This time of year all skiers and boarders get the same exciting, tingling feeling. Winter is coming (and not the White Walkers), and in a few months the resorts in the Alps will be open once again - YAY. And, yes it’s probably time to plan my next ski holiday.
Your day starts around 6:45 am, when you wake up and jump out of bed - more than eager to spend your day on the snow-covered slopes. You quickly get ready and get to breakfast by 7:15 am and shovel in your meal in order to be out the door by 8:00 am. When you finally arrive at the valley, you cannot get to the ski lift fast enough.
Before you begin your descent down the mountainside, you stand at the summit and try to suppress your nerves and excitement for a moment to take in your surroundings. Your eyes skim the panoramic view of the Alps, blue skies, and avid skiers cruising down the frosted peaks as you take a deep breath, and finally exhale….que c’est beau. After your moment of reflection, you take the plunge and relinquish yourself to the thrill of sport. In the blink of an eye it’s 3:00 pm and you’re embarking on the last run of the day.
You did it. Finally. You have done your research of the best resorts. You have done your fair share of stalking on pro skiers and general ski Instagram accounts. You have even watched Eddie the Eagle a couple times. You are ready to partake in your first ski trip. You have read countless ski blogs and cannot wait to see if the sport lives up to the hype.
With your bags packed and a mental map of the best après ski locations ready, you are fully prepared to take on this new challenge. There just seems to be one issue, you actually have no experience with the sport whatsoever. To your dismay, no amount of reading can truly prepare you for what you are about to do. You are traveling with several friends who are all seasoned skiers and know that they would be more than willing to teach you if you asked them.
On the other hand, you have always heard that it is best to be professionally taught to ski. Hence, the dilemma. We have compiled lists that characterise being taught both by professionals and friends to analyse this dilemma further.