Skiing - How to Get Started
Getting yourself signed up for lessons is the best way to start skiing. Lessons are available in resorts and on slopes in the UK.
To find a local slope please visit our slope finder.
When you book your lessons, you will be able to hire all the equipment you need at most ski schools and slopes.
What to Wear:
Jacket /Trousers (salopettes)
You will need a good ski jacket, trousers or salopettes (dungaree-style padded trousers). You will need a weatherproof outer layer, and you can choose between insulated or non-insulated varieties.
You will need a pair of well-fitted pair of boots. If you enjoy snowsport, buying fitted boots will give you the kind of comfort you do not get from hired ones.
Bindings fix your boots to your skis.
A good ski shop will guide you to the right type, for example; alpine bindings have an automatic release to help keep you safe when you fall a certain way. The shop should set your bindings individually to your requirements.
Skis come in many different makes and sizes. Renting is advisable to begin with, but once you are regularly going to the slopes it is great to own your own kit. Modern skis and boards are designed to make learning and progress easy, so good advice is worth a lot.
Good for skiing fast or in the snow and rain.
Protect your eyes with full UV protection.
The International Ski Federation strongly recommend the use of helmets for recreational skiing. Helmets are already compulsory in competitions. Always get your helmet fitted properly (please click here for Snowsport England advice on Safety Equipment).
A well fitting hat will be required to protect you from the cold air, whether indoor or outdoors in the UK or on the mountain ranges abroad.
A necessity when using the indoor slopes and worth while to keep your hands warm and dry and provide protection on both snow and artificial surfaces.
For balance and propulsion on flat surfaces.
Where to buy
Your local ski retailer should be able to provide you with all the information and advice you need.
Heading for the Snow:
Skiing in the mountains is a fantastic experience, and available in the UK and in resorts abroad such as Europe, USA, New Zealand, Canada and many more throughout the world.
Information on resorts throughout Europe can be found at the Snowlife directory:
For the latest snow conditions, up to date information can be found on Snow Forecast: