Beginner’s guide to wintersport
This year, I was hitting the slopes for the first time in my modern ski outfit, I went on ski course, I ate the delicious Austrian court Spätzli, and I made snow angles. I sang along with Après Ski anthems – like Johnny Däpp – and I drank too many pints of beer. One thing: we really enjoyed our trip to Saalbach-Hinterglemm.
But as wintersport-noob I had no idea what to expect. That is why I share all my tips:
1. Make sure you bring enough money
I knew winter would be expensive. You eat at lunchtime on the slopes, you drink quite a lot of half-liter beers in between on the slopes, in the hotel and in the evening you’re going out. Everyday everyone paid 50 euros so we had a budget from 300 euros everyday. We paid everything from this budget like drinks, food etc. So if you’re going with a large group I highly recommend this tip.
2. Take a lessons at home
You will thank me later. I had a ski lesson in the Netherlands. But also in Saalbach-Hinterglemm I went on skilessons. Because the slopes are different as an indoor track.
3. Make sure you can make yourself understood in German
Or another language when you’re travelling to another country. They can often speak a few English words but some people don’t speak English at all. So here’s a list:
- One beer, please – Ein Bier bitte
- Cheers! – Prosit!
- Enjoy your meal! – guten Appetit!
- Thanks – vielen dank
- How much is it? – wie viel kostet es?
- Can I have the bill please? – darf ich bitte die Rechnung haben?
- Ski – Ski fahren, skifahren
- Snowboarding – Snowboard fahren
- The hotel – das Hotel
- The supermarket – der Supermarkt
- I’m from … – ich komme aus..
- Goodbye! – auf Wiedersehen!
4. Choose a ski area suitable for beginners
Not every resort is suitable for beginners. Before you go on your first wintersport it is good to go to a ski area that is suitable for beginners. Blue slopes in Austria are least difficult and ideal for beginners. In France they have a green slopes; which is easier than blue slopes.
5. Rent your equipment and hire ski gear
Skiwear can be quite pricey and a pair of skis or shoes cost a few hundred euros. Do you go for the first time on wintersport? Rent your ski equipment. Purchase everything is a waste of money. Maybe you don’t like wintersport the way you expected. Just ask your friends if you can borrow ski gear, which is a lot cheaper than buying it yourself. Wear on the slopes layers. So when it’s hot you can take off some layers.
Soon a packing list follows. But hopefully you’re a bit more prepared for your first Wintersport. Like Johnny Däpp sings ich will – malle – zurück!