10 Top Tips for Nervous Skiers

Are you already worrying about how to survive your next ski holiday?

Does the very thought of skiing create a feeling of anxiety?

Imagine how good it would feel if you could overcome those nerves!

Here are my Top 10 Tips to enable you to take those first steps to build your confidence and fall in love with skiing.

  1. Create your own tribe– make sure your skiing group has mixed abilities with someone of a similar standard for you to buddy up with on the slopes. There is nothing like feeling alone in your group to add to the anxiety.
  2. Choose a resort which has a great variety of runs for you to ease into. Green and blue runs are a great way of getting back on the slopes and building your confidence.
  3. Avoid the crowds– even the calmest of skiers can become anxious on crowded slopes. If you have a holiday booked for peak season why not use a ski guide to take you to the quieter parts of the resort.
  4. Don’t compare your progress with those of your children – they don’t have your years of life experiences to raise their anxiety and fear. Inevitably they will pick it up really quickly.
  5. Build your confidence with a ski instructor who can ensure you ski on runs aligned with your ability and support you to overcome your nerves.
  6. Skiing in poor light increases anxiety so when planning your holiday consider which times of the season are better for sunshine and great visibility.
  7. Create small achievable goals every day and don’t be too ambitious. Make sure you take time to stop for a break to reflect on your achievements
  8. Be in the moment. When you’re feeling anxious remember you’re here to enjoy yourself and calm your inner voice with techniques such as deep breathing and mindfulness.
  9. Remember where you are– the beauty of the mountains and exhilaration of being in fresh air. Use the positivity of the moment to overcome your anxiety.
  10. Don’t be hard on yourself. Enjoy each run for what it is, manage your expectations and live in the moment rather than worrying about what is ahead of you.

If you would like to take the next step in overcoming those nerves and falling in love with skiing, whatever your level, please drop me a message at louise.pode@ProAbility.co.uk and let’s have a chat about how we can create your skiing magic.