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What to Know When Learning to Ski (and where to do it)

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Skiing is a brilliant hobby to get involved in (especially for kids), however, unless you live on the Alps, it can be one that, A) is hard to learn and B) is hard to do with any regularity, but you shouldn’t let that stand in your way if you want to learn as there’s no better than feeling than when you’re tearing down the slopes at break-neck sped watching the trees and mountains whoosh by as you become one with the wind itself.

Dry Slopes

If, like me, your nearest suitable mountain is on another landmass, then you will have to make do with the dry slopes until you can get out there and learn on the real deal. The dry slopes are anything but ideal, however they are useful for learning the basics that will mean you stand out from the other beginners when your half way up the Alps. Here are the basics you should learn by using the dry slopes.


You don’t need too much protection when on the dry slopes, but as soon as you get onto the real thing, you’ll need to be properly prepared to protect yourself. The two things you have to worry about first are both weather related:


Once you know the basics, you’ll be ready to try the real deal. I would suggest the Alpe d’Huez resort in France as it boasts the largest collection of beginner slopes in the world, meaning that you can practice in peace without feeling embarrassed in front of professionals. It’s a brilliant resort for kids, as well, due to its many nursery slopes and instruction schools. There are, of course, plenty of other resorts that are great for beginners, so check out a provider such as to see if you can find more in France and the areas surrounding the Alps.

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