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My first time in the mountains

This winter is the winter! You’re off to the mountains for the first time and you’ve prepared everything: the latest ski suit in fashion, stylish sunglasses and your holiday programme. Here is some professional advice for an unforgettable initiation. After a first descent and a generous raclette with a view of your natural surroundings, you’ll want to come back.

Published on 22 February 2021

The ideal resorts to begin

The hardest is to take the plunge!

You’re wondering where to go for a first skiing experience? Let’s go to Montgenèvre, on the Italian border. A Famille plus-certified resort where you can make the most of an ideal setting to take your first steps on skis thanks to its quality snow cover and optimum sunshine. We have a favourite too: Le Grand-Puy resort, one of the best ski resorts for a family stay. Near Digne-les-Bains, in the heart of the Blanche Valley, in the spectacular setting of the Aiguillette, Roche Close and Têtes mountains, this resort is absolute heaven for a first skiing holiday, for all levels and for all the family. And for a skiing holiday in a friendly family resort, try Roubion-Les-Buisses which is about one hour from Nice. With attractive prices, only a short wait at the skilifts and views to take your breath away, this little resort is ideal for your first steps on the slopes in complete peace and quiet.

Special activities for beginners of all ages

A gentle warm-up

For your first time on skis, discover the pleasure of skiing in the resort of Grand-Puy. On the programme: initiation to Alpine skiing on the marked, secure green runs, learning with ESF instructors, toboggan rides on the Yooner or a telemark experience. In Roubion-les-Buisses, beginners are given pride of place with a free hour’s skiing to get used to the snow. Start with a lesson with the ESF instructors and then launch onto one of the resort’s green runs. For the more experienced, the blue run awaits you along with all the cross-country skiing trails. And don’t forget the littles who are also starting to ski. In Montgenèvre, the BB SKIEURS programme is specially designed for them: discovering snow fun at the day-care centre, first thrills on the Monty Express toboggan run or during a skiing lesson. 9 green runs and a 50,000m² area dedicated to beginners on the snow front will be a delight for real beginners. So, yes, after this 100% mountain initiation, you’ll be stiff and you’ll discover parts of your body you never knew you had but the feeling of pride will take over when you complete your first run without falling!

Musts for a successful skiing holiday

It’s time to pack your suitcase

Organising a skiing holiday means always having a few musts in your suitcase. Whether you are a beginner or a skiing ace, we advise you to have your own ski suit. It must fit well so you feel comfortable when you are on the slopes. And the secret to not feeling cold: wear several layers of warm, comfortable clothes. It’s a good idea to have a good stock of polo-neck jumpers, fleeces and thermal trousers and of course thick ski socks. Naturally, gloves and hats are indispensable! And to avoid your work colleagues saying “you’ve just been skiing, haven’t you?” don’t forget to take a good suncream to protect your skin and your eyes! With a good pair of boots you’re almost ready to go, but remember your ski pass. To save time, it’s best to buy it on the Internet before you go but you can always go to the salespoint when you are there. You’ll also need skis or a snowboard depending on your preference: you can hire them directly in the resort to test them or even buy them if you end up becoming a regular skier! And last but not least, remember to check that you have your snow tyres in the car and maybe test them before you leave to avoid a session of figure skating just before you arrive…

All the pleasures of the mountains

Skiing, but that’s not all!

Ski holidays also go with mountain sports. It’s the perfect place for an unforgettable snowball fight. It’s also an opportunity for getting a breath of fresh air and leaving your tracks in the snow when you walk in the middle of snow-covered, white landscapes. And after the physical effort, head for the spa to relax after a day of skiing. You will feel soothed in the jacuzzi, enjoy the hot jets which massage your back and if it wasn’t for the evening’s raclette, you might find it difficult to get out of your bath. A raclette which is even more tasty in this mountain atmosphere, it won’t be the last and you’ll have deserved it!

Bye bye clichés!

why we are so sure that your “first time” is going to be a success

Your first skiing holiday always leaves (good) memories. We often hear “It’s too difficult to learn to ski when you are an adult”. On the contrary… learning to ski and doing winter sports isn’t only for children, and the ski school offers group and private lessons for adults. But even if you have acquired all the fundamentals and even if people always say “skiing is like cycling, you never forget”, we do recommend that you don’t charge ahead from the start. Your reflexes will come in a trice: to make it easier, remember to do some sport to be on top form and be careful the first day, take it as a warm-up exercise! And for those who have already been told that “The skilift eggs will fall off the cable”, no worries, all the equipment is subject to special and very regular maintenance and no skilifts have lost their eggs yet!

 

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