I’m going to take a little break from writing posts about what I got up to in New Zealand to bring you one about something I didn’t do there but wish I had. Learning to ski has been on my bucket list for years and yet the opportunity has never presented itself. In this post, Martin Nolan, blogger at thetravelramble.co.uk, argues that you’re never too old to start and it’s just a case of correcting your preconceptions, being proactive and checking out one of these awesome five ski resorts.
The saying ‘You can’t teach an old dog new tricks’ is one of the worst sayings in the world. It’s negative, it puts people off new experiences and, quite frankly, it is not true. The other day I taught my dog to finally get the paper for me in the morning. It got me thinking about how many adults are put off skiing for similar reasons. Skiing often relies on catching people when they’re young and getting them hooked on the buzz of flying down the slopes – man trying to harness nature. Very few people take it up when they’re adults, stating that it looks too difficult, it seems elitist or there don’t seem to be any resorts where beginners can learn the basics.
Well they’re wrong!
Skiing is for everybody. Sure, there was a time when it was associated with sipping wine in a chalet, but thankfully the sport has become more accessible in recent years. Resorts have wised up and now offer a range of services to suit everyone.
Where can I learn?
Five of the top resorts for beginners in Europe are:
1) Pamporovo (Bulgaria)
Eastern Europe is a beginner’s paradise. The opening of new slopes in countries like Bulgaria has made skiing more affordable and accessible. It is probably best to choose a cheaper resort the first time you try skiing because you don’t know whether or not you’ll like it. An added bonus is that the majority of Pamporovo’s runs are beginner slopes.
2) Geilo (Norway)
For the timebeing, our Scandinavian cousins have some of the emptiest slopes around. Crowds and lift queues can ruin your first time. Not to mention the embarrassment of falling over in front of people – and you will fall over! If you’d like to make the most of the relatively empty slopes, move fast. Crystal Ski is in the process of selling its Norwegian resorts, so this may change.
3) Soldeu (Andorra)
Tax havens aren’t just for race car drivers and movie stars. In Andorra, you can ski at one too. Soldeu has some of the biggest nursery slopes in Europe. This means there’s more space for you to explore before you’re ready for the gentle greens. Variety is essential in skiing.
4) Tignes (France)
Tignes is one for the ladies. Like many places in France, it’s a foodie’s paradise. But, unlike everywhere else, it caters for women brilliantly. Women have to master a slightly different technique when they’re learning and Tignes runs women’s only beginner courses. The resort caters for men as well though, so don’t visit expecting some skiing equivalent of Amazonia.
5) Cortina (Italy)
The length and variety of the beginner’s runs at Cortina is staggering. Once you’ve graduated from the nursery, it becomes essential that the runs are simple but provide a lot to explore. If you add the fact that the beginners’ slopes are conveniently located next to the town, you’re on to a winner.
Almost every place where commercial skiing exists will have a nursery slope, so it’s never too late to learn that ‘new trick’.
Source of article : http://beyondblighty.com