11 things you need to know before learning to ski

Every Sunday evening, a dozen courageous celebrities have been throwing themselves at a different winter sport in The Jump. If you fancy following in their wake, ski expert Paul Deadman recommends getting to grips with skiing first. He explains what you need to know before hitting the slopes, from ski hire to apès-ski…

1. Get a bit fitter

There’s no need to do extreme training before a ski holiday, but doing a small amount of exercise in preparation will make a big difference to the fun factor. Your quad muscles (thighs) will get a big workout so it’s wise to strengthen your legs as much as you can in the weeks before you go. Increasing your stamina and doing cardio workouts beforehand will also give you that extra edge.

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2. Take the right shoes

Knowing what to pack on a normal holiday can be hard enough; packing for a sports holiday to a mountain resort you’ve never been to can be a real challenge. Check with a friend who’s been before and take packing list guidance from useful sites like Great Britain Ski Club. The tip I give my friends is about footwear off the slopes: resorts are still snowy and can be icy, so take practical shoes. A new pair of snow boots is great, but Uggs or a sturdy pair of trainers or walking boots work well, too. Bars and restaurants won’t turn you away if you’re not in fancy heels or polished brogues – slope style is much more relaxed.

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