Are you left feeling disappointed and self-critical after your ski holiday? Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, we all get nervous. Learning how to deal with these nerves to overcome challenges is what makes skiing so rewarding. In this article, we’re going to share our 9 tips for nervous skiers so you can calm your nerves. By relaxing your mind and body, you will have a much better experience on the slopes. We want to help you transform your skiing from being cautious to confident.
Advice for Nervous Skiers – 9 Tips
1. Practice in a snow-dome
Here at New Generation, we believe the ideal scenario is to practice before you head out on the slopes. By learning in a relaxed, more familiar environment, you will be one step ahead before you’ve even got to resort. Learning in a snowdome allows you to understand the basics, get comfortable with the equipment and movements that will help you progress even more quickly once you’ve landed in the resort.
2. Choose the right resort
Choosing a resort can be tricky, but it’s important to find one that is suitable for your level. Each ski resort is unique and will have a variety of easy, intermediate and advanced pistes labelled with the colours green, blue, red and black. With green and blue being the easiest, and red and black more challenging. For nervous skiers, we suggest aiming for the blue and green slopes that are gentle and wide. This will make you feel more comfortable. Nowadays most ski resorts are tailored to everyone’s needs, especially beginners. So there is usually a mixture of pistes for every level of skier. If you are looking for the best resorts for beginners or the best resorts for intermediates then make sure you check out the piste map to ensure there will be the most terrain possible for you to learn on.
3. Start your day right
Whether you’re learning to stop, trying to ski in parallel or standing at the top of your first black run, we all feel nervous at times. So we like to start the day on a familiar slope to warm up. Trying to tackle the hardest slope first thing in the morning is never a good idea. So make sure you to start the day right, on familiar terrain. Give yourself this little confidence boosts to ensure you start as you mean to go on. We know from experience, your body will be thanking you later for those morning warm-up laps.
4. Concentrate on the skiing sensations
A lot of your nerves can come from overthinking and underestimating your ability. Aim to focus on exhilarating feelings to keep you calm.
- Fresh air on your face
This will help you to enjoy the feeling of sliding on the snow. Sometimes we all have a little skid but avoid focusing on it and you’ll stay at ease on the slopes.
5. Set a time limit on how much you ski each day
This top tip for nervous skiers is vital for keeping you fresh on the hill. We recommend setting a time limit on how much you ski each day so you don’t become overwhelmed. Skiing all day can be tiring, so ensure you take a break and mix things up. We all know you won’t ski your best when you’re exhausted.
A ski holiday doesn’t have to be all about skiing after all. You can go for a swim in thermal pools, the spa, snowmobiling or paragliding! If you’re looking for other things to do on a ski holiday – the list is endless. If you’ve already chosen the resort you’re going to, you can click on the resort guides tab at the top of the page and scroll to find your resort. We have lots of useful information that will help you make the most of your holiday.
6. Set small achievable goals each day
By setting yourself small achievable goals, you will accomplish so much more. Each day, set small achievable goals and you will feel mini senses of accomplishment throughout your week. Remember to breathe and smile. We believe it’s about giving yourself little wins along the way, that helps build your confidence and remind yourself that you are doing well. Practise really does makes perfect, when it comes to skiing. The more time on skis, the bigger the gains you will make.
Another idea you can try is to visualise what you’re going to do. By pausing at the top of a tricky section, you allow yourself time to focus on the task ahead. Relax your shoulders, control your breathing and making a plan on how you are going to get down the slope in the most efficient way. You could even get a friend to video you, so you can see what the ski instructor is talking about and that will help you visualise what you should be doing. That way, you have something to show your friends when you tell them how much you improved.
7. Learn at your own pace
We believe it’s vital for everyone to learn at their own pace, whether that’s in a private one-to-one lesson, a group lesson or just with friends. If you’re a nervous skier, our aim in lessons is to make you feel as comfortable as possible on the slopes. If you’re skiing with friends, make sure to tell them how you’re feeling so they know not to push you too far if they are more advanced than you. Sometimes a private lesson is more beneficial for building confidence as you get more personal feedback in a one-to-one environment. You don’t need to worry about trying to keep up with others as the focus is just on you.
8. Ski with others of your own ability
One of our favourite tips for nervous skiers is to ski with friends who you are comfortable with. Nothing knocks your confidence more than feeling like everyone around you is much better and that you’re holding up the group. Skiing should be fun, so don’t take things too seriously. If you feel uncomfortable, choose to ski on a different slope. Don’t feel pressured by friends to ski the same slopes as your more advanced friends. If you feel out of your comfort zone, then it might be an idea to choose a different route and meet them at the bottom of the run instead.
9. Find an instructor you are comfortable with
If you are apprehensive about learning to ski then you need to find an instructor who you trust and feel at ease with. When booking your lessons, feel free to give us a call or drop us an email, to ask for some advice on who will be the best instructor for you. Don’t be afraid to ask, as this will benefit you greatly. We’re on the phone year-round and our customer support team knows our instructors well. We have lots of experience in pairing the right people together, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch. By finding an instructor that you trust, you will build your confidence skiing.
By incorporating a couple of these pieces of advice for nervous skiers, we guarantee you’ll have a more enjoyable holiday. After all, skiing should be fun, and we want you to finish your holiday feeling positive, motivated & keen to learn more, next time.
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