It may have been a long time coming, but now you’re getting close to your first family ski trip. How have you been preparing for it?
There’s a lot to think about and you need to take time out to go through what you will need. Skiing is growing in popularity as an ideal family getaway activity, where you can share the thrills and spills of learning this challenging sport before heading off the slopes for some well-deserved rest and relaxation.
Here are some of the main things you need to consider before your first ski trip:
You need clothes that will protect you and keep you warm, but not too warm. Look for breathable fabrics for your jackets and pants so that when you sweat with the exertion – and you will – the fabric will absorb it.
If you’re planning ski trips to be a regular hobby, it’s worth investing in some good quality basic equipment from the start. Quality equipment is often not inexpensive, but if it will last you for a long time, it’ll turn out to be a lot cheaper than renting from a resort.
Renting is fine for kids because every year they grow out of things. You may choose to pass clothes down the line, but think through your options before making a big investment here.
Two of the most important purchases for skiing are boots and helmets. You will want to go to a quality ski gear company that knows the ins and outs of the sport and the equipment. Your ski boots need to fit perfectly, to give you the comfort and support you need, and so that you can easily fit your bindings. It’s really not worth trying to save money on ski boots whether you’re buying or renting.
The same goes for helmets. They should be comfortable in their fit, be breathable but offer great protection in case of an accident. Check with reputable suppliers, find out about how helmets are rated, and then make a decision. Again, if renting for kids, go for a high quality option.
If you’re not sure how your first ski trip is going to go (you may not really like it), then buying skis or a snowboard to start with may not be the best idea. In this case, renting is the best option. You’ll have experts who know what will suit you for the level of your experience, and help your kids get a feel for what they will soon be experiencing. Again, it’s important to take professional advice and then move ahead with what you and your family are comfortable with.
Skiing can be expensive when you take into consideration all the gear you need, ski passes for chair lifts and money for accommodations and food. Look into your options well in advance to get the best prices and deals that you can. Your first ski trip could be the start of something very special for you and your family.