Your Previous Experiences Will Influence Your Skiing Ability
To answer simply, the question of skiing difficulty depends on several factors. Firstly, skiing prowess will be influenced by the skier’s experience. If you learnt to ski when you were younger and are feeling a little rusty or you do some sports or activities that have transferrable skills, you may find skiing easier than someone without these life experiences. Therefore, for these individuals, the time taken to learn will be reduced.
However, don’t worry if you’re completely new to skiing and similar experiences. With a ski instructor, most people become ski-savvy in a few hours to a few days, reaching the minimum standard required for skiing without being accompanied by a trained professional. This includes safely taking the lifts, controlling your speed and direction, performing control linked turns and stopping safely. Most people are surprised how quick they can pick up these essential parts of skiing practice.
Of course, you could book some extra time with your instructor to really nail your skiing over the week in the French Alps to ensure you will be skiing down the slopes with your friends (both new and old!). Most beginners will find they will be able to ski down the easy slopes at the end of a weeks holiday with practice and coaching from instructors.
Alternatively, we suggest heading to a UK indoor ski slope before your holiday to give you an extra head-start to make the most of your trip here. There are plenty of indoor slopes around to pick from that allow you to get a taster of what your skiing holiday will be like (minus the amazing views and authentic feel!). Centres offer private lessons with equipment hire, much like in ski resorts. This will ensure you get used to wearing skis and the boots, as well as putting on the skis themselves. It can all feel a little alien when you’re a beginner so you may want to get used to the feeling beforehand.