Always fancied trying out a winter sport?
Now is the perfect time to give it a try, especially as there are sports to suit every experience and interest. From skiing and snowboarding to ice skating and sledding, there are plenty of choices available.
Check out some of our top recommendations and tips for beginners…
Take a lesson
Consider taking a skiing lesson from a qualified instructor to learn the basics of balance, turning, and stopping.
Start on easy slopes
Begin on gentle slopes designed for beginners to build confidence before attempting more challenging terrain.
Gear up properly
Wear appropriate clothing, including waterproof, insulated layers and of course, ski goggles too. Make sure your ski equipment fits well to avoid any it coming loose, losing grip or causing obstruction.
Learn about stance and balance
Practise your stance and balance on flat terrain before attempting slopes. A lesson with a certified instructor can be very helpful and teach you the basics beforehand.
Invest in protective gear
Wear wrist guards, a helmet, and other protective gear to reduce the risk of injuries. We would recommend our Bollé range for goggles as they have been specially designed for winter sports, and offer protection, visual clarity and reduced glare.
Learning the correct way to fall is one of the most important parts of snowboarding. You need to perfect the correct way to fall to minimise the risk of injury.
Choose the right skates
Pick skates that fit well and provide good ankle support. Most rinks offer rental skates if you’re just starting so this is definitely something for beginners to consider.
Learn to fall safely
Similarly to other winter sports, falling is inevitable when you’re learning to skate. You will need to practise falling, on a soft surface then on the ice, to ensure you don’t injure yourself.
Prepare yourself to stop by using the inside edges of your skates or using the ‘forward snowplough stop’ technique which involves creating a V shape with your feet to slow down movement.
Buy the right snowshoes
Ensure your snowshoes are the right size for your weight. Most rentals include poles for added stability which is a good idea for anyone just starting out.
Start on flat terrain
Begin on flat, open terrain to get used to the feeling of walking with snowshoes. This will make movement much more natural once on the snow, which otherwise may feel strange.
Dress warmly by adding extra layers to your outfit but also be prepared to take them off as you warm up during your activity.
Choose a safe hill
Start by picking a hill that is not too steep and has a clear path without obstacles. This will allow you to get used to the sport without putting yourself in immediate danger.
Check the weather
Check the weather forecast well in advance, especially if you are travelling internationally. This means that you can make sure the snow is packed and not too icy for a smoother ride.
Safety comes first
Follow any rules or guidelines set by the sledding area, and consider wearing a helmet and goggles for added safety.
Remember to start slow, take breaks, and have fun while learning. Safety should always be a priority, so make sure to follow any guidelines provided by the facility or instructor.