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Skiing No-No’s Everyone Should Know

Here at El Lodge, we appreciate that each individual has their own idea of the “dream” holiday, but there’s no denying that there’s something extra special about getting away on the slopes.

Unlike any other type of getaway, opting to experience a Sierra Nevada ski resort takes planning, preparation and a whole load of excitement. The great thing about our boutique resort is that you can choose to relax and unwind or spend your days on the snow exploring some of the best slopes around. But there are a few things you shouldn’t do when on a ski trip, and today we want to share some of these with you.

So, if you’re planning your first ski tip, here are seven things to avoid doing.

  1. Forget the SPF

We get it, you’re about to spend a few weeks surrounded by beautiful landscapes of snow, so why would you need sunscreen? It’s always a surprise to new skiers, but suncream and SPF lip balm is incredibly important, especially where we are, experiencing some of the highest mountains in one of the warmest countries.

The truth is, when you’re up there loving life, any skin exposed is at risk of quickly becoming burnt without proper protection, so make sure you don’t skip this critical step!

  1. Tuck your pants into your ski boots

Tucking your salpettes into your ski boots may seem sensible, after all – it’s keeping your cool air out, right? Well, actually doing this can help snow get into your boots and up your legs, leaving you cold and wet. And it can also chafe over time leaving you sore.

  1. Going alone for the first time

Skiing is a wonderful solo activity, but if you’re brand new to the sport, you should go with a trainer or with other experienced skiers. It’s even more important to take company if you’re unfit before you arrive as skiing can very quickly tire you out and may leave you feeling sore and tired sooner than you expected.

  1. Cutting up other skiers

Whether you’re brand new to skiing or a confident seasoned skier, there’s a certain etiquette expected of you when out on the slopes that you should always keep in mind. You wouldn’t drive in front of another driver on the road, and the same rule applies when out on the slopes too.

Remember, you can easily exceed 70mph when skiing, so being mindful of those around you is crucial for a safe and enjoyable experience.

  1. Hold your skis in your hands when on the move

You will likely have to a lot of carrying during your trip, especially if you’re keen on spreading your time out evenly between the bar and slopes. So avoid carting your heavy skis around with your hands, not only is this hard and uncomfortable but it can make getting around very awkward.

Instead, simply hoist your skis up onto your shoulders for a much easier way to get from A to B with your skis.

  1. Chatting on the slopes

Skiing is a very sociable sport – believe it or not, but there’s a time and a place for that catchup, and in the middle of a busy piste isn’t it. Whether you’ve come away with friends and family or have struck up conversations with a stranger, be careful that you stay out of the way when chatting, to ensure the safety of both yourself and others.

  1. Lack confidence

We understand that if you’ve never gone skiing before, it can be an incredibly intimidating experience. But, having a negative mindset will have a direct impact on how much you enjoy your time, and how confident you feel putting yourself out there when out on the slopes.

If you’re a newbie skier but have always dreamt of taking to the pistes for yourself, we highly recommend hiring a ski guide who can help you find your feet, and can ensure you have the most positive first experience.

Do skiing the right way with El Lodge

Skiing can be a full on sport, but it should also be relaxing, fun, and laid back. Our stunning boutique ski resort is tucked away amongst the mountains of the popular Sierra Nevada, offering a unique and truly special stay.

So, if you’re ready to take yourself, or your loved ones for a once in a lifetime ski retreat, why not get in touch with our team today?

Skiing no-no’s everyone should know - El Lodge