way. Being in shape will also reduce the risk of injury and speed up recovery time. Start your exercise routine a good two to three months in advance, not the week before you’re due to leave.
Cycling and elliptical cross trainers are two of the best exercises you can do which utilise the muscles you’ll use when skiing. Pilates and Yoga are great for improving your flexibility, and it won’t hurt to hone your balancing skills either.
Sign up for ski lessons
Don’t be surprised if you’re having tiny five-year-olds swoosh past like professionals, while you’re struggling to remain vertical. The best way to avoid tumbling down the slopes is to sign up for lessons. You’ll learn basic skills and boost your confidence.
Dressing in layers allows you to shed if the weather on the mountain changes. Wear thermals with a wicking fabric, a layer for insulation and a waterproof layer to protect you from the elements. You’ll also need a beanie to keep your head warm, sunnies or snow goggles, gloves, thermal socks and snow boots.
Pick a ski resort
Thredbo, Mount Buller and Perisher, all offer plenty of beginner skier terrain, plus intermediate and advanced runs if you have any more experienced skiers or snowboarders amongst your holiday party. Choosing a resort also depends on how far you want to travel and whether or not you’re a social butterfly who is looking for a vibrant nightlife after the ski fields close for the day.
There’s more to do than just skiing
If you decide skiing is not for you, there’s plenty of activities you can try like snow biking, tubing, toboggan, snow fights, making snowmen, restaurants, hot pools (depending on the resort), sitting in a café reading and drinking hot chocolates.