You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.
Or can you?
While it’s no secret that learning new skills can get harder with age as we lose some of our adventurous spirit, not all is lost.
Learning to ski at 40 is perfectly possible. All it takes is hard work, determination and a whole lot of courage.
To help you on your journey to skiing success, here’s some tips on how to learn to ski at 40 and keep up with the kids.
Can You Learn to Ski at Any Age?
Here at Alps2Alps, we truly believe that age is just a number. From those who took their first tentative steps out onto the snow at the tender age of 3, to those who start the process well into middle age, skiing can and should be enjoyed by all.
That being said, skiing is a physical sport and isn’t without it’s dangers. Steep drops, icy patches and tough climbs require a certain level of fitness, not to mention a good dose of courage!
That’s why it’s vital to take heed of the following tips;
Choose a Ski Instructor you Can Trust
Finding the right ski instructor can make or break your skiing experience.
When learning to ski as an adult, opting for a quality ski instructor with several years of experience behind them will give you the confidence and support you need to give it a proper go.
We recommend starting off with a few private lessons to get started. There’s nothing worse as an adult learning to ski than turning up to a group skiing lesson full of excitable school children!
The Alps are home to some fantastic ski schools, so beginners’ lessons won’t be hard to find.
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Pick a Ski Resort with Great Beginners Areas
Your choice of ski resort can make a big difference to your skiing holiday.
For beginners, you’ll want a resort with a ski area geared towards newbies. Some of the best ski resorts for beginners include;
- La Clusaz
- Le Grand Bornand
- Saint Martin de Belleville
- Saas Fee
What to look for in a ski resort for beginners;
- Lots of blue and green category slopes
- Easily accessible nursery slopes
- A generous beginners ski area
It’s also a good idea to go for a ski resort with quiet slopes. You don’t want to have to negotiate crowds of skiers on your first few journeys down the mountain!
Do Your Research
The last thing you want to happen when learning to ski later in life is to make a fool of yourself. This is where it comes in handy to have a little specialised knowledge under your belt.
From learning the lingo, to knowing how to use ski lifts, these little things can make the difference between looking the part and falling flat on your face!
Rent Well-Fitting Ski Equipment
Wearing well-fitting ski equipment is essential for any skier, especially beginners. Badly fitting boots or the wrong type of ski can cause accidents, injuries and generally make learning a whole lot harder.
When it comes to skis, snowboards and ski boots, there’s no need to buy your own before you’ve got some experience out on the snow.
To save time and avoid the queues at your ski resort, why not rent your ski equipment from an Alps2Alps ski rental shop? Get fitted by expert ski technicians to find your perfect fit on the way to the resort.
Don’t forget to add the following to your skiing shopping list;
- Base layers
- Mid layers
- Ski jacket and trousers
- Goggles and gloves
- Après ski wear
Wearing a helmet is also recommended if you’re feeling nervous about hitting the slopes.
Don’t Forget to Hit the Gym First
As we mentioned earlier, learning to ski is tough on the muscles and joints. You’re likely to be working muscles you never even knew you had!
That’s why it’s even more important to build up fitness as we get older. This doesn’t have to mean hitting the gym every day. Alternative activities to improve your skiing include yoga, running, rowing and even dance!
One Step at a Time
Don’t run before you can walk!
No-one wants to return from a ski trip with broken bones. Especially if you have important responsibilities waiting for you back home. A full-body cast in a board meeting is never a good look!
Find a Supportive Pal
If the thought of launching yourself off the top of the mountain makes you break out into a cold sweat, bringing a friend along on your journey could help.
Having someone to laugh with when you tumble hopelessly down your first green slope is the perfect antidote to any embarrassment. Just make sure you pick a supportive friend and not a seasoned skier who won’t think twice about leaving you stranded in the beginner’s zone.
After all, what’s a ski holiday without après ski celebrations! Definitely improved with friends.
Take a Step into the Unknown
While learning new skills as we approach middle age can be daunting, there’s nothing like whizzing down the mountain under a blue sky. Everyone has to start somewhere, and the results are more than worth it.
Don’t forget to take a moment to breathe in the fresh alpine air and appreciate your surroundings.
If you feel ready to take the plunge, make sure you book your ski transfer from the airport before you travel! Alps2Alps offer a reliable transfer service which takes you directly to your resort with minimal fuss. You can even access incredible deals and offers with the handy ski transfer app.
That’s one less thing to worry about!